Greyhound Racing: Vic 'in great form' as he goes on hunt for Easter glory
LAST weekend's action really whetted the appetite for the Easter Cup, which gets under way at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
Quite apart from Ballymac Vic's explosive 28.01 victory, there were the impressive trial runs of Paradise Madison (28.12), Tyrur Sugar Ray (28.42) and Laughil George (28.47).
These are just some of the big names that will be in the draw for the Easter Cup and we can assume that the likes of Camas Crash, Killbarry Rover, Cabra Buck, Droopys Adler, Homeless Boy, Hot Pursuit, Barefoot Printer and Priceless Rumble will also be among the entries.
Liam Dowling gave an upbeat report of Ballymac Vic, saying: "He was tired afterwards and his first 525 back took a bit out of him. But he's in great form and hopefully he will be back to his best for the step up to 550 yards this weekend."
Meanwhile, the Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick is down to the final 12 and it is certainly living up to its massive advance billing.
The joint favourites at 3/1 are Ashford Castle and Roxholme Bully, while fastest third-round winner Leamaneigh Turbo is a best-priced 9/2, with Oran Maestro (8/1) and Scolari Express (9/1) the only other contenders in single figures.
There are two superb semi-finals in prospect and it would come as no surprise if Davy Reynolds' Oran Maestro returned to top form in the first semi-final, where he has his first suitable draw in the stake.
He ran well in defeat last weekend and could be good value in a heat that also includes Roxholme Bully, Leamaneigh Turbo and Slippery Robert.
The 'springer' of the competition has been Kisses For Cloda and his early-paced clash with Scolari Express in the second heat will be most interesting.
They cannot afford to clash, given the presence of big-finishing Ashford Castle, Melodys Gamble and Droopys Banner in the race.
The final of the Kudos Supersprint will be run at Curraheen and Kilmallock trainer Ken Duce has a terrific chance of landing the prize with either Nicken Ripper or Nicken Builder, which both won their semi-finals in flying times.
TV racing resumes tonight on Sky Sports, with the Racing Post Juvenile Championship the highlight at Wimbledon.
It brings together flying kennel companions Ballymac Eske and Farloe Warhawk – surely a race not to miss.
Number of the day
5 – cost of admission in euro, including racecard, when Wednesday racing resumes at Shelbourne tomorrow.