Greyhound racing: The final of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake
THE thaw has arrived in time to allow a full programme of racing to proceed this weekend.
There are three featured meetings this evening at Shelbourne, Limerick and Thurles where the stars will be out in pursuit of major prizes.
The final of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake will draw the crowds to Shelbourne with a top class line-up in pursuit of the €13,000 prize. Likely favourite is the Owen McKenna-trained Farloe Force, but a major market move is anticipated for the locally trained bitch Mozzletoff.
Marie Gilbert's Mozzletoff was a trifle disappointing in the early rounds, but got things back to something like normal last week when winning in 28.79. That time was still all of 25 spots behind Farloe Force's brilliant effort, but Mozzletoff is well capable of taking the first bend and if she does she should win.
Mossie O'Connor's Deerfield Music is a major threat to both, but he starts from the dreaded trap one. Expect Bling Bling Joe, Beaming Therapy and Boxie to also feature. It promises to be a cracking contest, but Mozzletoff earns the vote.
The Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger semi-finals will pack them in at Limerick and here McKenna also has a very strong call with Farley Turbo in the first semi. With a reasonable start, he should be capable of leading home Whatsupjack and Hare Mack.
In the second semi, Fraser Black's Westmead Bolt has an excellent chance of winning a race that includes Judicial Academy, Beaming Dilemma and the hugely consistent Confident Nestor.
Having been postponed last Saturday, the final of the Track Bookmakers Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles will be run this evening and youngest finalist Tenters Bell looks set for victory for Paul Hennessy.
By the way, Sales go ahead as planned this morning at Thurles.
5pts Mozzletoff 9.30 Shel Pk
3pts Westmead Bolt 9.50 Limerick