Monday 23 July 2018

Lassa signed up for shot at Select glory

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

One thing's for sure, there is no lack of opportunities for our middle-distance stars.

Not alone will the second round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger be run next Saturday, but in Waterford the three heats of the Gain Feeds Select Stakes will bring the crowds rolling in to Kilcohan Park.

The Select Stakes has taken over from what was formerly known as the Masters and the last few runnings have been thrilling affairs.

Eighteen dogs will contest Saturday's first-round heats with three qualifying from each, thus providing nine qualifiers for the semi-finals.

These will then be joined by three exempted runners which will be the highest placed dogs available from the Derby, Oaks and Laurels finals. Already a confirmed acceptor is the Laurels winner Lassa Expedition, while Carrowgarriff is the Derby final participant.

The Oaks representative is not yet known, but it can be confirmed that Locnamon Bridie and the retired Badminton Girl will not be running.

If Melodys Diamond qualifies from the St Leger second round on Saturday then the position will go to one of the unplaced Oaks finalists.

Waterford manager Kathleen Lennon reports that she is still a few dogs short with entries due to close today. Those already in the book are Jaxx On Fantasy, Farloe Calvin, Killinan Baby, Holycross Gerry, Burgess Rumble, Kilgraney Thomson, Kilgraney Bolt, Southest Suzie, Whatasetup, Skilful Black, Outchaboya, Risk Of Ice, Clearview North and the local qualifier winner Mistaken.

Tonight's racing

It may look a run-of-the-mill meeting at Shelbourne this evening, but there are a number of interesting puppies in action and it would be no surprise if we witness a few very decent performances.

One that looks most interesting is Frances O'Donnell's Skywalker Candy (9.30), which was a very good 29.29 winner on her only appearance at Clonmel.

A reproduction of that performance should see her home in this semi-final of an A3 contest. The other semi-final has a few smart looking pups and one has to respect the Reggie Roberts runner Head Guide (9.15), which is a member of a useful litter which includes 28.21 winner Miz Direction.

Head Guide has performed well in Longford trials and may be ready for a winning debut.

Clonmel entries

Eddie Anderson is on the lookout for entries for the John Kennedy Motors Open 790, which is due to start at Clonmel on Sunday.

The event has a first prize of €2,000 and if he can get a few more entries, the stake will be run as an 18-entry event, with four to qualify from the first round. Entries close at noon today.

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