Roddick looks all set for Dunne Memorial
The early signs are very promising as far as the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy 525 is concerned with the likelihood of a very strong entry when the event closes at Shelbourne next Wednesday morning.
The Joe Memorial is the traditional first event of the year and invariably produces racing of the very highest order with most of the young contenders going on to become live classic contenders in the months ahead.
As mentioned here already, Pat Buckley intends to run his English Derby favourite Droopys Roddick in the competition and he displayed his well-being last Saturday when clocking a very fast 18.58 in a 350 trial at Limerick. He has been booked in for a trial on Saturday at Shelbourne and will then be in the draw for the Dunne Memorial.
Other trainers who have booked trials for Saturday include Paul Hennessy and John Joe Fennelly but one suspects that there will be other high-profile visitors.
Mention of Droopys Roddick reminds us that this fine tracker has been shortlisted for the British Greyhound Awards in the Puppy category as a result of his victory in the RFS Puppy Derby at Wimbledon. Also listed among the nominations for the marathon category is Liam Dowling's Ballymac Bonnie which won the TV Trophy at Towcester. The winners will be announced at the gala in London on Sunday, January 24.
Midweek racing resumes at Shelbourne Park this evening with a ten-race card. Mary Kennedy's Runaway Boss (8.13) is a very interesting runner in the second race, an A3/4 affair. He has displayed big early pace in his only two races which he won very comfortably at Kilkenny and he should be capable of winning this from his outside draw.
The step up to 550 should suit the Paul Hennessy trained Hazel Hall Lady (10.13) which was finishing strongly behind Lifes Queenie here last time and is eased in grade now.
There will be no racing at Limerick on Friday of next week, January 15. By the way, the first major event of the year at Limerick will commence on Saturday, the 16th.
It is the Vetsearch Recharge A3 525 which is sponsored by John and Kay Dowling and will carry a winner's prize of €2,500. What price the event producing a few likely sorts for the Kirby Memorial which follows?
Another traditional provincial event coming up is the Guinness Trophy A1 525 which is scheduled to commence at Curraheen Park on Saturday, January 23. It will have a winner's prize of €3,000.