Monday 24 September 2018

Good news bids for historic victory

Good News ran a blinder when coming late to beat the early-paced Colarhouse Gerry in Tuesday’s semi-final and he will have to overcome the same rival this time (stock photo)
Good News ran a blinder when coming late to beat the early-paced Colarhouse Gerry in Tuesday’s semi-final and he will have to overcome the same rival this time (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Good News bids to become the first greyhound since the legendary Spanish Battleship to follow up an Irish Derby victory with a Ladbrokes Easter Cup success when he contests the Shelbourne Park feature this evening.

It is 63 years since the Battleship won his second Easter Cup and the odds suggest that Good News will this evening score his eighth successive victory.

Trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Good News (9.27) ran a blinder when coming late to beat the early-paced Colarhouse Gerry in Tuesday's semi-final and he will have to overcome the same rival this time.

The John Linehan-trained Droopys Noah is a major threat to both and is also unbeaten in the competition. The field is completed by the early-paced Kilgraney Master and the very strong pair of Karlow Joe and Fast Fit Alex.

The short break since the semi-finals on Tuesday is unlikely to be a problem with any of the runners but the draw in trap two looks ideal for Good News.

He is likely to chase Colarhouse Gerry and Kilgraney Master out of the second bend and then his strength should bring him home. Droopys Noah and Colarhouse Gerry can follow him home.

The final of the Greyhound & Petworld SuperSprint is the highlight at Curraheen Park and here Owen McKenna's Holycross Lad (9.50) may have too much early for his rivals, best of which may be Butterbridge Bex and Hazels Hope.

The stayers have the stage at Waterford where the Pat Buckley-trained Droopys Dargle gets the vote to win the Yahoo Kennels 730 while Buckley can also win the Red Mills Champion Bitch at Thurles with Pennylane Lucky.

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