'Ruby' out as 'Gin' is fancied for gold
Jaytee Ruby is as yet the only notified withdrawal from tomorrow's second-round heats of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne.
Paul Hennessy reports that Jaytee Ruby was sore after last week's outing and he doesn't want to risk her picking up a more serious injury. The Oaks will be her first major target.
The new favourite for the €20,000 Gold Cup following his impressive first-round victory is the Pat Buckley-trained Borna Gin.
He has earned a 5-1 quote from BoyleSports and their other top prices are Skywalker Rafa and Jaytee Yankee (6), Burnt Beans (7) and 12 bar.
Tomorrow's card at Shelbourne Park is classy but the biggest name on show will be dual Derby third Sonic which will have his first public outing of the season in a pre-racing trial session.
He is being prepared for a crack at the Ladbrokes Gold Cup.
Top race on tonight's card at Shelbourne will be the BoyleSports Getting Out 525 and here the Ian Reilly-trained Conors Blake (10.10) makes most appeal.
He missed the kick when bidding for a hat-trick of victories last Saturday but his early gears should see him outpace Borna Spacer to the bend.
Another worth a little support is the Tom Egan-owned AbbeyvilleTrump (8.25) in a sprint contest.
He has chased home Clonmullen King in his last two contests and that level of form should be good enough to win this S3/4 contest.
The top meeting in the provinces this evening will be at Tralee where the stars of 2017 will be honoured.
The annual awards are sponsored by Kingdom Greyhound Supplies and the Dog of the Year is Anthony Slattery's Sign On Gaffney which won 13 races during the year.
Top bitch is Nick Cotter's Headleys Belle with 10 victories.
Donal O'Mahony will receive the award for top owner and he can have another success on the night with Millridge Act (9.42) the likely winner of the sprint.