IT promises to be a marvellous week on the greyhound front, with genuine prospects of an Irish success in the Scottish Derby at Shawfield on Friday night and a most intriguing Easter Cup final at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Barefoot Allstar is our representative in the Scottish final, having finished second in his semi-final on ground that met with widespread criticism.
Speaking from his Scottish base yesterday, trainer Paul Hennessy said: "Barefoot Allstar is getting fitter with each run. Hopefully the track will be running normal for the final and, if it is, our fellow will take catching as he is getting stronger all the time."
The obvious danger is Mill Pegasus, which beat him in the semi-finals and is trained by Kelly Macari. Mill Pegasus plied his trade in Ireland -- when he was known as Cheddar Bob -- and in his second last race here on Laurels final night he finished second behind Rattlin Goldstar, which is now known as Barefoot Allstar.
The race of the week, though, will surely be the Easter Cup final, which promises to be a real epic. It ticks all the boxes, with the remarkable veterans Tyrur Big Mike and Pablo Supreme bidding to show that age is no barrier to top-class success.
They will be opposed by such as Irish Derby champion Razldazl George and his Hegarty 600 winning litter brother Kingo as well as a second Tyrur runner, Willyjoe, and a third member of the Razldazl clan, Will. Don't miss it.
It will also be final time down at Curraheen on Saturday night for the McCarthy Insurance Group Oaks, and here Hennessy will be double-handed with likely favourite Priceless Spark and Tailteann Queen, but Tivoli Maeve and Smoke Pixie must be major dangers.
The full second round of the Red Mills Produce Stakes will be run at Clonmel on Sunday, with some intriguing races in prospect.