Holland insists Sidarian Lisa will run in final
GRAHAM HOLLAND has refuted the rumours which were circulating regarding Sidarian Lisa's participation in the final of the Shelbourne Open 575 tomorrow.
The Golden-based trainer said: "Lisa is in fine form and is a definite runner. We had her entered for the Bitch Stake at Clonmel but the entries for that closed before the Shelbourne semi-finals and we would have ran her at Clonmel if she hadn't qualified for the final. But she is in the final and that is where she runs. I realise she hasn't a great chance of beating Paradise Madison but a final is a final and it is an honour to be in there".
Holland also gave a very upbeat report on his star puppy Sidarian Blaze, which is due to contest the first round of the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne tomorrow.
Sidarian Blaze won the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne in December and is currently co-favourite for this year's ETS Irish Derby. Incidentally, he will meet another co-favourite, Deanridge Pennys, in tomorrow's contest.
Eleven months ago Raggletaggle Rio won the Vetsearch Open 525 at Limerick and the veteran tracker sets out tomorrow night in defence of his title when this year's event will kick off. He is now in his fifth year and he has been given a tough test in the opening heat where De Real McCoy and Killinan Baby will likely dispute favouritism.
The long-range fancy to win the competition is the Pat Buckley-trained Mind The Net, which goes from trap six in a second heat that includes the well-drawn Burgess Rumble and track specialist Cutters Blue.
Pat O'Connor's Parish Hero is something of a southern specialist and will take the world of beating from an inside draw in the third heat.
Jim Love's Flimsy Truth (10.30) boasts a great record at Harold's Cross. She looks the one to beat in the concluding 550 this evening from what looks a reasonable draw.
Michael Meade has got a fine tune out of Rushwee Gold (10.15) and the red jacket should enable the Blackstone Gene whelp to land an A3 525.
There will be another dual meeting at Dundalk this evening with the eight-race greyhound card commencing at 9.40. In the opening A1 550, Netherville Hawk (9.40), which ran against Paradise Madison last time, will certainly be better suited to this grade.