Produce stake attracts bumper entry
The BIF National Produce Stake closes to entries this morning at 10.0 with the draw to be made immediately afterwards, and the latest indications are that 60 names will go into the draw for Sunday's opening round.
Clonmel manager Eddie Anderson yesterday reported that he had 44 names in the book but that he had to yet to receive the confirmed list of runners from trainers Graham Holland and Pat Buckley, and it would be a surprise if these two handlers don't have up to a dozen entries between them.
In olden days the Produce Stakes was a regular nursery for English Derby challengers but the events clash this year and as a result the recent Kirby Memorial winner Droopys Roddick will be going to Wimbledon rather than Clonmel.
But a few dogs that were mentioned as possible Wimbledon challengers will be heading to Clonmel. Owen McKenna's Escapism, winner of the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee, has been entered and he will surely be a major player judging by his 29.68 trial for the 550 yards at Shelbourne recently.
Coolavanny Wendy was expected to be a runner in the English classic but trainer Fraser Black entered him at Clonmel yesterday. This fella won the Red Mills Unraced Stake earlier in the year.