Friday 20 April 2018

Greyhound Racing: Unbeaten Farloe Calvin to retain crown in Tralee Classic

Tralee will be the focal point of the greyhound world tonight, with the final of the €15,000 GMHD Juvenile Classic the major attraction.

It affords New Inn trainer Owen McKenna the opportunity to repeat last year's success in the event.

The McKenna runner is Farloe Calvin, a highly talented youngster that is unbeaten after three career efforts. Not alone is he unbeaten, but he hasn't been challenged either and he is likely to go off a tight favourite this time.

His trainer reports him in very good form and "well drawn if he gets his break." So far he has got away slickly in all three outings and he is an inside runner, so everything would appear to be in his favour here.

But finals are finals and both Matt Noonan's Conna Kingsmill and Pat Buckley's Willow Man are capable of challenging him early, while John Linehan's Broadstrand Xola, Liam Dowling's Ballymac Jordan and Noel Browne's Coolavanny Angie will be doing their best from the second bend. An element of caution is advised, but it will be a surprise if Farloe Calvin doesn't oblige for owner Paul Ellis.

It could be a doubly happy night for the McKenna kennel with South Armagh the likely winner of the GMHD Consolation for Dublin owner Lar Fogarty. His excellent early pace could be the solution to this contest.

Also on the Tralee card, the Neilus O'Connell-trained RAZLDAZL WILL (9.25) bounced back to top form with a big run last week and he can land the Open 525 final.

There will be the now regular 13 races on offer at Harold's Cross this evening, when it will be clearly quantity rather than quality. Liam O'Rourke's home bred FREESTYLE MAC (9.32) did us a turn last week when impressively winning in 29.22 and he can win the final of that A4 525.

After enjoying a fine run of successes, MISS GOLD BARS (10.28) had little luck last week, but can bounce back for owner Jay Ryan in the concluding 550.

Number of the day

25,000 The size of the Pick 6 Jackpot pool guarantee tomorrow night when the usual races at Limerick and Shelbourne will be employed.

Camas plans

Owen McKenna has confirmed that his SIS Live Gold Cup finalist Camas will contest the Easter Cup next week at Shelbourne. The likely favourite for the Easter Cup is Ballymac Vic and he returns to action in an Open 525 at Shelbourne tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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