Mullingar to Gain from Cesarewitch deal
It has just been confirmed that Gain will once again sponsor the Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar track this year but details regarding prize money have yet to be announced.
Gain Dog Foods are long-standing sponsors of the 600-yard classic which was first staged at Navan track in 1960 but was then switched to Mullingar when the Co Meath track closed its gates in 1999.
The last winner of the Cesarewitch when run at Navan was Bonus Prince and he was actually just one of two dogs to win an Irish classic three years on the trot. The other was the remarkable Irish Derby treble winner Spanish Battleship.
This year's Gain Dog Food Irish Cesarewitch will commence on Saturday, March 28 and the final will be run on Sunday, April 19. The final will be run as a big family occasion at the track and it will be a benefit for Baylin NS.
The GMHD Insurances Juvenile Classic got off to a most exciting start at Tralee last Friday when Graham Holland's Sidarian Vega (10.01) was a most impressive fastest winner with a 28.41 run. This son of Westmead Hawk should maintain his unbeaten record by winning Heat 4 this evening where Ring Ben and Ballymac Matt look the dangers.
The two other runners to create a big impression were the Owen McKenna-trained duo of Farloe Rumble and Go Django and they will be expected to put up polished performances. I was most impressed the way Farloe Rumble (8.58) disposed of the highly-rated Knight Invader then but this is a really tough task with Aguasantas, Paradise Galaxy, Knight Invader, Coolavanny Slip and Droopys Saab all having shown promise last week.
Go Django (9.28) represents a formidable Wicklow/ Tyrone Syndicate and he should win the third heat where Hovex Prince, Fire Height Tosh and Lenson Premier will also have support. Noel Browne's Coolavanny Kerry (8.28) could well be the answer to the other heat.
Best bets at Harold's Cross this evening could be Noel Walker's Faypoint View (9.40) and John Garrett's Springfield Gar (10.25).
The entries started to roll in for the Con & Ann Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick yesterday much to the relief of track manager Liam Kennedy.
Yesterday morning there were just four names in the book but by mid-afternoon that number had risen to 30 and the entries don't close until Tuesday week.
The list is already beginning to look very impressive with Pat Buckley having entered a huge team.