Milldean Panther looks poised to pounce
MILLDEAN PANTHER came back with a bang when clocking 28.27 in a pre-racing trial at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night and is now set to have another trial at Dundalk in preparation for the Boylesports International, which will be run at the Louth venue on Thursday week.
There was huge interest in how Panther would perform in his trial and he certainly appeared to be back near his best as he got away smartly, doing a 2.05secs first split on his way to a fast time.
It was his first trial since he won the final of the Formula One Grand Prix at Curraheen Park on April 21.
The split of 2.05 would have been sweet news to connections as it is virtually on a par with his fastest splits from last season and just a length outside his best.
The dog came out of his trial well and it will be interesting to see how he performs at Dundalk on Friday.
John O'Flynn Jnr will also be bringing Oaks winner Milldean Tally for a trial.
Razldazl Jayfkay also did a big trial on Saturday when clocking 28.28 and he is confirmed for the Townviewfoods.com Champion Stakes, which will start on Saturday week.
The highlight of this week's racing will be the final of the Broadway Pet Foods Longford Derby at Longford on Friday, while the same night the semi-finals of the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn will be run at Harold's Cross.
There is precious little between the six finalists in the Longford Derby final on the clock but the trap draw appears to be favouring Magical Romeo, a dog trained by Pat Guilfoyle for his mother Alice.
He is unbeaten in the stake and has led in every round. Jason Croarkin's Tahina Rocco had a better split in the semis, but Magical's draw in red may swing it; Subway Ruth and Paradise Madison will also be leading fancies.
Stallone Bart and St Mullins Pride have been the stars thus far in the Corn Cuchulainn and they will be strongly fancied to win their semis. But both face tough tasks in what is a wide open competition. Dogwithacollar and Razldazl Dmagio look the respective major rivals.