Thursday 14 November 2019

Good News for the Irish challenge in Scottish Derby bid

Eight Irish-trained greyhounds set out on the Scottish Derby trail at Shawfield. (Stock photo)
Eight Irish-trained greyhounds set out on the Scottish Derby trail at Shawfield. (Stock photo)

Michael Fortune

Eight Irish-trained greyhounds will set out on the Scottish Derby trail this evening at Shawfield but many of our top trackers will be in action in competitions on the home tracks also. There are strong hopes for a few Irish victories in the Shawfield heats which will be shown live on RPGTV (Channel 468).

Our best hopes in the event are probably represented by Pat Guilfoyle's Good News (7.54), Owen McKenna's Hot Trend (8.26) and Pat Buckley's Coolavanny Mason (9.15). They are worth a bet.

The semi-finals of the quickpark.ie Oaks will be run at Limerick and the two main fancies are Liam Dowling's Ballymac Belle (9.55) and Graham Holland's Ardrahan Zindi (10.10).

The highly valuable Riverside Oscar Stake commences at Curraheen Park with reigning Derby champion Rural Hawaii in the first heat of the €10,000 competition. He will need to be on his toes to get the better of Kilgraney Ace (9.00) and Beannacht Tagdh.

Event sponsor Larry O'Rourke has big prospects with Riverside Chip (9.15) while Dowling's Coolavanny Pet (10.00) looks perfectly housed in Heat 5.

Tomorrow at Clonmel, the BIF National Produce Stakes will commence with nine heats. The star of the opening round could be the Francie Murray-trained Kirby Memorial finalist Rathnasare Champ which can make his early pace tell in the final heat.

Another fancy is the John Linehan-trained Drive On Razer (8.00). Race of the night can be Heat 8 where strong cases can be made for all six runners.

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