Greyhound racing: Madison's sizzling trial ahead of 'Easter' return to fray
Sensational Shelbourne Park record-holder Paradise Madison is set to return to the track on Saturday after being entered for the Easter Cup.
Recently crowned Newcomer of the Year, Paradise Madison last raced when knocked over in the final of the Puppy Stake at Shelbourne in December.
The brilliant Ollie Bray-trained son of Head Bound and Paradise Alanna flew around Shelbourne in 28.12 in a trial last weekend and his presence will draw the crowds on Saturday.
With entries due to close this morning, hopes are high that the required number of 36 entries will be received for the €25,000 event.
Unfortunately, Derby winner Skywalker Puma will not make it in time following his recent virus, but most of the other top trackers will be in the draw which will be made at lunchtime today.
The current list of 24 entries reads: Paradise Madison; Ballymac Vic; Camas; Tyrur Sugar Ray; Kereight King; North Bound; Ardfert Thunder; Refuge Of Sinner; Skywalker Legend; Cabra Buck; Murralli Junior; Money Talks; Hot Pursuit; Priceless Rumble; Jimmy Boy; Ashfield Impact; Hillcroft Champ; Uncle Eoin; Laughil George; Camas Crash; Forest Ralph; Piu Di Pep; Head For Fame; and Fridays Chico.
Fastest first-round winner Ciaras Spain receives a 14/1 quote from Boylesports for the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar.
In Saturday's first heat he is due to meet the 4/1 Classic favourite Gizmo Classic in a race that also includes heat winner Dartrey Ron and the pacey Buddy Minor.
The second favourites at 5/1 are Ringtown Snowy and Slip The Genie and they have been drawn together in the second heat.
Priceless Pilot ran all over the track last week, but is capable of a big run in heat three, where Highview Beauty will have plenty of support.
Clydal Rumble is a likely favourite for the final heat, but here I have a fancy for Ripley Diana, which ran well last weekend.
It will be a nine-race card at Shelbourne tonight, with some very interesting racing.
One that appeals is Ger Martin's KILLGLEN CHIEF (9.15) which should find this much easier than the Kirby Memorial in which he ran last time.
If Michael English's HANDONTHEFAN (10.0) can repeat his best form, he can take the concluding 575.
The racing schedule is almost back to full pace following the winter season.
Wednesday racing resumes at Shelbourne Park tonight and there will be a special €5 admission (including a race programme) package for the first four Wednesdays.
Thursday racing returns at Curraheen Park tomorrow night.