Friday 19 January 2018

Greyhound Racing: Pearl can make most of Terror withdrawal

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Rising young star Shes A Terror will not be a runner in tonight's second round of the Irish Oaks at Shelbourne as she is suffering from tonsillitis.

Her trainer Eamonn Cronin was forced to concede yesterday that his bitch would not make it to the race; she will now have a little break and could well be targeted at the Tyrur Big Mile Champion Bitch Stake at Galway.

She was to contest Heat 8, but it remains a terrific contest with Rockburst Pearl, Drumurrer Vixen and Royal Diva all carrying big hopes. The early pace of Rockburst could decide it.

Oaks favourite Borna Gem (8.32) faces a big test in Heat 3 but should come through, though Shabby Go Chi is very well drawn.

I'm inclined to make Rios Girl (8.04) the banker of the evening despite having to reverse first-round placings with Lacken Rua. Gerry Merriman's big finishing Highview Beauty (8.18) and Donal Murphy's Badminton Girl (10.15) are other fancies.

The first round of the English Derby continues at Wimbledon with 15 Irish runners in action in the remaining 13 heats and we would appear to have a few banker bets.

This could be Paul Hennessy's night, with Priceless Sky (7.39) and Money Talks (9.32) confident selections, while his Priceless Pilot (10.35) is far from a no-hoper.

Owen McKenna's Farloe Buddy (8.58) is another strong fancy, and Michael O'Donovan's Judicial Ruling (9.48) could be another winner.

Volcano can erupt

A new star stayer has been unearthed in recent weeks in the form of Volcano, and Pat Dalton's bitch now has a record of three wins from three outings over six bends. Her two most recent victories were wide-margin affairs and she could well go on to emulate her great dam Flying Winner.

She looks a good thing to win the second semi-final of the Barry's Tea 750 at Curraheen.

The other heat is more open. White Soks Roks is the established staying star but he was clearly outpointed by Chris Houlihan's Ring A Chris (9.40) last weekend and it may be a similar case this time.

Saturday yankee

Rios Girl 8.04 Shel Pk

Highview Beauty 8.18 Shel Pk

Volcano 9.55 Curraheen Pk

Badminton Girl 10.15 Shel Pk

Pick 6

Pick 6 Jackpot is €10,000 and suggestions for the first three legs at Shelbourne are: Race 5 – 1, 2; Race 6 – 1, 5; Race 7 – 5, 6.

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