Saturday 24 February 2018

Top stars on show in bumper Easter Cup entry

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Declan Carey was a happy man yesterday as he reported from Shelbourne Park that, for once, a major competition had achieved a full field well before the deadline date for entries

The Dandelion Bar & Nightclub Easter Cup starts on Saturday night at Shelbourne and is geared for 36 dogs. But by lunchtime yesterday the number of entries had gone beyond the 36 mark and was heading upwards. This raises the possibility of the 550 yards classic being run as a 42-dog stake.

Putting it mildly, this promises to be an exceptional competition, with most of the top dogs in the country in the line-up, apart of course from the pups which will be heading to Limerick for the Kirby Memorial and the youngsters that are involved in the Juvenile Classic at Tralee.

The biggest names are Derby hero Laughil Blake and the brilliant Night of Stars winner Droopys Nidge, but the rest of the entry includes Laughil Bolt, Laughil Duke, Skywalker Farloe, Skywalker Aurora, Service Station, Redwood Mick, Ballyana Foxtrot, Vulturi, Green Prince, Ballymac Alamo, Hawaii Kinsale, Coran Sky, Sidarian Blaze, Gaytime Hark, Native Hut, Slippery Fred, Highview Premier, Barefoot Agent, De Real McCoy, Paradise Maverik and Deanridge Pennys.

There was a very large crowd for the time of the year at Shelbourne on Saturday, and a real bonanza is anticipated next Saturday when the English rugby fans in town will surely swell the attendance.

Big two dominate

The big two of Sidarian Vega and Farloe Rumble continue to dominate the market on the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee in advance of Friday's semi-finals.

Both dogs again impressed in the second round last week but they are set to clash in a red-hot opening semi on Friday.

Owen McKenna's Farloe Rumble goes from the three box with Sidarian Vega in five but the third and fourth favourites Ballymac Matt (1) and Coolavanny Kerry (2) are also in this cracking contest.

Hovex Prince (1) and Aguasantas (6) look the big two in the second semi.

Harold's Cross has the scene to itself this evening and it may pay to be patient, with the most tempting betting propositions lurking at the end of the programme.

For our banker we look to the Horan kennels to continue their recent good work with Curtistown Scram (9.57), which won an A2 last time but appears in an A3 tonight.

Trap six will suit and Curtistown will go very close.

Two races earlier the Ballyjamesduff greyhound Beehive Sam (9.33) can triumph for owner Vincent Maguire. He was impeded at the third bend last time but has the early pace to settle this contest in the early stages.

Irish Independent

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