Thursday 18 January 2018

Airforce Prince the banker in new Intertrack Jackpot

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The lure of a €50,000 Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot should attract some heavy investment in the new pool which will be operated on three races apiece at Limerick and Shelbourne Park tonight.

The first three legs will operate on races seven, eight and nine at Limerick, and the banker selection could be the Owen McKenna-trained youngster Airforce Prince, which showed plenty of promise at Shelbourne.

The other suggestions would be What About Jim in the first leg and either Coopers Choice or Mohane Supreme in the second.

The Shelbourne legs are difficult, with Liam O'Rourke's Extreme Heat nominated for the 10th race after an eye-catching run in defeat last week.

The Liam Hughes-owned Cuil Concord did us a turn last week over 575 yards and I suspect this young dog is capable of even better.

He won't need to improve much to lead them home in the 11th contest.

The last of the heats may be best left to Graham Holland's Jimmy Boy, which has shown a nice bit of early pace in recent contests.

Top attraction of the night is the first round of the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne, where Slippery Robert and Oran Maestro are the stand-out selections, while Highview Report could well take the other heat.

The final of the Tyrur Big Mike 525 promises to be an exciting affair, and Aidan Denton's Kereight King is the one to beat if he can repeat last week's smart start.

Fechin Mullen's Stunning Buddy killed his rivals for early pace last week and is the one to beat in an Open 550.

There is also open action at Limerick, with the heats of the Feramo D Open 525 down for decision. Best bet there should be Neilus O'Connell's Razldazl Bugatti in the final heat.

Paul Hennessy has strong prospects of a double, with Locnamon Bridie very well drawn in the third heat.

Tomorrow, the semi-finals of the Red Mills Unraced will be run at Clonmel, with Plus Five and Glenanore Dancer nominated as the likely winners.

weekend Yankee

Slippery Robert 8.32 Shel Pk

Oran Maestro 9.0 Shel Pk

Kereight King 9.15 Shel Pk

Locnamon Bridie 8.55 Limerick

Record run

A new track record of 29.60 was set by the Graham Holland-trained Cabra Buck for the 550 yards at Clonmel on Thursday. The time beat the old mark set by Movealong Tony in July 2011 by two spots.

Starting time

The meeting at Clonmel tomorrow will start at 8.0 instead of 7.30.

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