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Greyhounds: Shelbourne Park

After missing three Saturday night fixtures due to Christmas and a mixture of snow, frost and flooding, Shelbourne Park returns to the Saturday schedule this evening.

The track reopened on Thursday after the flooding and the meeting went quite well, despite a few technical hitches which were quickly ironed out.

There will be no competitions this evening, but there are a number of Open races that promise some very exciting racing.

It was just under a year ago that the Peter Cronin-trained Whatsupjack hit the jackpot at Shelbourne when winning the final of the John J Casey Open over 575 yards.

In the interim he has contested all the major events and rounded off 2010 by reaching the final of the Irish St Leger at Limerick.

He is now returning to Shelbourne, obviously with an eye on defending his title in the renamed Tyrur McGuigan Open 575, which kicks off next Saturday.

His tune-up race this evening is the last on the card and Whatsupjack is given the nap selection to succeed.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is one of the three owners of Shelbourne Dawn and she has a good chance of winning a competitive Open 525, the 10th race on the card.

A finalist in last year's Irish Oaks, she can edge a race where well-drawn Quick Lee and Three One Three look the dangers. Others worth noting on the supporting card include the very fast Razldazl Joe, Longrock Sheelin and Air Force Ellie.

There will be big attention on Clonmel tomorrow evening for the entire second round of the Open Unraced Stake.

Fastest first-round winner was Willie O'Connor's Modges Hawk. He goes in the fourth heat where he is opposed by three other heat winners. It will be a tough call and the betting proposition of the round may be the Graham Holland-trained Hovex Minstrel in the opening heat.


5pts Whatsupjack 10.30 Shel Pk

3pts Longrock Sheelin 9.30 Shel Pk

Irish Independent