Greyhounds: Net can prevail in clash of the favourites
With four quarter-finals of the Boylesports.com Irish Derby, four heats of the Derby Plate and an excellent supporting card, there is something for everybody at Shelbourne Park this evening.
There are potential highlights in all the Derby quarter-finals but the third heat stands out as it features a battle between the favourites Laughil Jack and Mind The Net, with the big-finishing English raider Droopys Ward thrown in.
Mind The Net is bidding for his third Derby final of the year, having already been fancied for both the Scottish and English classics. He has drawn a blank so far but he is giving all the right vibes.
The run to the bend between the Michael O'Donovan-trained Laughil Jack and Mind The Net (9.25) can be crucial but, with a metacarpal problem lurking over Laughil, the vote must go to Mind The Net; Paul Young's Droopys Ward is drawn to be third.
The first heat is intriguing with Liam Dowling's Ballymac Vic (8.55) up against the rejuvenated Kisses For Cloda with Ballyana Foxtrot, Borneo, Shopping Basket and Ivy Hill Prince completing a very trappy line-up.
Despite his wide draw Paradise Maverik (9.10) can lead home Vulturi and Emers Superstar in Heat 2, while Tyrur Sugar Ray (9.40) can maintain the dream of a third Irish Derby final appearance by winning Heat 4 from Skywalker Farloe.
Johnny Kavanagh's Vimmerby (7.55) has the ability to win the first heat of the Ger McKenna/ Seamus Graham Memorial Plate while Pennys Deanridge (8.10) could lead home Fiery Splendour and Cabra Buck in the second. Blenheim Cracker (8.25) and Paradise Silva (8.40) can take the others.
There are some terrific pools for punters at Shelbourne. There will be two Pick 4 Jackpots, with guarantees of €2,000 and €2,500.
There will be guaranteed Trio Pools on all races. The Derby heats will have pools of €5,000 while the other eight races will have pools of €3,000, dependent on six runners in each.
The gates will open at Shelbourne this evening at 4.45pto facilitate football followers to view the Mayo/ Kerry game.
There are eight finals on tonight's bumper card at Curraheen Park highlighted by the final of the Greyhound & Petworld A1. Racing will start early at 7.30 and the selection to win the big final is Burgess Four (9.43).
The heats of the Shaneboy Spencer Fair Warrior Sprint will be run at Mullingar and worth an interest are Ballymac Matthew (8.0), Springwell Watsy (8.15), Crown Champ (9.15) and Aclamon Messi (9.30).