The McCalmont Cup is one of the longest-running events on the calendar and this year's Kilford Arms Hotel-sponsored event reaches its conclusion on Friday on a Kilkenny card that will feature four finals.
The likely favourite is Killinan Cash, which Pat Buckley trains for Thurles owner Joe McIlhone. He began his career by winning the Future Champions Unraced at Enniscorthy and is now poised to lift another valuable prize.
'Cash' won his semi-final in 29.11 and his early pace can carry him through in a race where Maria Byrne's semi-final winner Dons Dart is well housed in one, while Garryglass Marco and Boherna Rumble will also be strongly fancied.
The fixing of the National Hurling League final between Kilkenny and Tipperary for Nowlan Park on Sunday, May 5 (3.0) has resulted in a change of schedule for the forthcoming Red Mills Unraced Stake.
It was originally set to start at Kilkenny as a matinee fixture on that date but it will now begin two days earlier, on Friday week, May 3.
The Red Mills Unraced will carry a winner's prize of €5,000 and entries are invited immediately.
The Unraced will be followed, like last year, by the Red Mills Champion Juvenile Stake.
Meanwhile, entries will close this morning for the Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne. This stake was advertised for 36 bitch puppies but over 40 entries were in the book yesterday and it is now hoped that some extra entries will come in to allow it to be run as a 48-bitch event.
Those eliminated from the first round of the Puppy Oaks will be catered for in a 12-dog Bitch 525 with a winner's prize of €1,000.
Number of the week
1,000 The number of winners trained by Rathanny handler Martin Lanney. The golden mark was achieved last Saturday when Drumsna Messi won at Dundalk. Highest-profile of those winners was Johnny Gatillo in the 2007 Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup.
The Newbridge meeting on Friday will start at 9.0, with weigh-in between 8.0 and 8.30. There will be half-price admission on presentation of Friday's Punchestown racing programme.
Pat Dalton's VOLCANO (9.15) can follow up her six-bend debut victory with another strong performance. SHABBY GO CHIC (10.0) is returning to form following a lengthy absence.