Irish trainers looking towards big UK prizes
The continued closure of Shelbourne Park is causing havoc with the planning of trainers of our leading track greyhounds and they have no option but to challenge for the major prizes on offer across the water.
Already this year Dolores Ruth and Graham Holland have launched successful raids on two valuable British events but the momentum is picking up and we can expect record numbers of Irish runners in the Scottish and English Derbies which are coming up in the next three months.
Pat Buckley and Paul Hennessy have already had greyhounds over at Shawfield for trials in advance of the Scottish classic which commences on April 22. Pat Guilfoyle and Owen McKenna are to visit the track in the next nine days with their likely runners.
Guilfoyle is sending over Good News with John Kennedy for a trial tomorrow evening and then on Saturday week McKenna will be trialling three dogs, Farloe Joey, Farloe Falcon and Hot Trend. It is more than likely that a few more will decide to join them.
The capitulation of leading British trackers Droopys Buick and Bubbly Bluebird at Tuesday's Trainers Championship meeting at Towcester would encourage Irish hopes for further Irish successes in the coming months.
The RPGTV Scottish Derby final will be on Saturday, May 6 and the English Derby will then commence on May 24.
Enniscorthy will again be providing the Inter Track pictures at Shelbourne Park this evening and some interesting racing will be enjoyed by the Shelbourne racegoers in the absence of the live racing.
Helen Toft's Cosy Messi (8.45) opened his account last week when coming with a strong late run to beat Zip Up Front and he can confirm placings in the first semi-final of the Alcast 525.
The most impressive heat winner was Dermot Flynn's Tagalong Hylander (9.0) and he can go in again in the second heat where January Weather may be his main threat.
Tomorrow's Inter Track racing will come from Curraheen Park and then on Saturday the semi-finals of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick will be the featured event.
While on the subject of the Kirby Memorial, the Fraser Black trained Vancouver Shea is the 5/2 favourite with the firms and is followed in the betting lists by Coolavanny Pet and Native Chimes at 5/1.