Winner of the BIF Night of Stars 525 and the English Puppy Derby at the end of last year, Lenson Sanchez makes an early start to his 2015 campaign when contesting the first round of the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Pat Buckley has the Racing Post Juvenile and the English Derby among the targets for Sanchez this year and if he can maintain the progress made at the end of 2014, he is going to be some performer. He is drawn in the second heat on Saturday where he has litter brother Beaming Value, Milldean Cougar and Drive On Vick among his rivals.
Owen McKenna's hugely impressive winner last Saturday, Bearatipp has been drawn in the final heat where his main rival will be Buckley's Ballymac Gordie which is another very promising sort. If Beara can show the early pace he did last week, then he looks a winner.
Larry Dunne has been out of the greyhound headlines since Slippery Robert won the 2013 Irish Derby final but he looks to have a few fine prospects just now and Slippery Fran and Slippery Snowy are nominated to complete a double for the Dundalk owner at Shelbourne Park tonight.
This pair of July '13 siblings are members of the classically bred Brett Lee ex-Kildallon Maid litter and they performed very creditably on their respective debuts a week today. Both looked future winners in the marking and their chance could have arrived in the third and fourth races.
Slippery Fran (8.28) will be first into action in an A5 contest where Barefoot Victor from the in-form Paul Hennessy kennel is an obvious danger.
Barefoot Snowy (8.43) made the bigger impression last week and was finishing very strong. It will be a major surprise if this fellow continues in A4 grade for much longer. Cabra Merlin and Forest Lewis are his chief rivals.
The aforementioned Paul Hennessy is unlikely to return home empty-handed after his four-timer last Saturday and Oxford Girl (9.13) could be one for him in the semi-final of the A3 525. The other semi of this stake looks a really competitive affair and I expect Cromac Enako (9.43) to step up from her very promising Dublin debut of a week ago.
She is owned by Jim O'Kane and his young son Niall and the bitch is a half sister to their recent Christmas Oaks winner Cromac Belle. The way she ran last week suggests she has inherited much of that lassie's early pace.
Another bred to be high class is the Graham Holland trained Silverhill Lucy (10.13) and, while she may never live up to the deeds of her illustrious litter brother Sidarian Blaze, she is well capable of winning a race like the A2 550 this evening. Endova Daz can be the forecast here.