Paradise Madison to thrill Shelbourne crowd
Having given a real glimpse of his glorious best form last weekend, Dave Buckley's Paradise Madison will attract a very large attendance to Shelbourne Park for tonight's card, which features the semi-finals of the Shelbourne Open 575.
One of the fastest greyhounds any of us has ever seen, Paradise Madison has had more than his fair share of injury problems but the evidence of last Saturday night suggests that he retains much, if not all, of his huge pace.
He has drawn the inside trap which is absolutely ideal, provided he gets away on level terms.
It's as simple as this: Paradise is in a class of his own and, barring accidents, he will win the first of the semi-finals at his ease.
Buckley has had the dog checked out during the week and he said yesterday that "everything appears to be going fine and he is in very good form".
The opposition has been reduced to four with the injury to Stateside Troika. Jim Brosnan's Shopping Basket was a revelation last week and he can chase home Paradise with Slip The Genie the other possible qualifier.
The opening semi-final promises to be a much more open affair with Ringtown Snowy the likely favourite but he isn't the best drawn in four, though Abbeyville Tipp, in five, has been withdrawn.
Vimmerby, Dundrum Lemon and Vulturi will move smartly up the inner. All this could leave Sidarian Lisa (10.0) with a glorious run from the outside.
Graham Holland's bitch is an inside seed but she came wide around the field on the last bend last week and finished with a real flourish. She is definitely worth a chance to lead home Ringtown Snowy.
There could be a few other winners for Holland on the later end of the card with Hawaii Kinsale (10.30) the likely winner of the concluding 550 if he can manage to leave last week's disappointing run behind.
Also, Sidarian Rhythm (9.45) appears to have terrific prospects in the eighth race. A few that appeal earlier are Gymstar Jumbo (8.04), Satin Romeo (8.32), Knight Bite (8.46) and Fifo (9.15).
It's hardly surprising that following a succession of fine first-round performances, rumours abound concerning sales of the leading contenders in the Red Mills Open Unraced Stake at Clonmel.
It is reported that Airfield Paudie has been sold but will continue to run in the stake for trainer Denis O'Malley, while there are strong suggestions that fastest first-round winner Sir Paddy has also changed hands.
Quietly Fancied is also reported to have been sold.
The clash of Sir Paddy and Airfield Paudie in Heat 3 tomorrow would be a real highlight if it transpires, while my idea of the bets of the night would be Droopys Oddysey (9.30) and Inslips Dino (9.45). Both Hotfoot Logan and Paradise Abbey have been withdrawn.
(All Shelbourne Park)
Gymstar Jumbo 8.04
Satin Romeo 8.32
Hawaii Kinsale 10.30