Tuesday 10 December 2019

Superstar can see off Viking to reach final

Vans Viking looks like he may need a break after looking jaded while losing his unbeaten career record last week.
Vans Viking looks like he may need a break after looking jaded while losing his unbeaten career record last week.

Michael Fortune

Just two dogs remain unbeaten in the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake and both Green Prince and Emers Superstar will make bold attempts to maintain those proud records at what should be a very busy Limerick Stadium tonight.

The Kirby event, with a winner's prize of €80,000, is the most valuable puppy event in this part of the world and the winner will earn the prize the hard way.

A tired looking Vans Viking lost his unbeaten career record last week and the Graham Holland-trained starlet probably needs a break.

But he will still take beating in the second semi-final, where I am siding with Gerry Holian's Emers Superstar (10.16) to come out on top.

Boylesports Hero, owned by bookmaker John Boyle, is a massive threat to both and all three may claim a final spot.

The first heat looks the easier of the two. But in terms of early pace it is a cracker and the battle for first bend supremacy should decide it.

Liam Dowling's Green Prince (10.01) has been a real find in the competition and he might just take the bend from Ivy Hill Prince, Crokers Champ and Jackal Frampton.

Keep an eye out for the big finishing Bubbly Gold from halfway, but we'll stick by Green Prince.

Muriel's bonus?

A week after winning the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake at Newbridge, John Linehan's Droopys Muriel (9.40) will launch her challenge for the Healthcare & Transport Service Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne.

She will earn a €10,000 bonus is she completes the double, but will need to be at her sharpest to win from Shaneboy Sue and Barista Girl.

The favourite for the event is Paul Hennessy's Jaytee China (9.55) and this one's UK record suggests she can get the better of Linehan's Droopys Sylvia.

Hennessy can also score with Jaytee Freddy (8.10) and Jaytee India (8.25).

At Tralee, the final of the Dowling Memorial will be backed up by the remaining heats of the Lee Strand 660. Donal O'Mahony's Millridge Leader (9.49) is nominated to win the Dowling final, while Sean Meade's Paradise Malaga (8.49) can be a winner on his racing debut in Heat 8 of the Lee Strand.

Irish raiders

There will be no fewer than six Irish runners in the Derby Trial Stakes at Wimbledon. Owen McKenna's Farloe Calvin (9.45) looks to have a really big chance while McKenna's Fiery Splendour (10.15) could well get the better of Paul Hennessy's Barefoot Scholar.

The two trainers will be represented by Vanrooney and Woolie No Shoes in the last of the Trial Stakes, but may have to give best to ex-Irish star Sidarian Blaze (10.30).

Saturday Yankee

Jaytee Freddy 8.10 Shelbourne

Farloe Calvin 9.45 Wimbledon

Millridge Leader 9.49 Tralee

Emers Superstar 10.16 Limerick

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