Saturday 20 January 2018

Inside track to give Daylewis a starring role

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The weekend action will provide a terrific opportunity to assess the merits of the puppy generation against the older trackers, with Classic action on both fronts.

It is the youngsters that will kick off proceedings with the quarter-finals of the HRX Bookmakers Puppy Derby scheduled for Harold's Cross this evening.

The early battles in the first two rounds have assisted in sorting out the pecking order, but plenty more has to be decided at this stage and we could well have a shock or two in store again this evening.

Ian Reilly knows what it takes to win this event and in Droopys Daylewis (9.18) he has a dog capable of going a long way. His inside draw can give him the advantage over likely leader Star Ace and big-finishing Turning Tables.

Eamonn Cronin's Shes A Terror (9.32) is coming into form after being in-season and she could be a value proposition in Heat 2, where Ecclestone, Say Si Si and Mustang Messi could well be preferred to her in the betting.

The trap two draw in Heat 3 could be just what Pat Buckley's Killinan Baby (9.46) needs and she can regain winning ways at the expense of big-finishing El Flutter and well-drawn Jaytee Monaco.

Heat 4 can be the race of the night and again the draw can be vital for Pat Guilfoyle's Newlawn Impact (10.0).

He was hugely impressive last time and can emerge from a heat where Chicago, Turning Tables, Vanrooney and Aclamon Messi all have real prospects.

The first-round heats of the Puppy Derby Plate will also be run tonight and the best bet here could be Graham Holland's Cuil Cool (8.37).

This strong runner got no run in the Classic itself and should be too strong for these if he can avoid wide-running Cuil Liam on the bends. Holland also has the likely winner of Heat 3 in Sharp Bolt (8.50) which has the early pace to quickly seal this contest.

Elsewhere this evening there are a couple of graded finals down for decision.

Cyril Hickey's Gneeves Megan (9.55) might pay the way in the Supporters' Club final at Tralee, while at Newbridge the local Supporters' Club final can be won by Iryna O'Flaherty's well-drawn Junior Title (9.15).

Drumbo latest

It's going to be a very busy weekend at Drumbo Park, where the semi-finals of the Toals Bookmakers NI Derby will be run tomorrow.

Then on Sunday there will be another special Sunday 10-race fixture which will commence at 2.30. The weigh-in will take place between 1.30 and 2.0.

Friday Yankee

Cuil Cool 8.37 Harold's Cross

Sharp Bolt 8.50 Harold's Cross

Droopys Daylewis 9.18 Harold's Cross

Shes A Terror 9.32 Harold's Cross

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