Dog Chat: Ballymac Vic can justify all the hype in Champion Stakes final
Rarely, if ever, have we witnessed such a barrage of super-fast times as were posted in the semi-finals of the Champion Stakes at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night and they have put the greyhound world on standby for a quite fantastic final.
Quite obviously the performance of Ballymac Vic had everybody talking and this dog, which has just graduated from the puppy stage, is now fully justifying all the early hype which surrounded his opening races.
To date, he has had just 10 races and has won five of them and his style of running suggests that a trap three draw in the final will be just about ideal.
He moved sharply to the middle from traps in the semi-finals, but he will have to make a fast start next Saturday as Droopys Jet and Razldazl Bugatti are among the best early paced dogs in training.
Any hold up of any nature will play to the strengths of the other three runners, Sparta Maestro, Tibetan Skies and Razldazl Barack.
However, such has been the domination exerted by Vic in his races, Liam Dowling's young star looks the obvious winner of this tremendous contest.
Saturday's card will also include the final of the Champion Plate and here we have a number of other young stars.
Indeed, the age profile of five of the finalists proves once again that the class of 2010 is one of the best we have produced in many years.
Razldazl Apollo was fastest in the Plate with a time of 28.69 and he is just a July '10 whelp with only five races behind him. He has a lovely draw in two but the big question mark concerns Tyrur Sugar Ray, a dog that looked an early paced sort in his early races but is now walking from traps. If he can rediscover his trapping ability then he will provide a major threat to all his future rivals.
Following last week's Boylesports International, Dundalk track will host the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup this weekend.
The first-round heats will be run on Friday and Saturday and some smart runs are anticipated on both nights.
The Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup second round will be run at Thurles on Saturday and then on Sunday the annual BEAM meeting will be staged at Kilkenny and it will be well up to the high standard of previous years.