Greyhound Racing: Newlawn Impact primed for defining test
Tipperary trainer Pat Guilfoyle first hit the headlines around the time of his 21st birthday and he continues to produce a few top-class trackers each season.
Just now his ace is Newlawn Impact, which sits atop the betting for the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross.
With the field down to the final 24, the tempo is increasing and 9/2 favourite Newlawn finds himself favourably drawn in a devilishly difficult fourth quarter-final on Friday night.
Lined up against him will be second favourite Vanrooney as well as Aclamon Messi, Chicago and Turning Tables, which are quoted at 16/1 or shorter. The field is completed by Barefoot Arthur. This race can fashion the entire Classic.
Droopys Daylewis is vying for third favouritism but could be even closer to the top after he contests an opening heat in which Star Ace is the big rival.
Though she has yet to show that she has recovered her best form, Eamonn Cronin's Shes A Terror is still in there and capable of big improvement. Don't rule out a return to winning ways in Heat 2, where the Paul Hennessy runners Ecclestone and Say Si Si will command respect.
Pat Buckley's Killinan Baby is another bitch likely to enter the semis from Heat 3, where the big-finishing El Flutter would look a banker to make the semis and the final itself.
Bulmers Baby will be four years of age in December but the flying daughter of Droopys Scolari and Ballerin Lass is still performing at the height of her ability.
On Sunday at Mullingar she brought her career record to 29 wins and earnings of over €20,000 when winning the €5,000 Fair Warrior Sprint final at Mullingar.
Trained by John McGee for Keith Mahon and Karl Clinton, Bulmers Baby was a close third to the bend behind Stunning Buddy and Gortmelia Gorey and there was a domino effect of bumping between the trio, but Bulmers rode it well to lead into the back straight.
She went on to win by two lengths from Stunning Buddy in 21.47 with Holborn Mac a five-length third. It was just desserts for Bulmers as she had lost this final by a short head to Uncle Chico last year.
Matt and Frances O'Donnell love having a crack at the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick and that appears the ideal target for Skywalker Farloe after an impressive unbeaten path through the Track Supporters' Club A1/2 550 at Clonmel.
In Sunday's final, Skywalker Farloe swept past Vito Wal down the back before winning by three and a half lengths from Vito Wal in 29.66. Lughill John was another length-and-a-half third.
The winner is owned by the Patterson-Byrne-O'Donnell Syndicate.