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Last in but Cable could solve Leger puzzle





Following a few late additions and defections, the final number of entries for the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick ended at 66 which means that there will be 11 heats on Saturday with the first four qualifying from each as well as the four fastest fifth-placed greyhounds.

The last few dogs entered included the high-profile trio of Brendan Matthews' BoyleSports Irish Derby finalist Cable Bay, PJ Fahy's Tyrur Tommy and Fraser Black's Save The Don and all three would be expected to go a long way in the 550 yards classic.

Indeed, Cable Bay is probably entitled to be favourite to win the event as, apart from being a Derby finalist, he won the €80,000 Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick back in the early season and he clearly acts very well around the circuit.

Cable Bay will run from his favoured inside trap in the final heat and among his rivals is the veteran Limerick specialist Ballyana Foxtrot.

The other Irish Derby finalist in the line-up is Pat O'Brien's Peregrine Falcon and he goes in a hot-looking Heat 10 where the opposition will include Minor Bound, Hannibal Rising, Country Legend and Mimis Ace.

Tyrur Tommy will contest the opening heat and his rivals include Deanridge Pennys and Offshore Bound while another of my ante-post fancies, Secreto, is drawn in opposition to Heathlawn Tiger in the second heat.

Trio for Shelbourne

It is typical graded fare at Shelbourne tonight, with the programme containing wa few tempting betting propositions.

First up in the Novice 750 is Sneezys Saver (8.30) which looked a very decent young proposition in the Tullymurry Act Unraced at Clonmel.

He was bought by Kerry trainer Brendan Maunsell and won an open race at Tralee recently.

The trainer knows what it takes to be a top six-bender and Sneezys Saver could pay to follow here.

Owen McKenna's Exactly (9.00) enjoyed no luck in running on debut but could do better in this A3/4 contest at the expense of Paradise Zidane.

Marie Gilbert and Barbara Lowndes have been enjoying a nice bit of luck lately and Swords Wizard (10.00) could be another for the partnership in the concluding contest, though at a relatively short price following a 28.67 run last time.

The open bitches have a lovely programme of events these days and next up is the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Newbridge Oaks which commences on Friday week with entries due to close on Tuesday next at midday.

For 24 bitches, the Fitzpatrick Oaks will carry a winner's prize of €5,000.

Irish Independent