Saturday 16 November 2019

Greyhound Racing: Panther in safe hands ahead of Derby bid

Davy Russell: partners Panther Claw
Davy Russell: partners Panther Claw

Michael Fortune

The mystery surrounding 'wonder dog' Milldean Panther has finally been cleared up and the brilliant tracker will make his first public appearance since December 1 when he will have a trial at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.

Mark Heggie, who heads the M&H Racing Syndicate that owns the dog, yesterday confirmed that he delivered Milldean Panther to young Clogherhead trainer Craig Kelly last Friday and that the dog "flew around Dundalk" in an unofficial 400-yards trial on Monday.

"Craig is very much an up-and-coming trainer and he was thrilled with the condition of the dog," said Heggie.

"Our plan is to run him in the ETS Irish Derby and if the trial goes well at the weekend we will try to get a race into him before the Derby." Heggie also confirmed that last year's Irish Oaks winner Milldean Tally has returned to Dolores Ruth.

The bitch had a litter of pups and Ruth will assess her progress and decide what route should be taken with her.

Paradise Madison has been entered for the Townview Foods Champion Stakes at Shelbourne, as has Derby winner Skywalker Puma.

Other late entries include Roxholme Bully, Mall Brandy, Locnamon Bridie, Money Talks, Priceless Pilot, Willow Man, Jaxx On Fantasy, Gizmo Classic and Droopys Adler.

The draw was made for the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup, which commences on Friday and Saturday.

In a sizzling Heat 3, English Derby finalist Bittles Bar will be opposed by Odyssey and Bulmers Baby.

Danny beams in

Danny Mullins, who is awaiting the outcome of an appeal against the 14-day suspension imposed for his 'hijacking' of a racecourse ambulance, will have a vastly different mode of transport on Sunday when he will be a participant in the annual BEAM Donkey Derby at Kilkenny.

Mullins will be joined by Davy Russell, Davy Condon, Niall 'Slippers' Madden and possibly Paul Townend. It promises to be another huge night with the first race at 7.30 and a host of finals and open races on the menu.

One of the finals will be the Kilcarrig Quarries Open 300 and tonight's semi-finals provide Derek and Brian Loughnane's Cyclone Sandy (8.24) with an ideal opportunity to follow up an impressive Clonmel win on Sunday.

Best bets

Tonight's graded card at Shelbourne will have the usual Wednesday night Pick 4 Jackpot €1,000 guarantee.

Two to assist punters in chasing the pot could be Sheila Duncan's Glory Champ (8.45) in the S1 Sprint and Jerry Kirwan's puppy Gurtmullen (9.15) in the sixth A4 contest.

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