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Greyhounds - Hamilton's Tornado could brew up a storm

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Six Irish-trained runners will compete in the William Hill English Derby

Six Irish-trained runners will compete in the William Hill English Derby

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Six Irish-trained runners will compete in the William Hill English Derby

There is little by way of open class racing in Ireland this evening but there will be the usual competitive fare on the tracks countrywide and we can anticipate plenty of thrills and spills.

Harold's Cross will produce the biggest turnover and there will be few if any short-priced favourites on a very open 11-race card.

Best bet could well be Anthony Hamilton's Daylens Tornado (7.55) in the A4 second contest.

He was just touched off last week in the second of his two starts, having previously made a winning start to his career. He has good early pace and, if claiming the early lead, will take all the beating.

The Starshine Syndicate are enjoying a fine start to the season and they can continue their run with Starshineappollo (8.10) in the A3 third. Early pace is part and parcel of the make-up and can enable him to lead all the way in the A3 contest.

Talking of early pace, the AO/1 tenth race is crammed with it and the battle to the bend can be crucial.

Trap six will be a big assistance to the John McGee-trained Crinkill Scholar (9.55) and he may have the beating of Icecool Pirlo, Starshineverona and Wisteria to the bend.

The Willie White-trained Zoos Salubrious (9.25) ran on well in the finale last week behind Reef Titan but can make amends in this A1/2 event where he will be occupying the four box.

Diego sold

Fastest first round winner in the Red Mills Unraced at Clonmel last week, Diego Flight has been bought by Brendan Keogh and is a doubtful runner in Sunday's second-round heats.

The Paul Ryan-owned Diego Flight clocked 29.01 in that first-round victory and will now be joining the McNair kennels in his preparation for the English Derby.

He was due to contest the third heat on Sunday where among his rivals would be the John Linehan-trained Droopys Ford.

Classy 790

The Greyhound & Pet World Open 790, which begins at Clonmel on Sunday, is a high-class affair and will set the tone for the marathon campaign this year.

Bookmakers Marathon winner Volcano goes in Heat 3 where she will meet the talented Ballymac Bonnie, while the other big names in the competition are Sparta Katy, Glorious George, Rovera and Droopys Swan.

Gold Cup

Owners and trainers are reminded that the Shelbourne Gold Cup is due to begin tomorrow week. It will be for 36 dogs over 525 and will carry a prize of €20,000. The entries will close on Tuesday.

Irish Independent