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Greyhounds - Farloe Oyster should take some catching

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Laughil Blake looks set to go off an odds-on favourite for next Saturday's final of the Boylesports.com Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park after producing another highly polished display in the semi-final (stock image)

A year ago Owen McKenna earned his first Puppy Derby when Vanrooney came with that flying late run to take the prize. This time he is back with a real Dublin Coach Puppy Derby contender in Farloe Blitz but this fellow's forte is blasting from traps and throwing down a catch-me-if-you-can challenge!

It is difficult to believe that Farloe Oyster (9.40) is very closely related to top UK stayer Farloe Tango as they have totally different racing styles. While you would expect Tango to come from a mile back to win his races, Blitz will be doing it from the front.

When Blitz was doing his early galloping and trials he would have been accompanied by Quietly and there was precious little between the two youngsters. After smashing the Tralee track record, Quietly was bought by Ian Reilly on behalf of clients Brendan Keogh and Simon Senyk and this will be his fifth race for the new trainer.

Incredibly, he has met Farloe Blitz twice already and they will renew rivalry again in the last of the heats this evening.

Farloe has won their two clashes so far but Quietly is on his inside this evening and it could make things very close between them. Jaytee Berlin, Lefanta Sky, Starshineappollo and Blonde Nipper make up a very tough heat but we'll stay with the top two and with Farloe coming out on top.

My other big fancy before the start was Paradise Maverik (8.55) and the bookmakers agree. He is handling the track so well but his trainer Pat Buckley also has Lenson Sanchez and Beaming Boost in this heat. Maverik is very strong and may be a bit advanced for Lenson at this stage.

Buckley has another two runners in Heat 2 with Ballymac Gordie (9.10) and Dolcino Flyer on duty and Gordie is due a smart start. He will have to clear Whisht A Mhic on the inside but should be too strong.

In the other heat we will side with the David Murray-trained Dians Shadow (9.25) to lead all the way and with Millbank Stevie the one to follow him home.

 

Raheen OK

It would be no surprise in Kilkenny's Langton Hotel Derby final if victory goes to a dog from Offaly, the Pat and Paul Cushen-owned Raheen Boy (9.12).

He has already won a dozen times on the circuit and looked as good as ever when delivering a huge challenge around the bottom last week. He won that semi from Kilcarrig Cillie in 28.97 and a repeat would suffice.

Ann Guilfoyle's Kilcarrig Cillie is well-housed on the inside while Declan Byrne's Master Gorryisle has the early pace to grab an early lead.

Anton Butler's Norristown Bud, Owen McKenna's Loughteen Eoin and Paul Hennessy's Painstown Chief complete the line-up.

Irish Independent