Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dog chat: Definate Opinion and Kingo to battle it out

The Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch may not enjoy top billing among the elite events of the Irish track but it is steeped in history and this year's final at Mullingar on Saturday promises to be a really epic encounter.

Two glittering stars have dominated the 600-yard event to date and both Definate Opinion and Kingo will have strong support as they battle it out for supremacy.

As reigning champion, Definate Opinion is likely to go off the marginal favourite to take the prize again and it is difficult to find a hole in the form of Pat Guilfoyle's charge. He has been in mighty form, though he would be better suited by an inside draw.

The same is the case with the Dolores Ruth-trained Kingo, which is similarly unbeaten and clocked five spots faster than Definate in the semi-finals. They were desperately close on the clock throughout -- with Definate just a spot faster for the first split.

While Music For Fun, Castlehill Billy, Bog Road Joe and Master Blaster are all classy performers, it is mighty difficult to look beyond the big two.

Elsewhere, there has been a massive transformation in the betting on the College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup following the shocks of the opening round.

Both Boyles and Paddy Power have Razldazl George and Broadstrand Lad as the favourites in their list, though last year's winner Thurlesbeg Joker is still a force to be reckoned with on first-round running.

The Joker will be involved in probably the hottest race of the second round, where he will meet Slippery Bob, Makeshift, Air Force Ellie, Local Dee Jay and Droopys Joe in the third qualifier.

Meanwhile, Eddie Anderson yesterday reported that he will have at least 72 and perhaps even 96 entries for the Red Mills Produce Stakes, which starts on Thursday night at Clonmel.

"There are far more dogs for the stake this year, with a good mixture of top open racers and young pups on the way up. It looks like being a great competition," said Anderson.

The draw will be made at 11.30 this morning. Entries also close this morning for the McCarthy Insurance Group Oaks -- which will kick off at Curraheen Park on Saturday with a winner's prize of €7,000.

Irish Independent

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