DOG CHAT: Following his sensational national record run at Drumbo Park last Saturday, Leeview Jet is set for a quick reappearance in the Red Mills Waterford Masters at Kilcohan Park on Saturday night.
Leeview Jet confirmed his status among Ireland's best trackers with that stunning 27.88 run and now he is set to take on the big guns in the Masters over 550 yards. He hasn't had a run around the circuit but trainer Graham Holland is not unduly perturbed as he points out that the dog has won first time at Drumbo and Harold's Cross.
Incidentally, Holland is considering a tilt at next year's English Derby with Leeview Jet, which would appear to be the ideal type of dog for Wimbledon.
Tullymurry Act showed his well-being with a sparkling 28.17 Masters trial around the Kilcohan circuit last Saturday. Neither Laurels hero Tyrur Enda nor Irish and English Derby third Krug Ninety Five will have to run on Saturday as they are exempted into the semi-finals the following week.
There was another brilliant run on Sunday from the Owen McKenna-trained Farloe Force when clocking 28.33 in the second round of the Supporters Club Munster Puppy Cup at Clonmel. He will bring the crowds to the south Tipperary venue for the semi-finals next Sunday and clearly he is a young dog with a massive future.
Putting the performance into perspective, the next fastest time was the 28.68 from David Jordan's Archaton Linda, while the other heat winners were Ders Always One in 28.90 and Hazel Eyes in 28.89.
It's going to be quite a weekend on the track front with three major finals to be decided. The Vetsearch Recharge Irish Grand National final will be run at Harold's Cross on Friday, with Fraser Black's Slick Saxon the likely favourite on the strength of his 29.23 semi-final display.
But this is a wide-open contest, with any of the six capable of winning. The well-drawn Junior Mac and Bockos Bullet will be major stumbling blocks to the favourite. Entries for supporting races on Friday's card close today at noon and entries are invited for opens over 325 and 750 yards as well as A1 races over 525 and 570 yards.
The same night the final of the Red Mills Southern Sprint will be run at Youghal and Jim Morrissey's Carlows Pride has to be a strong fancy. He is a brilliantly consistent two-bend performer and was most impressive when clocking 17.39 in the semi-final. On that running he should have the measure of Burn Em Up and Cool Mac.
It will be the other end of the distance scale on Saturday when the final of the Mannion Builders Supplies Open 750 tops an interesting card at Shelbourne. Cooladerry Fizz has a brilliant record over six bends and she must be the choice to land the prize for Dorothy Pollard. But Sean Devlin's Seven Hills Lady actually went faster in the semi-finals, while John Byrne's Crash Bandit is little more than a novice at the trip and is getting stronger with each run.