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Trainer Michael O'Donovan with winning connections after Laughil Blake won the  boylesports.com Irish Greyhound Derby 2014

Trainer Michael O'Donovan with winning connections after Laughil Blake won the boylesports.com Irish Greyhound Derby 2014

Trainer Michael O'Donovan with winning connections after Laughil Blake won the boylesports.com Irish Greyhound Derby 2014

It will probably be a few days yet before future plans for Saturday's Boylesports.com Irish Derby winner Laughil Blake are finalised.

The owners Mary and Paul Jennings have to discuss matters with trainer Michael O'Donovan but, having spoken with all sides in the aftermath of the Derby, I'm inclined to stake a few Euro on the dog running again.

As O'Donovan pointed out: "He is still a young dog and has been lightly raced. He is very well bred but I would love to get to the bottom of the metacarpal problem. I know how to treat it now but he was sore after Saturday's race.

"I have no doubt he would run very well Wimbledon but, bearing in mind the type of dog he is, I think he would be a star on any track".

Mary Jennings was busy taking calls and visitors at her Kinnity home on Sunday but she has an open mind on the future.

"We will have a good chat with Michael and then make up our minds. He is a young dog and it would be nice to see him run again," she said.

Perhaps the Night of Stars might be his next stage - he is an automatic entry for the Boylesports.com 550.

Laurels entries

Brian Collins was delighted yesterday with the flow of entries coming in for the Red Mills Laurels, which starts at Curraheen Park on Saturday.

The draw will be made today at 1.0 and among the market leaders will be Sidarian Blaze, Crokers Champ, Indigo Jack, Midtown Rafa, Burgess Four and Slippery Fred.

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Tralee dates

There will be no racing at Tralee on Saturday night due to the large scale evacuation of Kerry due to the All-Ireland final on Sunday.

Friday's card will include the final of the Frightful Flash Kennels A2 525 plus the final of the A3 Tri Distance over 550 yards and the heats of the Castleisland Tyres A4 525.

Newinn heroine

Waterford staged their TSC Munster Oaks final on Friday night for a change and the near €5,000 cheque was won by Newinn Expert, which is trained by Graham Holland for Cian O'Donnell. One of the youngest finalists, she led all the way to beat Crafty Sara by half a length in 28.44.

Best bets

There are two finals at Harold's Cross, and Catherine Dolan's Vito Buzz (9.15) can complete a hat-trick by leading home Star Shine Pipa in the Mickey McMahon Memorial, while Joe Hyde's Riona (9.30) is also chasing a third win in the O'Rourke Kennels final and she can win from Glenbrien Comet.


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