Friday 19 January 2018

Sue appeals as a Corn Cuchulainn banker

Greyhound followers are spoiled for choice this weekend
Greyhound followers are spoiled for choice this weekend
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Greyhound followers are spoiled for choice this weekend with three days of hectic competition all over the country and it kicks off this evening with separate classic action at two venues while there is competition fare at a number of other tracks.

Pride of place, though, go to the Gain Corn Cuchulainn second round heats at Harold's Cross while up the road at Dundalk the first five heats of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup are down for decision.

Following last weekend's series of shocks, punters will be hoping for a better session at Harold's Cross with the three second-round heats - there are four qualifying from all races.

Favourite to capture the six-bend classic is the Brendan Maunsell-trained Fire Height Amy (9.25) and she faces a tricky test in the second heat which is a most competitive affair. Putting it in perspective, Amy's conqueror of last week, Karlow Master will be one of the outsiders here. Razldazl Rubin is the likely pacesetter but Fire Height Amy can pick him up and win this from Joyful Dribbler while don't rule out a better effort from Sidarian Lisa this time.

Probably the two strongest stayers in the competition, Tradition and Ballymac Bonnie (9.10) clash in the opening heat and both are likely to be coming from well off the pace. Liam Dowling's Bonnie will need a little good fortune early but she might take this one.

Banker can be Esther Kiely's Shaneboy Sue (9.40) in the final heat. This lassie has good early pace and stays strongly and she can take full advantage of a good draw by leading home Whaoo Wheoo and Rosmult Martha.

Dundalk Sprint

The first round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup is split over two nights and five heats will be staged at Dundalk this evening. Munster runners can enjoy a good session and David Kennedy's Trinity Forest (8.50) should take this if anywhere close to last Sunday's form. Knocktoo Garry and UK raider Affane Scolari read the dangers.

Graham Holland's team of four will all be in action and his Amazing Dude (9.05) and Vans Viking (10.05) look likely winners while John McGee's Slade Paddy (9.35) is another very likely sort.

The Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate at Galway is an A6 event by name only and we can expect some big runs in the second round. Robert Gleeson's Clinical (9.07) and Jimmy Buckley's Jumeirah Style (9.52) can oblige.

The first round of the FFK Southern Oaks takes place at Youghal with Phil Gough's Happy Omen (8.45) and Graham Holland's Hovex Princess (9.33) making appeal. Also tonight the Tralee Derby qualifier will be run with Owen McKenna's Farloe Rumble (9.42) to take the ticket.

Irish Independent

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