Stars of the future strut their stuff in Tralee
There is nothing so interesting in sport than in seeing young talent emerge and then maturing in the face of battle.
Forty-eight highly bred young greyhounds will embark on the racing side of their careers tonight when the GMHD Juvenile Classic kicks off at Tralee.
In its relatively short history the Juvenile Classic has earned a huge reputation for unearthing young champions, and a glance through the draw this evening for the eight heats suggests that this year’s event is at least up there on a par with any of its predecessors.
All the leading kennels are represented and multiple runners in each heat have shown huge ability in their early trials.
I would suggest from trial form and breeding that Heat 4 could be the hottest of them all – you could make a strong case for any of the six runners.
While he doesn’t boast the fastest qualifying times, Graham Holland’s Hovex Prince (8.58) looks very interesting as he is a member of that brilliant Brett Lee/ Kildallon Maid litter.
A number of this litter have shown class and, of course Ballydoyle Honey won the Red Mills Unraced at Clonmel last weekend.
Pat Buckley appears to have a red hot teem on duty with Teejays Bono (7.58) and Paradise Galaxy (8.13) among the most likely contenders.
Spanish owner Javier Jarne, who has enjoyed a few tremendous years with his Irish trackers, has a useful type also in Liam Dowling’s care, Aguasantas and she comes up against Teejays Bono. The daughter of former Dowling ace Ballymac Ace must be strongly respected.
Owen McKenna invariably has a strong team for this event and this time could be no different. There is good word about Go Django (8.28) but he has a formidable Dowling trained runner Ballymac Matt in opposition in this contest.
Jerry Melia’s Wartimer (10.10) stands out as one of the bets of the card at Harold’s Cross this evening.
Despite his style of racing, the big finisher has some wonderful form over the standard 525-yard trip and he can claim an 11th career success in the tenth race.
Curtistown Lace could perform the pace-setting duties from trap six, but should Wartimer avoid serious traffic problems he can come storming through in the latter stages.
Half an hour earlier Noel Walker’s Faypoint View (9.40) could prove difficult to beat if reproducing his best form in the eighth race.
He has yet to produce his best around Harolds Cross, but if he were to come away on terms this evening he should have far too much ammunition for any of his rivals.