Marco in pole for historic double tilt
It has been confirmed by Shelbourne Park that Gain Feeds will sponsor the Open 600, which will commence at the track tomorrow week.
The oldest sponsored competition in Ireland, it was formerly known as the Guinness 600 and has operated under a variety of names in the last 20 years.
This year's event is for 36 dogs and boasts a very attractive winner's prize of €20,000. Entries will close on Tuesday with the first-round heats four days later.
Also commencing tomorrow week at headquarters will be the Healthcare & Transport Services Puppy Oaks, and this will be a 36-runner event as well.
It will be confined to bitches whelped in April 2012 or later and the winner's prize will be €6,000.
Race of the night
The big race of the night in Ireland will be the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup at Kilkenny, where the draw favours the Karol Ramsbottom-trained Garryglass Marco (9.12), which is chasing an historic Langton Derby/McCalmont Cup double.
Owned by the trainer's dad Willie, Garryglass Marco loves an inside draw and he looks the likely leader up the inside, while Woolie No Shoes and Ardrahan Zebo will be going fast up the outer.
The big danger to them all, though, is John Linehan's big-finishing Droopys Der if he can get a clean passage around the opening bend.
Also tonight the semi-finals of the John & Mary 'Killeacle' Dowling Memorial 570 will be run at Tralee. The bet of the night here could be the James Kelleher-trained Sullane Fluffy (9.28), which was unlucky last week when baulked on the opening bend before finishing a good second behind Millridge Leader. She can reverse placings with that rival this time.
The opening heat looks a very open affair, but Joan Allan's Letmebelucky (9.13) could be the one.
At Harold's Cross the best wine may be kept till last with Brendan Murphy's Rockmount Puma (10.25) holding appeal. He ran up the Puppy Derby Plate and looked to be on his way back to top form when an unlucky loser last time.
The 570 trip will hold no fears for him.
Another worth noting is Liam O'Rourke's Devil His Due (10.10), which also appears to be getting back to his best.
All About Ya, trained by Peter Cronin for Willie Rigney, won the semi-final of the Pin Point Arc at Swindon on Wednesday night and has drawn trap two in next Wednesday's final.
He missed the break, but led out of the second bend and held on by a short head from King Dec in 28.85. His former kennel companion Sidaz Harris was fastest semi-final winner in 28.57.