Sunday 17 December 2017

Quietly does it for Newbridge Puppy Derby

Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

While the Irish Derby is very much the headline-maker on the greyhound scene at the moment, the younger dogs are also very much in the news and two of our premier puppy events will progress at separate venues this evening.

The Texacloth Puppy Derby has been one of the feature events at Newbridge for many years and it has become well-established as a big guide to the forthcoming Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross.

This year's Texacloth event kicks off this evening a week later than planned but the revised three-run format will see it conclude a week prior to the traditional start of the Puppy Derby on the eve of the Irish Derby final.

It is an exciting line-up and should attract good attendances to the Co Kildare venue with a number of our highest profile youngsters in the draw. Quietly (8.30) is one of the ante-post favourites at 6/1 on the €9,000 feature.

He shot to the headlines when setting a new track record of 28.08 around Tralee and subsequently was transferred from Owen McKenna's kennel to Ian Reilly after being sold.

The son of Tullymurry Act makes his debut for Reilly this evening and a trap one should stand him in good stead in a race which also includes such precocious youngsters as El Pedro, Mileheight Mork, Christines Boots and Greenisle Legend.

Even though he lost Quietly as a result of the sale, McKenna has a leading contender in the form of Farloe Blitz (8.45) which has shown such talent on the Dublin circuit with his brilliant early pace. He can make his own big impact in Heat 3 where Whisht A Mhic could be his main rival.

Others of interest in the heats include Gerry Holian's Curious Boy (8.15), Craig Kelly's Oakvale Rumble (9.0), Declan Byrne's Master Gorryisle (9.15) and Paul Hennessy's Barefoot Apollo (9.30).

5 for Expert

Harold's Cross hosts the final of the Head For Fame @Stud Puppy Oaks and here the Graham Holland-trained Newinn Expert (9.25) looks sure to go off favourite after reaching the final unbeaten. Indeed, she is chasing a fifth win on the trot and looks to be well drawn in trap two.

She normally leads to the bend but last week Karol Ramsbottom's Garryglass Lulu flew out and beat her to the corner. However, Newinn raced past off the second bend and won by three lengths in a blistering 28.57. That time leaves her with something in hand on her rivals.

Barista Girl has a lovely draw in one and she has the ability to go with it while Colorado Josie, Monleek Empire and big finishing Fire Height Amy must also be respected. But Newinn can be the expert here.

Back in June the John McGee-trained Cantkeepmein (9.55) finished fourth in the Irish Oaks final at Shelbourne and she must have a big chance in this 550-yard contest.

Irish Independent

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