Dog chat: Fast start crucial for Farloe in Puppy final
Temperatures are still pretty low around the country but the situation with the tracks appears to be improving and the majority of the week's programme is expected to proceed without problem.
The meetings at Enniscorthy, Longford and Youghal were called off last night but Harold's Cross went ahead and the Dublin track will race again tonight.
The only other scheduled meeting this evening is at Tralee and the Kerry venue has been able to race right through. Tomorrow's meetings at Shelbourne and Kilkenny have also been given the all-clear.
Two major sufferers at the weekend were the big programmes at Harold's Cross on Friday night and the Thurles card on Saturday. The revised schedule for both the Ted Hegarty Marathon and the Tote Gold Collar at Harold's Cross is that they will be run on Friday and on Friday week, with the finals of both to be run on Tuesday, December 23.
The final of the Track Bookmakers Champion Bitch Stake had to be scrapped on Saturday at Thurles and this race will now be run next Saturday. There will be no trials at Thurles today but it is hoped to race by the weekend.
The final of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake is down for decision at Shelbourne on Saturday and Farloe Force is the clear favourite following his flying 28.54 run at the weekend. But Farloe will need to be foot-perfect as there is plenty of early pace in this line-up and a slick start will be vital in the chase for the €13,000 prize.
The semi-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger will be run at Limerick on Saturday and there's going to be quite a battle for the 12 spots in the final on December 18. The second heat is intriguing, with market leaders Judicial Academy, Beaming Dilemma and Westmead Bolt all involved, along with the impressive Confident Nestor.
Slow-starting Farley Turbo will have plenty of support in the first qualifier but can he give away big ground to Whatsupjack, Ballyhannon and Hare Mack?
The Greyhound & Petworld Kingdom Derby got off to a great start at Tralee last weekend and Graham Holland's Calling Spice can continue on her impressive path in the second round on Friday.