Thursday 22 August 2019

Maid out but Christmas Oaks has classy look

Donal Murphy’s bitch was a good winner last Saturday (Stock image)
Donal Murphy’s bitch was a good winner last Saturday (Stock image)

Michael Fortune

The entries continued to arrive yesterday for the Gain Christmas Oaks at Shelbourne and the figure has now topped the required 36. The draw will be made this morning but, unfortunately, one leading fancy will be missing as Badminton Maid has been withdrawn after coming in season.

Donal Murphy's bitch was a good winner last Saturday and was just settling down at Shelbourne. But nature took a hand and we understand that she is likely to be mated.

However, entries which arrived included Priceless Lassie, Kilara Lizzie, Catunda Yvonne, Pennys Iona and Hidden Louise, while Graham Holland has yet to confirm his final team which is likely to include the likes of Skywalker Pearl, Rural Maui, Hovex Princess and Sidarian Nell. It really is shaping up into a high-class competition and should produce some terrific racing over the coming weeks.

The busy Christmas period kicks off this week with an extra meeting each week at Shelbourne and Harold's Cross. This means there will be two meetings in Dublin each Friday and Saturday night between now and Christmas.

The racing offices will have a busy time but at least they have the high-profile events such as the Comerford Cakes and the Gain Christmas Oaks at Shelbourne as well as the Bookmakers Marathon and the Gold Collar at Harold's Cross to bolster the pool of greyhounds.

Tim's Fairway

There will be the standard nine races on offer at Shelbourne this evening and the running of Fairway View (10.00) will be most interesting.

Back in the summer this fellow made a huge impression in the rounds of the Tullymurry Act Unraced at Clonmel, but since missing the kick in the final he has failed to make any impact in a limited number of outings. Handled by Derby-winning trainer Tim O'Donovan and from trap one, he looks an obvious choice for the semi-final of an A2/3 competition.

The form of the recent Future Champion Unraced at Enniscorthy has been well advertised by Droopys Roddick and Droopys Nine in the English Puppy Derby. Another which displayed real talent in that competition was the Tom Codd-trained Street Lane (9.30) which will make his first visit to Dublin for an A2 contest. He displayed big early pace at Enniscorthy and may give the likely favourite Forrachmore Dubh plenty to do here.

Pick 4 Jackpot

Tonight's Pick 4 Jackpot at Shelbourne is guaranteed to €2,500 and will operate on the usual races, 4-7.

News from Curraheen Park is that the traditional Macroom Motors Stake will commence on Saturday week. It will be a 24-dog Open 575 carrying a winner's prize of €3,500 and entries close Tuesday morning.

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