The Red Mills/TSC Open Bitch Unraced at Newbridge was turned on its head last week when the red-hot odds-on favourite Droopys Streaky was literally mugged in the opening yards and lost her chance.
In her absence, the way appears to be cleared for a big run from Badminton Maid (9.30) which is trained by Donal Murphy for David McGrath and had previously shown her class when winning her second-round heat easily.
Badminton, a member of that brilliant litter by Brett Lee out of Kildallon Maid, narrowly failed to catch Maria Kennedy's Local Dancer in the semi-final last week but may reverse the placings this time in pursuit of the €5,000 top prize.
The inside runner Cashmerefinn benefited from the trouble to Droopys Streak last week but in the end won independently and Brian Fennelly's bitch must be strongly considered. The run to the bend will be vital but I feel that Badminton Maid may have too much ammunition for her rivals this time.
In the semi-finals of the Redwood A3/4 550 the best bet would appear to be the Fraser Black-trained Kevin Patrick (9.45) which is on a hat-trick following 30.22 and 30.00 winning efforts.
The other big sweepstake action this evening is at Kilkenny where the second round of the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup A1 will be run and presents local trainer Paul Hennessy with great prospects of at least a double.
Hennessy handles Ecclestone (9.00) for event sponsor Michael Dunne and the veteran tracker is capable of better than last week when he missed the flying start and finished second behind Whisht A Mhic. He can leave traps much quicker and can lead home Razldazl Al.
Hennessy's other winner can be Kilara Hey Mac (9.36) which can beat kennel companion Jaytee Barzelona to the bend in the final heat and then hold that rival to the line. Justin Colgan's Whisht A Mhic (9.12) led home Ecclestone last week and he may again defy catching in the second heat while Eugene Dempsey's Skyview Blue (9.24) also has the early pace to reverse placings with Shaneboy Frankie from last week.
Mick Sylver was one of the legends of the tracks and he is remembered at Harold's Cross with the running of a sweepstake in his name. The Galway-born trainer, who was based in Dunboyne, turned out hundreds of winners at the Cross.
Two that make appeal in the heats of the A3 525 are Tommy Bolton's Sportsman Sam (9.10) and John McGee's Gizmo Rocket (9.25). Others worth noting are Ian Reilly's Minglers Trio (10.10) and Larry Mason's An Tochar Carlos (9.40).