Greyhounds: Tote Gold Cup
This weekend represents a lull as it falls between the ending of a few major competitions and the start of others. As ever the main focus will be on Shelbourne, where a host of leading trackers go through their paces in advance of the Tote Gold Cup. There is the added attraction of a €20,000 Pick 6 Jackpot pool.
The main race on the card is the final of the Swords Prince @ Stud A1 where the vote goes to Pat Buckley's Beaming Dilemma, despite his defeat in the preliminary last weekend. That run should have brought him to peak fitness and a trap one draw is absolutely vital for this renowned railer.
On the clock John Robinson's Quick Lee is clearly the one to beat, but a trap five draw is hardly ideal.
It could be a big night for the Tyrur team and they have a number of fancied contenders. Tyrur Domingo may well land the concluding 550, where early paced pair Jonny Whitesox and Slippery Bob could be the main dangers.
If lightly raced Tyrur Lohan can produce anything like his best form he would win the other open 550 from Colourful Fox, while Pat Gordon's Fatboyz Tyson can get the better of Tyrur Carey and Modern Man in a 525 contest. There is a high-class sprint and Busters Choice may be best.
The most valuable race of the night is the final of the 47th annual Guinness Trophy at Curraheen Park and here Oakfront Aga is likely to go off favourite. Oakfront will take huge beating if he can grab the early lead but a trap six draw introduces a major element of doubt.
Paid Paddy and Mumhan Aris won't be easy to clear by the bend, while the big finishing Express Trick and He Told Ted must enter calculations. Express Trick might represent top each-way value.
Over at Crayford this morning (11.51 am) the Paul Hennessy-trained duo of Thatll Do Jack and Group Skater will contest the semi-final of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket and it would be no surprise if they provided the forecast.
5 pts Busters Choice 8.04 Shel Pk
3 pts Tyrur Domingo 10.30 Shel Pk