Bolt and Dancer to set pace in absence of Hope
Following a very impressive victory in the opening round of the Red Mills Open Unraced Stake at Clonmel last weekend, Ballycannon Hope has been sold and will not be taking his place in Sunday's second round.
Ballycannon Hope is a half-brother to the brilliant Sparta Maestro and looked exciting in victory last weekend. He flew from the boxes and won in 28.84.
It is understood that he has been bought by Durham-based Ted Soppitt.
Despite his defection, the fifth heat still promises to be a cracker, with Tom O'Neill's fastest first-round winner Glenanore Dancer set to face another impressive winner Phoenix Bolt and the talented Screen Critic.
As the Fraser Black- trained runners are all owned by the Diamonds-Are-Forever Syndicate, they will be guarded right through the competition and Droopys Margo can set the ball rolling for them in the second heat, while one would also have to fancy her kennel companion Ashford Castle in the third heat.
Graham Holland's Ballyhill Beryl will put it up to Black's Senior Cup in heat four, while one of the clashes of the night could be the meeting of Black's Plus Five and the Owen McKenna-trained Roxholme Bully in heat six.
John McLoughlin's Slip The Genie has been on a real roll and she can pay to follow again in the first semi-final of the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 at Shelbourne tomorrow. The four box is not ideal but she can lead main rival Gizmo Classic to the bend.
In the other semi-final, the big three would appear to be Shelbourne Geoff, Tibetan Skies and Ringtown Snowy, and it's a tough call. Bet of the night could be Liam Dowling's Piu Di Pep in the concluding 575.
At Harold's Cross tonight, the Kirby Memorial Trial Stake could rest between Blueview Julia and Early Oscar, while Tony Byrne's Power Charlie can win the concluding 550.
Power Charlie (10.25) HX – today
Slip The Genie (9.30) Shel Pk
Piu Di Pep (10.30) Shel Pk
– tomorrow (nap)
Droopys Margo (8.15) Clonmel
Ringtown Snowy (9.45) Shel Pk
Deal of the week
Following Mike Rowe's sale of the brilliant stayer Future Boy, he has bought the dog's young half-brother and Jerry Griffin has again been nominated as the trainer. Is lightning about to strike twice for Rowe?