Hero heads Limerick's Kirby market
Boylesports Hero is the favourite in all lists to win the €80,000 Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake final at Limerick on Saturday.
Predictably, Vans Viking is a close second favourite at 5/2, while the big, early-paced Crokers Champ is now the third favourite at 6/1. Then come Green Prince at 7/1, Ivy Hill Prince at 8/1 and Pennys Deanridge at 33/1.
The Kirby final will be the highlight of a top-class programme at Limerick on Saturday, with the card also including €1,000 Opens over 350, 525, 550, 600, 750, Bitch 525, Puppy (April) 525 as well as AO 525 and A1 575.
A big element of the Kirby Memorial, which is sponsored by big GAA supporter JP McManus, is the tie-up between the event and the Limerick GAA clubs.
Each club in the county nominated an entry in the stake, and the winning club will receive a handsome prize, which will include a free fundraising night at the track.
The clubs involved in the final are: Pennys Deanridge (Templeglantine), Ivy Hill Prince (Effin), Crokers Champ (Bruff), Vans Viking (Knockainey), Green Prince (Tournafulla) and Boylesports Hero (Galbally).
After two weeks on the sick list Declan Carey returns to the Shelbourne racing office this morning and he will have quite a task in trying to fill the Gain 600.
This popular annual event failed to attract the 36 entries which were required last week and it was delayed by a week. There are just 20 names in the book and Tyrur Sugar Ray will be bidding to make amends for his near miss last year.
Trainers with dogs capable of contesting this €20,000 to the winner competition are asked to ring the Shelbourne racing office today.
Navan trainer Ollie Bray has a promising litter by Kinloch Brae out of Royal Mission and he could complete a double at Harold's Cross this evening with members Above The Clouds and Dash Of Class.
Dash Of Class (10.00) displayed a nice touch of early pace when making a winning debut here and he is likely to improve from that run.
Meanwhile, Above The Clouds (8.30) didn't have the best of luck in running on his debut and is well capable of stepping up to the plate here.