Tuesday 12 December 2017

Boyle out to blaze trail with red-hot Hero

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake will again be run at Limerick.

The much anticipated event, which will cater for all 2012 whelps, is due to be run between March 28 and April 26.

Meanwhile, leading greyhound sponsor John Boyle will be chasing a major prize next week when his recently purchased Boylesports Hero challenges for the late-season Shelbourne feature, the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake.

This son of Top Savings and Cabra Midget was a hugely impressive winner of the Zero Ten Puppy Open on Saturday night last when clocking a scorching 28.27, and the February puppy is improving with each run.

He has serious early gears and, now that he is getting his breaking together, he could develop into a real champion.

The dog is trained by legendary Newry handler Brendan Matthews, and his son Damien has confirmed that the Comerford Cakes will be next on the agenda.

It starts on Saturday week and all the recent indications are that it will have a terrific line-up of talented youngsters. Entries are due to close on Tuesday next at 11.30am.

Best bets

Swords trainer Lar Kinsella enjoyed his greatest moments with Accordello and he currently has a few very decent members of that dog's progeny.

One of these is Band Major (8.45), which has shaped with promise in his first four races and could be worth supporting in an A2 contest at Shelbourne this evening.

Dundrum King is the obvious danger, but Band Major has a good run in him and could reward some faith.

Graham Holland has an excellent strike rate at headquarters and his Totos Tank (9.15) is good enough to be on the mark in the final of the Zero Ten A3.

He was most impressive in the semi-final with a 28.69 run and the inside draw can give him the edge over Chancery Shaw.

Irish Independent

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