Wednesday 22 November 2017

May and Tauriel withdrawn from Oaks heat

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The quarter-finals of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks will be run at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night but two withdrawals yesterday mean that the third heat will now be a four-runner affair.

Absent from the heat will; be Sausalito May and Tauriel but it still promises to be a most open contest with four highly-rated contenders in litter sisters Urban Gossip and Hovex Princess, Kingsmill Bound and Lislevane Swift in opposition.

There have been no withdrawals from the other three heats and so Ballydoyle Honey remains a prohibitive odds-on favourite to win the classic. The favourite has been helped by another draw in trap one in the last of the heats and will be a very hot order in this contest.

It is going to be quite a week at Shelbourne where the €5,000 ECC Timber 525 commences tomorrow evening while completing a high-class Saturday card will be the first round heats of the Gain Feeds 600.

Declan Carey yesterday reported that entries are slow in coming in for the hugely popular 600 competition and he is appealing for some late extra entries prior to today's scheduled first round draw.

Heading the entry is the reigning champion Greenwell Hulk which hasn't raced due to injury since the Night of Stars meeting in November and he has actually only raced twice since the end of last June.

However, recent trials suggest that Jerry Melia's charge is bang in form for his return as he has clocked 28.37 and 28.17 in trials around Shelbourne. Other leading names entered include those of Cable Bay, Droopys Bomber, Tyrur Hagler and Skywalker Farloe but there are other top stayers that have not yet been entered.

Hopefully they will be entered by this morning to ensure another thrilling 600-yard competition.

Jumping in Limerick

the first of the Jumping In The City showjumping fixtures will be staged at Limerick Stadium on Friday night which means that there will be no greyhound racing at the venue that evening. The other meetings in the new series will be at Curraheen Park on Friday, June 12 and then Shelbourne Park on Saturday, June 26.

Friday's fixture commences at 6.45pm and admission prices will be €15 per adult and €10 for students and OAPs. There will be three competitions at each of the fixtures, one for amateurs as well as a Grand Prix and a Puissance.

Singing star Jimmy Buckley is playing an increasing role on the tracks and he can claim a minor prize at Shelbourne tonight with Jumeirah Tom (9.15) nominated to see off Riviera in what promises to be a thrilling final of an A5/6 competition.

Others worth noting on the card are Daithi Smith's Sosaidhs Blue (10.0) and Michael Murphy's Knight Bite (10.15).

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