Greyhound Racing: Puma in prime condition for Stakes attack
There will be Classic action on many fronts this weekend, with the final of the Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross on Friday, while the first rounds of the Townview Foods Champion Stakes and Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be run at Shelbourne and Dundalk respectively.
Entries are still being accepted for the Champion and the Sprint, but both competitions are certain to be high-class affairs.
Matt O'Donnell reports that Skywalker Puma came out of his Shelbourne trial very well and he is on target to contest the Champion.
A decision on Paradise Madison's participation will be made this evening, but Ollie Bray reports that the dog came out of his race on Saturday in good form.
"He was very ring-rusty and needs another couple of races to bring him on. The owners will make a decision on the Champion Stakes (today)," said Bray.
Most of the contenders for the Champion Stakes were due to be checked out either yesterday evening or today prior to their entries being confirmed. Definitely entered are Melodys Diamond, Captain Scolari, North Bound, Tyrur Sugar Ray and Nothing Simple.
Two star trackers that will not be in the Champion Stakes line-up are the English Derby finalists Droopys Jet and Ballymac Vic.
Both dogs are in excellent form but have been given a well-earned break following their exertions before gearing up for a crack at the ETS Irish Derby.
Meanwhile, Margaret Kavanagh has reported yesterday afternoon that there were 61 names in the book for the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup, which will start at Dundalk on Friday night.
She is hoping to get 72 by the time the draw is made this afternoon.
Among the leading names in the book are reigning champion Cambushmore, Leeview Dave, Bypass Blackie, Piercestown Liam, Odyssey, Rios Girl, Razldazl Rioga, Ballyhill Sub, 2012 runner-up Hather Ski, Mesedo Black, Bulmers Baby, Farloe Calvin, Ballymac Matthew and two English challengers, Bittles Bar and Tayl Bound.
Razldazl Marilyn has been introduced as the 5/2 favourite for the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn final at Harold's Cross on Friday.
Best prices available about the other finalists are 3/1 White Soks Roks, 7/2 Shanless Becky, Volcano, 8/1 Hangover Petee and 20/1 Follom Flair.
Due to the expected warm weather, the unrecorded trial sessions at Clonmel and Tralee this week will start at 7.0 am. Tralee will be staging such trials on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and the sessions will run from 7.0 to 10.0.