Greyhound racing: Camas perfectly poised to strike Gold for McKenna
IT'S a major weekend on the greyhound front, with some top-class action on the tracks tonight, particularly at Shelbourne, Limerick and Curraheen.
And tomorrow, last year's star performers will be honoured at the National Greyhound awards in Athlone.
Top billing on the track goes to the final of the €20,000 SIS Live Gold Cup at Shelbourne, where there will be only five runners due to the withdrawal through injury of Stay Thirsty.
Camas has been at the top of the market throughout the competition and is still, deservedly, the strong favourite.
A most consistent tracker, he has the perfect draw in six and is sure to be there or thereabouts. If he enjoys one of his better starts, he will almost certainly earn trainer Owen McKenna his first success in this event.
Isabels Boy is the likely leader but will have a battle up the inside with Cabra Millie and Priceless Sky, while Ardfert Thunder looks well housed in four and should get a clean run.
The Frances O'Donnell dog has a smashing chance and is value at current odds, but the vote goes to Camas.
On the undercard, HILLCROFT CHAMP (9.15) and TYRUR GILMORE (10.30) are others likely to be in the winner's enclosure.
Down at Limerick, the second round of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake will be run and it will kick off with a terrific battle between ASHFORD CASTLE and Slippery Robert.
The best race of the night could be in Heat 2, where McKenna's duo Farloe Buddy and Fear Big Star oppose Graham Holland's Holborn Junior, though the draw could swing it for FARLOE BUDDY.
Glenanore Dancer is doubtful for Heat 3 due to coughing and the vote goes to MELODYS GAMBLE to lead home Royal Diva.
Other suggestions are LEAMANEIGH TURBO, ROXHOLME BULLY and ORAN MAESTRO.
The semi-finals of the Kudos Supersprint will be run at Curraheen Park, with Bulmers Baby the banker bet in the first heat.
Bulmers Baby 8.55 Curraheen
Oran Maestro 9.25 Limerick
Camas 9.45 Shel Pk
Tyrur Gilmore 10.30 Shel Pk
Number of the day
19.01 The time returned by 525-yard national record holder Paradise Madison when having his first sprint trial of the year on Thursday night at Shelbourne.
He charged out of the traps and is still on course for the College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup.
Due to the rugby international between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium, those arriving at Shelbourne after 7.0 are warned to expect traffic congestion in the Ringsend area.