Dubs' Shelbourne date to attract big crowd
With the Christmas schedule kicking in next week, Dublin greyhound fans have double meetings to contend with each Friday between now and Christmas. The process gets an earlier-than-planned kick-start with the special Dublin GAA fundraiser likely to attract a large crowd to Shelbourne Park this evening.
Owners and trainers are reminded that weigh-in will be earlier this evening, between 6.30 and 7pm, while the first race at Shelbourne will go off at 7.43pm. The Dublin team will be present and they will have Sam Maguire in their company. There will be photo opportunities.
The quality of the Shelbourne card is on a par with many Saturday night offerings. One that appeals is the Pat Buckley-trained Jumeirah Hope (8.58) in the Open 350. A top sprinter last year, she returned from a lengthy absence last weekend and ran a blinder when second behind Catherines Drico. A repeat of that form would entitle her to win this contest where Crown Champ and Fordeflag represent formidable rivals.
The early part of the card provides a few opportunities and Buckley could also be among the winners with Dolcino Flyer (8.43) which was a leading puppy last year but has had an interrupted campaign this year. He is well housed in the A1 fifth and is nominated to lead home Jeanettedollemma.
Peter Cronin has been running some exciting youngsters recently and he could be on the mark with All About Pete (7.58) in the A2 575. He was finishing fast over 550 yards last week and may appreciate the step up in distance.
Graham Holland will have a strong team on duty and he can win the Open 750 with Milldean Cougar (9.43) which has the perfect draw and will have no Two Bens to contend with this time.
Karol Ramsbottom could be in for an exciting end to the season, having taken over the training of UK stayer Ribble Atom for the forthcoming Marathon at Harold's Cross. He plans on giving that bitch a preparatory trial today while he could well be among the winners at the Cross with Garryglass Lulu (8.40) which looks capable of winning this A1 550. She has mixed it with some of the best this year and looks the class runner in this.
There are some promising youngsters in the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake at Tralee. Last week, PJ Fahy's Tyrur Serena (8.42) held off Liam Dowling's Ballymac Manuela by half a length and they clash again in the first semi where Serena may again get first run.
Third behind them last week was John Tuohy's Trade Beatrice and she will go close in the second heat where Tom O'Connor's Sensation Shiraz (8.57) may just be the stronger.