Greyhound Racing: Jet and Vic face off in bid for Derby glory
There'll be a huge Irish invasion of Wimbledon tonight to cheer on Droopys Jet and Ballymac Vic as they bid to land the £150,000 English Derby final.
Both have been heavily supported since their participation was confirmed and they dominate betting to such an extent that you can have 8/1 bar. But there is no such thing as a certainty, especially at Wimbledon.
The main problem the Irish duo face is to avoid early trouble.
They are drawn side by side in traps two and three and the trap-one drawn Sidaz Jack is a fast starter which is inclined to move to his right at the start. Any crowding would present the outside runners with a real opportunity.
Both Irish dogs are much superior to the opposition, so let us hope for a clean run race which would surely mean an Irish winner.
Jet and Vic have enjoyed victories over each other and there is precious little between them in ability.
When they met earlier in the classic Ballymac Vic was shut off as he tried up go up the inside of Droopys Jet on the third bend and that was that. If there is the slightest bump between Sidaz Jack and Droopys Jet it could hand the initiative to Ballymac Vic.
One can only offer the very best to the respective trainers Fraser Black and Liam Dowling. One of them will surely be celebrating. Perhaps Vic is due a success over Jet, but, similarly, Fraser is certainly long overdue a deserved Derby victory.
Limerick patrons are in for a real treat with a sponsored meeting which will feature no fewer than seven finals headed by the €5,000 Golden Muzzle Open 550.
The main attraction, however, will be the first 2013 appearance of Derby hero Skywalker Puma in the special €1,500 Open 550.
This looks a snip for Puma and, from the inside box, he certainly won't be much benefit to casual punters. But it will be a terrific spectacle.
In the Golden Muzzle final the Paul Hennessy trained Priceless Rumble (10.10) is maturing rapidly and should be capable of landing the top prize, with Droopys Banner and Bypass Blackie the likely dangers.
Shelbourne's card features the opening round of the ECC Timber Open 550, while Ardfert thunder (9.30) looks a winner in a supporting Open 525.
Live on TV
The final of the William Hill English Derby will be shown live on Sky Sports 3 in a programme that runs from 7.0 to 9.30. The big race is due off at 9.08.
Ardfert Thunder 9.30 Shel Pk
Graduation Day 9.45 Shel Pk
Droopys Adelaide 10.00 Shel Pk
Paradise Silva 10.30 Shel Pk