Dog chat: Stars to be realigned as Shelbourne hosts night of high class
It has been confirmed that the voided race on last Saturday's Night of Stars meeting at Shelbourne will be run off on Saturday coming.
The race in question is the Connolly's Red Mills 525 and four of the original six runners were confirmed as starters: Droopys Jet, Knockglass Billy, Razldazl Rioga and Lolos Joe. Refuge Of Sinner and Farloe Warhawk won't be running, but the two reserves Ashville Impact and Danmar Benny will take their places.
This contest, worth €10,000, will be the highlight of another superb programme at Shelbourne which will also include the two semi-finals of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake and the first-round heats of the Shelbourne Oaks.
In Saturday's void race, Knockglass Billy was leading from Droopys Jet when the hare suddenly ground to a halt just past halfway.
Entries for the Oaks close today and indications are that it will be a very high-class event. We certainly know what the Comerford semis will be like, with two red-hot contests scheduled.
Following his surprise defeat at the weekend, Paradise Madison will be strongly fancied to get back on the winning trail in the first heat, where Droopys Adler, Rockchase Reem and early-paced Odyssey look the main dangers.
Leamaneigh Story has surged up the ratings in the last two weeks and will be fancied to win the second heat, where Fear Big Star, Scolari Express and Farloe Buddy will be formidable rivals.
Friday's card at Harold's Cross will include the second-round heats of the Tote Gold Collar and the first round of the Ted Hegarty Marathon. It is a high-class card and it will be most interesting to see how Future Boy fares over the 1,010 yards following his Droopys Stud Night of Stars 550 victory.
In the Gold Collar the big clash will be in Heat 4 between the fastest first-round winners Ruthless Man and Ringtown Snowy.
Down the country this weekend, the Greyhound & Petworld Kingdom Derby will commence at Tralee on Friday night, with 2011 Irish Derby finalist Razldazl Bugatti a leading entry.