Sunday 22 April 2018

Jet to shoot for the Stars in career finale

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Droopys Jet, one of the best greyhounds to have raced in Ireland in recent years, will make his farewell appearance when he contests the Night of Stars at Shelbourne on November 30.

It had been feared that Jet might not be ready following a minor setback picked up in the Laurels but trainer Fraser Black yesterday gave a very upbeat report on his star's condition.

"He is in great form again and we have decided that he will run just one more race," he said. "He will defend his Night of Stars 525 title and will then be retired permanently to stud.

"It would be great if he could become a two-time Night Of Stars champion. We have had a number of queries from breeders but he will be available immediately after the big night".

Black, incidentally, is running Brick Lane in the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon, which commences this evening.

The unbeaten son of Droopys Scolari goes in the opening heat and it is really a dual-purpose task by Black as it also serves as vital experience for a potential English Derby challenge next May.

It also looks as though Ballymac Vic will run his final race on the Night of Stars programme. The dog is likely to have a trial next week and if he satisfies he will be in the line-up.

He is doing well at stud and Liam Dowling says that he will be taking up permanent stud duties soon, depending on how he performs in the trial.

BEST BETS

Punters face a tough enough task at Harold's Cross this evening with Liam O'Rourke's massively built Big Surprise (10.28) put forward as the best betting proposition in the concluding 550.

He will have plenty of room to do his racing on the outside and can be too strong at the finish. Early pace could be the key to Paddy Flynn's Walkabout Gary (9.32) winning a semi-final of the A3 stake.

STARS TICKETS

Those of you planning on going to the Night of Stars and wishing to purchase Grandstand Restaurant tickets would be advised to do so immediately as they are selling fast.

They cost €100 each and include admission, racecard, dinner with wine, participation in a raffle and also support for the big night.

They can be ordered from the IGB Call Centre on 1890 269969 or from any committee member.

CALLING ALL JUMPERS

The Centra Harold's Cross Irish Grand National will close to entries on Wednesday next with the first round due to be run on Tuesday, November 12.

So far there are only six names in the book including four from across the water and two home runners, including the dual Cork record-breaker Razldazl Will.

Irish Independent

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