Friday 19 October 2018

Natalee ready to be crowned queen

Forest Natalee and Droopys Harbour have dominated the betting right through the event. Photo: Stock Image
Forest Natalee and Droopys Harbour have dominated the betting right through the event. Photo: Stock Image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The second stage of the classic weekend at Shelbourne Park tonight will see the top bitches battling it out for the €25,000 Sporting Press Micro Dog ID Irish Oaks.

It has been a high-quality classic and we have been left with a tremendous line-up for the final.

Indeed, as with the Juvenile Derby final last night, it is up in the air as to which bitch will go off favourite.

Forest Natalee and Droopys Harbour have dominated the betting right through the event but the latter was a surprise semi-final casualty, while Forest Natalee picked last week to make a mess of the start.

Natalee still heads the firms' betting lists but she will be strongly challenged for that position by Tibet and Cabra Angel on the track.

I anticipate a huge run from Liam Dowling's Coolavanny Pet and she is well capable of taking the prize.

Tibet could be the best drawn but I am remaining loyal to Forest Natalee to outpace them early and to credit Martin Lanney and Kevin Hutton with the prize.

The quarter-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger will be run at Limerick this evening, while also down for decision is the final of the Agri Store Fair Warrior Sprint at Mullingar.

The National Greyhound Awards presentation postponed from last February will be held tomorrow evening (5.0) at the Killashee Hotel in Naas, when the stars of 2016 will be honoured.

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