Thursday 22 February 2018

Greyhounds: Edward primed to be top dog at Kilkenny

Greyhounds, Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Greyhounds, Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

The main action on the tracks will be at Kilkenny where the six heats of the Langton Hotel Derby will be run. By name this is an A1 event but many of the contenders have already made their mark as open performers.

Indeed some of the entries contested the early rounds of the Irish Derby and one of these, Lughill Edward (9.36), will surely appreciate the slight ease in grade in the concluding Heat 6. Tina Cooke's dog is a very strong runner with a 28.48 win around Shelbourne to his credit. He should get the better of Kilgraney Apollo.

The John O'Connell handled Dannys Zebo (9.24) has already collected a fine open prize, the Tipperary Cup, and he loves an inside draw. Everything will be in his favour in the fifth heat where he can hold off the anticipated big run from Fiancee Alsation.

Declan Byrne has a few interesting runners and his Youghal Oaks winner Millies Tavern (8.48) can get back on the winning trail after an early Derby exit. Others worth noting are Paul Hennessy's Olympic Money (8.36) and track specialist Raheen Boy (9.0).

Puppy pointers

Next Friday the Dublin Coach Puppy Derby will commence at Harold's Cross and a number of contenders will go through their final paces tonight.

Paul Hennessy expects to have two runners in the classic and both will be having a run this evening. They failed to figure last week when having their first look at the track but they didn't enjoy the best of runs and that experience can stand them in good stead this time.

Jaytee Berlin (8.40) impressed in an unraced stake at Kilkenny where he was a fast-finishing second at the line. Last week he missed the break and encountered plenty of traffic problems. He can make amends in this contest.

Barefoot Big Ben (9.10) was similarly involved in plenty of hardship after breaking slowly a week ago and he can be followed again on the evidence of his earlier 29.12 run around Kilkenny.

Pacino bound for Oz

Razldazl Pacino, which won the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross, won't race in Ireland again.

The dog will start out on the journey to Australia on Tuesday after Dolores Ruth concluded a joint venture deal with the Sandown Racing Club. He has won three of his four starts over six bends and will be handled down under by Kel Greenough.

Shuttle bus

The Dublin Coach complimentary shuttle bus will leave D'Olier Street at 7pm for Harold's Cross tonight and for Shelbourne tomorrow. The bus will return each night at 10.30pm

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