Sunday 8 December 2019

Holland's Wolfe to take Leger glory

The stage is set for a terrific conclusion to what has been a wonderful Leger (stock picture)
The stage is set for a terrific conclusion to what has been a wonderful Leger (stock picture)

Ian Fortune

For the second year running, Graham Holland has four greyhounds in the final of the Friends of Limerick Irish St Leger including the red-hot favourite Wolfe. Of course, he achieved the same feat last year only to be denied by local runner Blastoff Jet.

The market suggests Holland can make amends this evening, however. Wolfe remains unbeaten in the competition and looks set to claim a first major victory. For some time, the son of Tyrur Big Mike has been amongst the best around and a switch to Limerick has seen him reach the peak of his powers.

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Standing in his way is a field packed with quality, although Liam Dowling's Ballymac Anton is seen as the biggest threat. He too is overdue a big-race success, although he may have to wait a little longer if Wolfe can reproduce his recent form.

The field is completed by the Graham Holland-trained trio of Murts Boher, Totos Park and Lenson Austin and the Brendan Maunsell-trained Cash Is King. The quartet are hugely talented although they may lack the X-factor that the big two in the betting possess.

All evidence would suggest Wolfe is going to assume control in the early yards before going on to claim the €30,000 winner's purse, but it would be brash to completely rule out the claims of Ballymac Anton. The stage is set for a terrific conclusion to what has been a wonderful Leger.

At Shelbourne Park, Newinn Taylor can continue the unbeaten start to his career in the second round of the Shelbourne Open Puppy 525. He too represents the all-conquering Holland outfit and looks a bit special.

Swanley Bale and Knocknarea Run can take the other heats.

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