Sunday 25 February 2018

Exocet entry stalls Night Of Stars draw

Rachel Wheeler scored a notable coup to win the €30,000 Connolly's Red Mills Irish Laurels final at Curraheen Park
Rachel Wheeler scored a notable coup to win the €30,000 Connolly's Red Mills Irish Laurels final at Curraheen Park
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Due to complications regarding the eligibility of UK raider Exocet, the draw for the eight Night Of Stars races has been postponed until this morning.

Exocet was withdrawn from the Essex Vase last week after being reported off-colour by trainer Chris Allsopp. However, by British regulations the dog is not eligible to race again until after having a trial.

When the anomaly came to light yesterday it was decided that the dog would have a trial last night, but the draw could not be made until that trial had taken place.

Accordingly, the draw for the Dandelion Night Of Stars could not be made until after the trial and so the eight races will be drawn this morning at Shelbourne.

The card has been almost finalised by Declan Carey and he has had some major nightmares in selecting the six dogs for most of the races.

Best bets

We have waited since April for the reappearance of Tyrur Rosaleen (10.0) following a hugely impressive racing debut where she finished fourth behind Fridays Twirl in a very hot A1 contest.

She may be lacking experience and a recent run, but Rosaleen can still make her class tell in the concluding A1 at Shelbourne Park, though Excess Reserves' experience makes him a very live threat.

Graham Holland's Beara Hawk (8.30) made a pleasing winning debut here a few weeks back and he has the draw to follow up in the third race, which is an A5 contest.

Pick 7 returns

The Pick 7 is back at Shelbourne Park from Saturday night. Its return was announced yesterday and it will be staged every Saturday at Shelbourne Park only.

The pool this week will be guaranteed to €10,000 and will operate on races 3 to 9. The Pick 4 will operate on races 4 to 7 and will be guaranteed to €2,000.

Classic dates

There has been welcome news from Tralee with confirmation from Denis Murphy that Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan will continue their sponsorship of the Juvenile Classic at the track.

The 2014 event will have a winner's prize of €15,000 and will commence on Friday, February 21, with the final on Friday, March 15.

Puppy betting

It is no surprise that Boylesports are going shortest price about Boylesports Hero for the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne.

They go 4/1, while other firms are offering 5/1. The flying youngster is owned by John Boyle, the boss of Boylesports.

The best prices in advance of the semi-finals are: 9/4 Sidarian Blaze; 9/2 Deanridge Pennys; 5/1 Boylesports Hero; 6/1 Emers Superstar, Redwood Mick; 16/1 Borneo; 25/1 Paradise Malibu; 40/1 Bingojackpottlad, Blenhiem Tricks, Jacks Ace; 50/1 Cashen Maureen, Mr Brightside.

Irish Independent

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