'Giroud' primed to hit target in Tralee Juvenile Classic
While the political side of the sport has unfortunately been dominating the headlines this week, racing goes on and tonight there will be huge interest in the second round of the GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic at Tralee.
As anticipated, there were some brilliant performances in the first round but a few new stars are expected to emerge in the second session.
The big clash of the night could be in the very first heat which houses four first round winners and two runners-up.
Graham Holland's Nitro Notorious was fastest last week when clocking 28.64 but Liam Dowling's Toocoolforschool was only six spots behind him.
However, I was hugely impressed with the running of Pat Buckley's Droopys Giroud and he will play a very big role in this heat.
He goes from trap six and one suspects that his early pace and the experience gained last week can help him to grab an early lead and to stay there.
Owen McKenna has had the misfortune of having three of his runners, Quantity Level, Hazel Mixture and Dumas, drawn together in Heat 4. But this race also includes Our Jacks Lad which was unlucky when second to Nitro Notorious last week and has since been purchased by Paul Hennessy and renamed Jaytee Barracuda. He is my bet of the night.
The big three in the second heat would appear to be Dowling's Borsalino, Denis Fitzgerald's Loskeran Vardy and Buckley's Droopys Pogba. The latter could be the one.
McKenna's Allen Junior looked a smart sort on his debut and he will take beating in the third heat. He is capable of leading all the way and Factotem Boy, one of Buckley's three runners in the contest, can be the main danger.
The first Friday night meeting of the new era is scheduled for Shelbourne Park this evening and it is an interesting card.
One race which looks particularly interesting is the first heat of an S3/4 Sprint in which Bellside Don and Gilroy Dan look like dogs capable of improving.
Bellside wasn't disgraced in the first round of the GMHD Juvenile at Tralee last Friday and his early pace can make him a big player while Gilroy Dan displayed fine early pace last week over 525 and the trip should suit this time.