Friday 23 February 2018

Greyhound Racing: Camas the golden light in McKenna's string of stars

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

NEW INN trainer Owen McKenna is enjoying a terrific start to the season and is in the enviable position of having the favourites for three major competitions currently in progress.

Camas is the 6/4 favourite for the SIS Live Gold Cup at Shelbourne on Saturday, while McKenna holds a strong hand in both the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee on Friday and the Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick on Saturday.

Camas has drawn the outside box yet again for the Shelbourne final and will be fancied to take the €20,000 prize. But, for once, he's not guaranteed a clear run as he has another wide seed on his inner, Stay Thirsty.

Robert Gleeson's dog has clocked faster for the first split in the last two rounds.

Best-drawn finalist is probably Gary Silcock's Puppy Derby runner-up Isabels Boy in two, and this early pacer is the likely leader. The firms are not taking much chance with him as they have him at 5/2.

McKenna has six survivors in the second round of the Kirby Memorial, among them a number of leading fancies.

Roxholme Bully, Farloe Buddy and Fear Big Star all have genuine hopes. Farloe Buddy and Fear Big Star have been drawn against each other in heat two in a race which also includes Graham Holland's impressive winner Holborn Junior.

Roxholme Bully posted the fastest time of the first round, 28.34, and he will come up against the formidable Jacksallstar in heat seven.

Meanwhile, McKenna's two strong prospects for the Juvenile Classic have been drawn against each other in the opening heat – Farloe Calvin in trap one and the early paced Moments.

Another major event, the Gain Feeds Cesarewitch, will close to entries at Mullingar next Monday, with the first round on Saturday week. A confirmed runner in the 600-yard Classic is the Dolores Ruth-trained dual Betfair 600 winner Kingo, which will be contesting the Cesarewitch for a third time.

He exited at the second-round stage last year.

Number of the week

115,000 The combined winning prize money in euro that Owen McKenna's stars are chasing at Shelbourne, Limerick and Tralee.

Best bet

Leading Harold's Cross trainer Liam O'Rourke can add to his tally with JAKE SIDE (10.14), which will appreciate the ease in grade.

Irish Independent

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