Tuesday 12 December 2017

Greyhound Racing: Sawpit Sensation can fight off Bully

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The trap draw has worked out pretty satisfactorily for all six runners in the €20,000 Boylesports International at Dundalk on Friday.

The immediate reaction from the sponsors was to name Roxholme Bully as the 15/8 favourite to win the 42nd running of this great one-off invitational. All six came through their trials in good condition and so there were no last-minute changes to the race.

As the solitary middle seed, Roxholme Bully was guaranteed the three box and trainer Owen McKenna was delighted.

"It's the draw we wanted and we realise that he'll have to come out and clear the two inside runners. But he is in great form and he handled the track very well in his trial," said McKenna. Paul Hennessy was also pleased with the inside draw for Priceless Sky. "It's a good draw for him and he is in good form. He came out of his trial well and ran the track well, so it is now up to him."

The 7/2 advertised about Sawpit Sensation reads good value. He will appreciate the six draw and the huge back-straight should play to the strengths of Dave Hunt's English raider.

The Boylesports betting is: 15/8 Roxholme Bully, 5/2 Priceless Sky, 7/2 Sawpit Sensation, 7/1 Screen Critic, Farloe Trent, 10/1 Quail Hollow.

The inaugural Tyrur Big Mike Champion Bitch Stake will commence at Galway on Thursday and the entries close this morning with the draw scheduled for 1.0. By yesterday 36 entries had been received and management are still hopeful of attracting the required 48. If not, the event will go ahead as a 36.

Among the big names in the entry list are Rockburst Beryl, Rockburst Pearl, Airforce Diva, Tyrur Annaleen, Plutos Hawk and Springwell Watsy.

Shanless Becky has emerged as the new staying star in the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross but the draw has dealt her a tough semi-final task on Friday.

Brendan Cullen's bitch is well housed in six but has the brilliant duo of Priceless Pilot and White Soks Roks in opposition in the second semi.

Pat Dalton's Volcano was a big disappointment in the second round on Friday and a trap-five draw is not ideal next time. She'll find it hard to beat Razldazl Marilyn in what could be a very informative heat.


Glenbrien Spirit (8.24) was bought out of the Thurles Sales but earlier displayed plenty of promise on his debut run at Limerick and may be good enough for this A7 contest at Harold's Cross.

Noel and Brian White's Kilbride Pearl (10.28) has been a good servant and may deliver again in the concluding A5.


Boylesports International

Dundalk (Friday):

1 Priceless Sky, 2 Quail Hollow, 3 Roxholme Bully (m), 4 Screen Critic (w), 5 Farloe Trent (w), 6 Sawpit Sensation (w).

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