Monday 12 November 2018

Whoops Jack to sparkle in Gold final

Whoops Jack will go to the traps at Shelbourne Park a strong favourite to land the final of the €5,000 Gold Collar Open 550. Photo: Stock Image
Whoops Jack will go to the traps at Shelbourne Park a strong favourite to land the final of the €5,000 Gold Collar Open 550. Photo: Stock Image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Dublin publican Larry O'Shea and his son Jack are set to be the toast of Shelbourne Park this evening when their dog Whoops Jack will go to traps a strong favourite to land the final of the €5,000 Gold Collar Open 550.

A talented tracker, trained by Peter Cronin, he hasn't always enjoyed the best of luck, finishing second to Jaytee Yankee in July's the BoyleSports Champion Stakes.

However, Whoops Jack (9.55) has come into form in recent weeks and is chasing a fourth win on the trot this evening.

He is undoubtedly the fastest dog in the race and if he can make one of his better starts he is likely to outclass these rivals.

His closest pursuers can be kennel companion Swithins Brae and Budgie Marbh.

The Shelbourne card also includes the semi-finals of the Best Car Parks Marathon and punters will be inclined to tread warily following Jaytee Patriot's (8.10) shock defeat last week.

It clearly wasn't Patriot's real form and he can turn the tables on Danozos Dream in the first heat while Pat Buckley's Droopys Smasher (8.25) looks nailed on for the second semi.

Down at Tralee the semi-finals of the T Nolan Kingdom Derby will be run and the likely heat winners are Owen McKenna's Holycross Lad (9.27) and Pat Buckley's Coolavanny Mason (9.42).

Eugene McCabe's Battstreet Eva (9.15) is the choice for the Speedrite Open Unraced final at Enniscorthy while Mary Gray's Artistic Guy (9.00) looks the one to be on in the Track Supporters Club final at Kilkenny.

Irish Independent

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