Sunday 18 February 2018

Greyhound racing: Catchme will have it handy at Curraheen

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Catchme will have it handy at CurraheenAs we approach tonight's first round of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Curraheen Park, the 6/1 ante-post favourite is the Fraser Black-trained Droopys Jet.

One suspects he will never have a better opportunity to land one of the Classics.

Black's charge goes in Heat 3 on what promises to be a fantastic night. He has been drawn in three and his 28.03 trial spin suggests he can brush aside the threats from Cathys Clown and Boherna House.

Defending champion Knockglass Billy is second favourite at 10/1 but he faces a major task in Heat 11, where he will have Oaks winner Locnamon Bridie and finalist Badminton Girl among his rivals. In his favour is the fact Isabels Boy is ruled out.

Billy should qualify safely as should his Graham Holland-trained kennel companions Cambushmore and Holborn Catchme. Holborn Catchme (9.10), winner of last year's Irish Sprint Cup, goes in Heat 12 and should have things pretty easy. Holborn Catchme is in a really difficult Heat 7 with Texacloth winner All About Ya and Mohane Vic among his rivals.

Expect big runs from Borna Gem, Hot Pursuit, Glenanore Dancer and North Bound.

Mulvaney Memorial

It was disappointing that the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 only attracted 18 entries but there is plenty of quality in the line-up, with the two big names being Tyrur Sugar Ray and Mall Brandy.

Tyrur Sugar Ray (10.15) is well capable of giving Sparta Maestro's great record a shaking but to do so he must make a smart exit from traps in Heat 3. Highview Beauty, Droopys Adler and Airlie Dazzler are particularly strong rivals.

Mall Brandy (10.0) bettered the 575 yard mark by one spot last week and Martin Fahy's dog can win again in Heat 2 but he has serious rivals in Melodys Gamble and Tyrur Amelia. The other heat will be interesting, with Gavins Legacy, Monleek Force, Priceless Rumble and Oneco Cool entitled to plenty of respect.

Pearl a gem

The Droopys Stud Munster Oaks commences at Waterford and Holland's Rockburst Pearl (9.22) looks banker material with her early pace sure to test rivals. In other heats Razldazl Amy (8.52) and Angry Bird (9.07) could justify support.

There are two big Sunday meetings with Mullingar staging a special card featuring the final of the Fair Warrior Sprint, backing up a very good card at Clonmel where the final of the Supporters' Club A1/2 550 will see Skywalker Farloe (9.0) bid to extend his winning run.

John McGee is double-handed in the Fair Warrior final with Bulmers Baby and Tasmanic Jaxx, but it would be no surprise if Jim Courtney's Holborn Mac took the prize.

Irish Independent

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