Dog Racing: Injured Droopys Jet out for two months
While Ballymac Vic may be ready to make his seasonal reappearance, one of his big rivals last year, Droopys Jet, unfortunately, faces quite a spell on the sidelines.
The dog's trainer Fraser Black had mapped out a programme starting with potential challenges for the Easter Cup and the abbreviated Scottish Derby and then a crack at the English Derby for the son of Slip The Lark and Droopys Mo.
But his first preparatory trial at Shelbourne last week saw him pick up what could well be a career-threatening injury.
Black said: "He did his TFL muscle and veterinary advice is that he will be off for six to eight weeks. We'll just have to wait and see how he progresses, but we have fingers crossed that he recovers fully and is able to go for the Champion Stakes and the Irish Derby."
Last season Droopys Jet won the Joe Dunne Memorial, the Townviewfood.com Champion Stakes and the Night of Stars 550.
Let's hope he returns in the same form as made him such a popular performer last year.
Another star performer from last season currently off the racing lists is the Oaks heroine Milldean Tally. However, joint owner Mark Heggie had big news of the bitch when she was named the Bitch of the Year at last Sunday's greyhound awards.
"She is heavy in pup to Kinloch Brae and should be having her litter next week. But we plan to bring her back racing and, hopefully, she will be able to contest the major events again."
Another of last season's top bitches, Borna Gem, has carried her high class form over to this year and will be bidding to win the Bookmakers' Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles on Saturday night.
Ruairi Dwan's bitch has won both rounds of the Thurles competition and led home Lacken Rua by a couple of lengths in the semi-finals.
She has drawn trap five in the final, which is far from ideal. The other unbeaten finalist, Clydal Daisey, is even worse drawn in six.
Marcella Clyne's bitch has time to find on the clock and it could be that Grace Lennon's Lacken Rua might again prove to be the main danger to Borna.
There is a quality entry for the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch, which will commence at Mullingar on Saturday.
Among the top names are dual Betfair Gold Cup winner Kingo, Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 winner Slip The Genie and the two placed runners, Ringtown Snowy and Gizmo Classic, as well as the very talented Priceless Pilot, Oneco Cool and last year's finalist Dynamic Trend.