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Greyhounds - Lenson can justify Joe Dunne favouritism

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Photo: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Photo: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

Photo: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE

It can be safely stated that the official 2015 season kicks off this evening at Shelbourne with the first round of the Joe Dunne Memorial down for decision where the 12 race card will boast no less than nine open contests.

It is the first Super Saturday of the year and some of the top greyhounds on training will be having an earlier than usual return to action. While there are only four heats in the Joe Dunne, the event is still full of quality and Pat Buckley, in particular, will be hoping for a big night.

The Cappawhite trainer has a powerful three-pronged challenge for the event and it is headed by Lenson Sanchez (9.13) which is best priced at 50/1 to win the English Derby following his victories in the BIF Night of Stars and the English Puppy Derby at the end of last season.

He is a powerful tracker that will benefit from a move up to 550 yards but he can prove too good for Drive On Vick and Milldean Cougar in the third heat this evening.

Buckley can also be on the mark in the Dunne heats with Beaming Boost (8.58) which may be too smart for Bruno Ya Know and the improving Mutual Regard.

Buckley's View The Moon won't contest the opening heat because he is not qualified and Paul Hennessy's De Star Lord (8.43) may be the answer to this teaser.

The other Buckley challenger is Ballymac Gordie in the final heat but I have to oppose him with Owen McKenna's Bearatipp (9.28), which created such an impression with his scorching early pace last week.

Others worth noting on the Shelbourne card are Tom Ryan's Move Over Neale (9.43), Paul Hennessy's Barefoot Apollo (9.58) and his kennel companions De Real McCoy (10.13) and Barefoot Agent (10.28).

Vetsearch fancies

The Vetsearch Recharge A3 kicks off at Limerick with an interesting entry and a few stand out as strong outright contenders. Paudie Ryan's Ten Feet Tall (8.10) is well dropped in grade while young Matt Kiely's Shaneboy Daisy (8.40) looks a real prospect in the third heat.

Then in the final two heats we make strong note of the Robert Gleeson trained Droopys Braedon (9.55) and this impressive Shelbourne winner will soon be open grade.

Pat O'Connor has obviously held Hawthorn Rumble (10.10) for this competition following that impressive 17.75 sprint debut success and he could be just about anything!

Clonmel best

The second round of the Red Mills Unraced will be run at Clonmel tomorrow and Ballydoyle Honey (9.15) and Razldazl Oisin (9.0) can win.

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