Greyhounds: Screen Critic heads 'International' raiders
While English Derby winner Sidaz Jack was declared a non-runner, fellow finalist Screen Critic has been confirmed a definite starter in the Boylesports International at Dundalk on Friday week.
It was no surprise that Charlie Lister didn't favour a trip to Dundalk given his recent history and Bittles Bar was also declared a non-runner. But Kevin Hutton jumped at the chance of running Screen Critic which, incidentally, had his first trial around Dundalk.
This powerful racer now joins Sawpit Sensation as confirmed British challengers and a response is awaited from Paul Young, trainer of Airlie Impact.
The formation of the Irish team is not yet complete, with Priceless Sky the only definite runner, but with a number of big names in the pot. The line-up for the race will definitely be finalised by Saturday at the latest.
Meanwhile, there will be plenty of interest in tonight's Dobbs Oil Unraced second round heats at Kilkenny following some very smart runs last week. Maria Kennedy's Sizzling Bolt (8.24) was fastest with a 29.07 run and he goes from the inside trap in the first heat where Mr Hooch is likely the biggest danger.
Paddy Sinnott had a smashing first round double and he could go close to a repeat this time with Blackstone Roy (8.36) and Blackstone Marco (9.00), though Rockmount Zumo could test the latter.
Best bet at tonight's Shelbourne meeting should be Barney Mooney's Odyssey (8.15) in the final of the sprint stake. He gave quite an exhibition last week and should lead all the way. A value forecast recommendation could be Kilnacloy Prince which made a promising debut around the circuit last week.
The final of the Broadway Pet Food Longford Derby will be run at the north midlands venue on Friday and it could provide a popular winner in the form of Marcella Clyne's Clydal Jack.
He is unbeaten in the competition and is capable of leading all the way in the €5,000 contest. His big job could be clearing the inside runner Danmar Benny to the bend and he is drawn on the right side of the other semi-final winner Bit Of Berlin.
The latter's owner Stephen Thornton also has Bit Of Action running.
The big Racing Festival at Galway is rapidly approaching and entries for the inaugural €10,000 to the winner Tyrur Big Mike Champion Bitch 550 are invited. This terrific stake is for 48 bitches and there is top class prizemoney all the way through. It commences on Thursday of next week, while the following night the €4,350 to the winner Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate A7 gets under way.
Thanks to the support of the Track Supporters' Club there will be free admission to all Monday and Friday meetings at Youghal from this coming Monday to August 23.