The weather continues to destroy the schedule, but at least there was some good news yesterday evening when the IGB announced that Shelbourne Park will re-open for racing next Thursday, if testing of the Tote equipment comes up positive on Monday.
Meanwhile, frost forced several of last night's meetings to be scrapped, and tonight's meeting at Mullingar has been postponed until Thursday. It will then be Saturday racing only at the midlands venue up to mid-February. Last night's Newbridge card will be run next Friday.
The Curraheen Park meeting this evening will be transmitted via Inter Track to all the tracks that are open for racing. The 11-race card is very much a graded affair with the main bulk of the racing being provided by the five heats of the Fermoy Print & Design A3 Stake.
One that should thrive in this company is former open racer Castlelyons Ralf. He boasts a 28.58 effort around Clonmel during the Produce Stakes and his recent trial suggests that he is ready to begin his climb up the ranking ladder when he contests Heat 3.
Another that makes plenty of appeal is Rising Lyric in the final of the Michael O'Leary Memorial. This young bitch shapes like a real stayer and she will be finishing fastest of all in this contest, where her semi-final victim Compass Basil looks the main threat.
Most interest over the weekend will centre on tomorrow's Clonmel card, where the eight first-round heats of the Open Unraced Stake will be run.
There are some very interesting puppies in the line-up and few will leave the stadium before the final heat which features a few youngsters that are bred for pace and have shown plenty of ability in qualifying. Magellan Lad really appeals and he could represent the bet of the night.
5pts Castlelyons Ralf 8.55 Curraheen Park
3pts Rising Lyric 9.40 Curraheen Park