Monday 20 November 2017

Millroad can prove he's the real McCoy

It is the richest grade-restricted competition in the Irish calendar and the list of winners features a number of household names. Stock image
It is the richest grade-restricted competition in the Irish calendar and the list of winners features a number of household names. Stock image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The Lee Strand 550 is part of the culture down in Tralee and the history of this great event goes back to the 1970s. A special crowd will make their way to the Kingdom Stadium to witness what should be another thrilling final of the €9,000 competition.

It is the richest grade-restricted competition in the Irish calendar and the list of winners features a number of household names. Tonight's field includes another few potential stars, and the choice is the Johnny O'Sullivan trained Millroad McCoy.

This fella has impressed as a potential future staying champion but he has thrived as the competition progressed and a trap one draw this evening has him installed as the favourite for honours.

Millroad is likely to struggle early but his tight railing and back-straight pace should carry him into a position where he can unleash his big finishing burst. He is made the selection to win from the Tom O'Neill-trained Ballyhooly Fin and Gerry Holian's Summerfield Sky.

Up the road at Limerick Stadium the reigning Boylesports Irish Derby champion Rural Hawaii will be bidding to add another major prize to his collection as he contests the second semi-final of the Greyhound & Petworld Golden Muzzle Open 550.

One of three Graham Holland runners in the field, Rural Hawaii (9.55) displayed much of his old dash last week and can lead home from Sellout Magic and Black Truffle.

Irish Independent

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