Dog chat: Tyrur Enda favourite for Masters despite semi slip-up
Track layer Richie Walsh was first into the ring with betting on Saturday's Red Mills Masters final at Waterford and he makes Tyrur Enda the evens favourite to land the €12,500 prize despite his shock semi-final defeat.
That weekend reverse can be put down to a mistimed start but it is a rarity with the Laurels winner and PJ Fahy's dog is expected to flash out of trap two in the final. He will need to as he has two early-paced speedsters on either side of him, Beaming Dilemma and Leeview Jet. The other big early pacer is Jonny Whitesox out in six.
If Tyrur Enda grabs the early lead then he should be unstoppable over the 550-yard circuit. Indeed, the main threats are likely to emerge from the big finishing pair of Krug Ninety Five and Thurlesbeg Joker.
Walsh's betting on the final is: 1-1 Tyrur Enda; 4 Thurlesbeg Joker; 5 Leeview Jet; 6 Beaming Dilemma; 7 Jonny Whitesox; 12 Krug Ninety Five.
The Masters final is the highlight of the racing year at Kilcohan Park and a top-class supporting card is planned.
There were two upsets in the big Sunday evening finals run in atrocious weather.
Fatboyz Dizzy will earn a €60,000 bonus prize if she wins next year's Irish Oaks at Shelbourne after winning the final of the Moran & O'Donnell Oaks at Newbridge. Trained by Rachel Wheeler, Fatboyz Dizzy led all the way and held on in a tight finish from favourite Air Force Ellie and Shelbourne Dawn in 28.86.
Meanwhile, at Clonmel the 5/1 chance Rockchase Zico provided a fairytale result for owner Richard Forrest and trainer Ronnie Wuyts when winning the Supporters Club Munster Puppy Cup.
He was knocked out in the semi-final but got back in due to the withdrawal of Cool Dude and promptly made the most of the opportunity. He headed Little Bargain on the run-in and then just held the late run of Colourful Fox in 28.87.
The first round of the Track Bookmakers Champion Bitch Stake will be run at Thurles on Saturday, while next week will see the start of both the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick and the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne.