Holland's Sidarian Vega can defy the Tralee locals
Tralee general manager Declan Dowling is anticipating a truly bumper occasion at the Kingdom Stadium this evening when there will be a huge local involvement in the final of the €15,000 GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic.
"Normally we would have a final top-heavy with dogs from around the country but this time the locals have done extremely well and two local kennels will supply four of the six finalists," said Dowling. "It will guarantee a huge crowd and there is also a really good supporting card."
The local involvement is provided by the Liam Dowling-trained duo of Ballymac Matt and Aguasantas, while owner-breeder Noel Browne from Castleisland has managed to get both Coolavanny Slip and Coolavanny Kerry through to the decider.
All four locals are entitled to run big races but the favourite and likely winner is Sidarian Vega which can continue trainer Graham Holland's domination of the major Tralee events.
The New Inn-based trainer won both last year's features at Tralee and now he is chasing the hat-trick with both Sidarian Vega and Hovex Prince.
Sidarian Vega is the only unbeaten finalist and is a best price 9/10 with the firms. He has proved his ability to win from the front or to overcome adversity by coming from behind and he has a favourable draw from trap two.
The outside runners Coolavanny Kerry, Ballymac Matt and Aguasantas are early pacers but Sidarian Vega (9.58) can lead around the bend and take the prize.
More youngsters will go on show at Newbridge this evening in the first round of the Red Mills/TSC Open Unraced Bitch Stake and there are some very interesting contenders.
Many top kennels are involved with classically bred lassies and some very fast racing is anticipated with the likes of Eugene Price's Pennys Hurricane (8.30), Robert Gleeson's Droopys Sambuca (8.45), Paul Kiely's Fandango (9.00), Fraser Black's Droopys Streak (9.15), Jack Meade's Dalcash Kalade (9.30) and John Linehan's Droopys Lahinch (9.45) likely looking sorts in the various heats.
There is an 11-race graded programme at Harold's Cross this evening and it could signal a return to form for Tara trainer Ian Reilly. When Quietly won the Puppy Derby late last year here, Reilly had a second finalist in Minglers Trio and it is interesting to see this fellow reappearing in an AO/1 525, his first race since that puppy decider. He displayed fine early pace in the Puppy Derby and Minglers Trio (9.25) can prove too sprightly for his rivals this evening.
Reilly can also be on the mark with Droopys Dorothy (10.10) which can catch the likely leader Iceroad Driver close home.