'Holycross' makes quick reappearance
The race for the puppy championship picks up pace this evening when the long-established Texacloth Juvenile Derby commences at Newbridge.
This competition has been turning out the champions for more than 40 years and has again attracted a real quality entry.
By the nature of the event the formbook is hardly the greatest guide as many of the top contenders go into the event with little by way of experience and they emerge as new stars of the track.
Take the Owen McKenna-trained Holycross Lad for instance. He was an unraced tracker a month ago but he went through the Red Mills Unraced at Curraheen Park with an unbeaten record and won the final with real dash in a flying time of 28.22.
He now steps up against more experienced racers when he contests Heat 6 and should lead home the accomplished Tralee performer Misty Supreme.
Another which has made a bright start to her career is the Paul Scally-owned Cabra Angel and she can advertise her class in Heat 2 where she is due to occupy the inside box.
There was a disappointing response to the valuable Dublin Cup which will be run for the first time at Shelbourne. There are just 18 entries for the €5,500 competition and one which catches the eye is James Robinson's Uncle Liam which is a litter brother to Texaco contender Jaytee Jade. He showed real promise at this track a month ago.