Dog chat: Ballyhill's early pace key in Puppy Derby
The Classic action continues fast and furious this week with the final of the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross on Friday and then the quarter-finals of the Red Mills Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
There is a smashing line-up for the puppy final, with most of the major fancies making it through.
Leading contenders Ballyhill Sub and Isabels Boy are trained within a few miles of each other in Co Armagh and will occupy traps one and two.
Ballyhill Sub, owned by Newry's Plunkett Matthews, has reached the final unbeaten and his early pace makes him the likely leader.
His major rival to the bend is likely to be Isabels Boy, trained in Lurgan by Gary Silcock for Trisha Magennis, but he will need a flying start if he is to get ahead of Ballyhill Sub around the corner.
The Fermoy dog Castlelyons Cofi, owned by Ned and Denis Fitzgerald, is not the best drawn in six but he has early pace to contend to the bend.
Liam Kirley from Geashill has the massively built Glenardan in three and here is another dog with excellent early pace.
The two big finishers are Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Duke and Joe Carey's Barefoot Printer, which has huge gears and is getting stronger by the outing. Razldazl Luke is probably the fastest of them all but he is a long way out in five and he will find it difficult to get a clear run.
In the Laurels, the 27.94 run from Liam Dowling's Ballymac Vic set Curraheen alight and his reward is a battle with Money Talks, Knockglass Billy and Allen Master in the second heat of the quarter-finals.
Rachel Wheeler's Camas Crash is settling to the track and his trap one draw can see him put up a strong case in heat four.
Liveanddangerous, Cashen Mafuma and Cambushmore are dangerous but Camas Crash can go a long way in this classic.
The final of the Droopys Stud Munster Oaks will also be run at Waterford on Saturday and the Ronnie McKeown-trained Katies Quadrigo has been installed the 5/4 favourite by track layer Richie Walsh.