Saturday 24 March 2018

Pacino looks too hot to handle for Cuchulainn rivals

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Amid all the talk this week about the Indecon Report and the proposed sale of Harold's Cross, the six-bend Classic, the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn, has been almost forgotten.

But the racing is the bread and butter of the sport and there will be a large crowd at Dublin's second track for the semi-finals of the 750-yard event.

Punters will want to forget much of what has happened in the Corn Cuchulainn to date, with last week's broken hock for Woe Katie the real nightmare.

But I suspect that the event will revert to form this evening and Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Pacino (9.40) can shoot home in the first semi-final.

His task has been made even easier by the withdrawal of the dog due to wear the red jacket, Nom De Plume, and Pacino will have plenty of room to the opening bend. His four rivals are formidable stayers, the likes of Go Marcus Go, Rockburst Vienna, Sidarian Lisa and Slip The Genie, but Razldazl Pacino is unbeaten thus far over six bends and everything is in his favour here.

One cannot be anything like as confident about the second heat, where the bookmakers may even have a problem in unearthing a clear favourite.

Phil Gough's Sparta Katy was the star of the opening round but failed to reproduce that form last week when chasing home Razldazl Pacino.

In her defence, it must be said that Sparta Katy was up a few pounds then and Phil Gough was a little worried about that before the race. She loves the inside and is drawn in five this evening which further complicates matters.

However, her big rival Lodge Lady is giving away an amount of ground through running wide while Cant Catch Patch has running to do to get to the inside also.

Borna Champ doesn't appear to be fully getting the trip, while Miss Gold Bars is likely to be outpaced early before staying on strongly late.

Cosy Flyer comes into consideration on her first-round run, but I am prepared to give Sparta Katy (9.55) another chance and she can lead them home.


I don't normally fancy dogs just about to enter their fifth year and contesting their 130th race, but Head For Fame (8.55) is no ordinary greyhound. Tommy Bolton's veteran is running out of his skin. He has won his last three, and if he makes another of his trademark fast starts then he will bring that figure to four in his heat of the Ballymac Tipp A2.

The ECC Timber Champion Bitch 550 will commence at Galway and there should be terrific racing in this event which will conclude during the week of the Galway Racea.

My four recommended bets here would be Shes A Terror (8.37), Lughill Sandra (9.07), Lughill Isabel (9.22) and Killinan Baby (9.52).

Also tonight, the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake will get under way at Youghal, where we are sure to see some sprightly young lassies in action. There's a real bonus here as admission is free each race night up to the night of August 22.

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