Saturday 24 February 2018

Bray has Paradise on the comeback trail

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Tomorrow's Shelbourne Park meeting gained even more significance when it was announced that national record-holder Paradise Madison will be given a trial before racing.

Ollie Bray's charge has been out of action since March, when he sustained a hairline fracture of the hock in the first round of the Easter Cup.

There were fears that the brilliant tracker's career may be in doubt, but Bray has nursed him back to fitness.

"He is ready for a trial. I have got a fair bit of work into him, between swimming, walking and galloping," said Bray.

"He appears to be coming along the right way and hopefully he will be able to take his place in the Champion Stakes."

The Dave Buckley-owned Paradise Madison became the first dog to break 28 seconds around Shelbourne when clocking 27.92 last November and then smashed that record when flying around in 27.67 in December.

The stayers will continue their pursuit of Classic glory in the second round of the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross this evening. The big three of Volcano, White Soks Roks and Priceless Pilot are all expected to safely negotiate the stage with ease.

Pat Dalton's Volcano (9.32) has only four rivals in Heat 3 in the absence of Rockburst La Von, and her inside draw can see her score at the expense of fastest first-round winner Shanless Becky.

Declan Byrne's White Soks Roks (9.04) looks to have a very easy task in Heat 2, where Club Striker will be a non-runner.

The Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Pilot (9.46) faces a tough test in Heat 4 but can come through from Ring A Chris, while Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Marilyn (8.50) may be too strong for her opening-heat rivals.

The other big race this evening is the final of the €5,000 Broadway Pet Foods Longford Derby, where Roscommon runner Clydal Jack (9.45) can claim the prize for Marcella Clyne.

He's a consistently fast starter and can win the vital dash to the opening bend.

Dundalk trials

English challenger Sawpit Sensation clocked 29.98 and Irish runner Farloe Trent 30.11 in trials yesterday morning around Dundalk in preparation for the Boylesports International at the Louth venue.

Three other runners – Priceless Sky, Roxholme Bully and Quail Hollow – will have a run around the track this evening; it is not planned to trial the other English challenger Screen Critic.

Friday Yankee

Razldazl Marilyn 8.50 Harold's Cross

Priceless Pilot 9.46 Harold's Cross

Clydal Jack 9.45 Longford

Volcano 9.32 Harold's Cross

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