Monday 19 August 2019

'Princess' to dominate Tralee unraced

Saleen Princess is expected to turn on the style at the Kingdom Stadium this evening (stock picture)
Saleen Princess is expected to turn on the style at the Kingdom Stadium this evening (stock picture)

Michael Fortune

The Saleen kennels in Tarbert, Co Kerry have produced many outstanding greyhounds over the years, both on the track and up field.

The evidence of last week's opening round of the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake at Tralee would suggest that they have unearthed another gem in the form of Saleen Princess.

This daughter of Droopys Jet and Saleen Kerry set the opening round of the competition alight last week when winning by a wide margin in 28.65 which was by some margin the fastest run of the competition.

Tom O'Connor and his son Pat need no lessons in how to get a dog ready and it will be a surprise if the Princess doesn't again turn on the style in the semi-final this evening at the Kingdom Stadium.

Owned by Christina O'Connor, Saleen Princess displayed a nice bit of early pace last week and she can soon dominate in the first heat where she is fancied to lead home the Pat Norris-trained Snazzy Jazzy.

The other heat looks a more open affair but the famed Liam Dowling kennel can be on the mark with Ballymac Jackie which made all when beating Snazzy Jackie in the opening round. She may be followed home by Crossfield Robin.

Ger Barber and Derek Hatch are regular visitors to the winner's circle and in Shugabear Barber they have a very strong runner which could well go on to win the Coolavanny Kennels A2/3 Stake at Shelbourne. This strapping son of Ashford Castle really appreciated the ease in grade last week. He can follow up in the first semi-final tonight.

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