Strong focus on the Oaks hopefuls
The emphasis is very much on the females at the moment on the track scene with the Sporting Press Irish Oaks only around the corner.
It is likely that a few leading candidates will emanate from the Red Mills Bitch Unraced at Newbridge and the semi-finals this evening should produce some fireworks.
Liam Dowling won three of the four first-round heats and his Ballymac Twinkle (9.0) can see off Ballymac Quality in the first heat. The clash between Ballymac Maxi (9.30) and Mays Magician can be a highlight in the second qualifier while Sheilas Machine will also have her supporters.
The traditional FFK McCalmont Cup commences at Kilkenny this evening. Henry Kelly's reigning champion Karlow Crean (9.0) bids for a repeat and he will take all the beating in Heat 4 where the Murt Leahy-trained Ballybough Dad will be a major threat.