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Young superstar Droopys Nidge will be hoping to relaunch a potentially great career when he contests the opening round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick this evening. Photo credit: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Young superstar Droopys Nidge will be hoping to relaunch a potentially great career when he contests the opening round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick this evening. Photo credit: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Young superstar Droopys Nidge will be hoping to relaunch a potentially great career when he contests the opening round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick this evening. Photo credit: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It is rare that to find Irish-trained greyhounds challenging for the RFS Puppy Derby at Wimbledon, but in tonight’s final the odds are pretty short about Pat Buckley taking the top prize with one of his two finalists.

Both of his dogs were impressive semi-final winners on Friday, when Lenson Sanchez was again fastest. Lenson Sanchez has drawn trap two in tonight’s final, which will be televised live on Sky.

Buckley’s second runner Ballymac Gordie will occupy trap three and their styles of running would suggest that they are ideally housed.

The danger to them is the inside runner Likeitalot, which ran a big race behind Lenson in Friday’s semi-final.

The split clocks suggest that Lenson Sanchez (9.04) will be too strong for his rivals and he can take the £6,000 prize at the expense of Ballymac Gordie and Likeitalot.

Both Irish dogs face a tough week as they head the entries for the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake, which starts at Shelbourne on Saturday night.

The entries have been slow coming in – there were just 32 names in the book yesterday afternoon for the €15,000-to-the-winner event, designed for 54 runners.

The draw will be made tomorrow morning and entries will be taken up to that time.

Buckley has five entries, his others being Beaming Boost, Coolavanny Pandy and View Moon.

Other leading names in the draw include Fatboyz Josh, Daytime Dazzler, Country Legend, Dians Shadow, Quarterland Nico, Quarterland Abbey, Steeple Rd Vic, Stop The World, Quick Jack, Davys Maestro, Salonika, Lefanta Sky, Paradise Kane, Black Rogue, Baile Mhic, Cunning Barney, Rockchase Master, Trinity Forest, Winetavern Megan, Ballybough Mike, Great Samurai, Time To Share, Killoe Dan, Fairway Pressure, Sonadora, Joyful Dribbler and Solvitas Moon.

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Flying Gene 

The Michael Dwan-owned Borna Gene gave an outstanding performance when winning the opening semi-final of the Roseanne McIlhone Memorial at Clonmel on Sunday evening.

The young bitch took it up at the first bend and went on to win by seven and a half lengths in 28.55. Rafas Wee Star was second, a length in front of Ballymac Georia.

In the other heat, the Fraser and Paul Black-owned Tyrur Linda also took up the running on the opening bend and she won by two lengths from Windgap Coke in 29.12.

There will be a break with tradition this week at Waterford. There will be a special meeting at the track today at 2.0 in conjunction with the Golden Years Festival. Due to this meeting there will be no racing at Waterford on Friday.


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