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Greyhounds - Draw boosts Mind The Net's Select chances

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Board chairman Phil Meaney announced the decision at an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee

Board chairman Phil Meaney announced the decision at an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee

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Board chairman Phil Meaney announced the decision at an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee

Already a finalist in both the Scottish and English Derby finals this year, Mind The Net will have the assistance of a trap six draw when he bids to qualify for yet another major decider in the Gain Select Stakes at Waterford on Saturday.

The draw for the semi-finals was made yesterday after the three exemptions had been finalised.

It transpires that Dolcino Flyer, reported to be injured following a trial around the track on Saturday night in preparation for the Select, is not as badly injured as was first suspected and he takes the Puppy Derby final place, having finished third in that puppy classic behind Quietly and Farloe Blitz.

Dolcinos Flyer is drawn to run from trap three in the second heat and there he will come up against his kennel companion Mind The Net, and the latter must be fancied.

It is a cracking contest, with the line-up being completed by the ideally drawn Farloe Calvin, Derby finalist Borneo, Newlawn Impact and Southest Suzie.

Laurels winner Vimmerby will take his place in the first semi and Johnny Kavanagh's dog has drawn the six trap. He will have quite a battle to the bend with Tynwald Bish and Lemon Miley on his inner and with Paradise Maverik, Kilara Hey Mac and Copper Lodge in the other inside boxes.

Of these, the injury-plagued Paradise Maverik would look to have the best draw in the red and it will be a surprise if he doesn't make his way to the final.

Hot Van Gaal

There is a very interesting card at Shelbourne tonight, where a number of exciting young pups will be in action.

Surely the most promising is PJ Fahy's Tyrur Van Gaal (8.15), which will be a short-priced favourite to win the Unraced final.

He has almost a full second in hand on his rivals from the semi-finals last week and he should have way too much pace for them. He looks a very special prospect.

His owner PJ Fahy has a big number of representatives on the night and he could have a number of winners.

One I particularly fancy is Van Gaal's litter brother Tyrur Flynn (9.0), which contests the fifth race, but here he has some serious rivals such as Future Champion Stake runner-up Country Legend and Eugene Price's Pennys Kazi.

A name worth noting is Laughil Duke (8.0) in the opening contest. He is a younger half-brother to this year's Derby winner Laughil Blake and, while he lacks experience, he can be involved in a battle with Fahy's bitch Tyrur Ellie.

Leger trios

The Trio pools on all four quarter finals of the Kerry Agribusiness St Leger will be guaranteed to €1,000 at Limerick on Saturday. This is provided each race will have six runners.

Irish Independent