Rhythm injury opens Gold Cup door for Silva
The Tote Gold Cup final at Shelbourne was thrown wide open by the unfortunate injury to favourite Sidarian Rhythm in the semi-final and, while Cabra Buck now sits at the top of the betting market, the ingredients are there to make this a fiercely contested event this evening.
Cabra Buck is best priced at 15/8 by the firms, but there are five dogs at 6/1 or lower.
Cabra Buck is all about early pace and must lead around the opening bend if he is to win. He would prefer the longer 550 yards run to the bend to assert and so a lightning start is required if he is to clear the likes of Glenanore Dancer, Paradise Silva and Kilgraney Tomson around the opening corner.
This run to that opening corner will likely decide the race and I have visions of Paradise Silva claiming a deserved prize after being six months on the sidelines with a serious injury. He had all the appearances of a Derby winner last year until sustaining what looked a career-ending injury.
He has been nursed back to full fitness and his first round run was a revelation. Paradise hasn't had the luck in the last two weeks, but from a good draw he can put that right.
Pat Buckley reports the dog in great form and he is worth a wager at 3/1.
Mary Buggy's Kilgraney Tomson has a perfect inside draw, while Glenanore Dancer is well capable of a flying start and is another due a big winning turn. Ardfert Thunder is always capable of winning a race of this calibre, while Clipper Carlton is difficult to fancy from the draw.
Paradise Silva (9.45) can be the one and it could be a double on the night for trainer Buckley as his Kippers Usain (9.15) appears to have found a real winning opportunity in an Open 525.
Stone Boy King (9.30) must have a real chance in the A1 550, while Sidarian Lisa (10.0) has the draw to win a quality 750 contest. The concluding 525 will see the return to action of Skywalker Farloe, but over this distance it may be better to rely on the in-form Star Ace (10.30) which appears to be well drawn.
Following her brilliant run in the first round Durrow Abbie (10.10) can win the second semi-final of the Red Mills Excel Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles where Borna Central is a danger. In the other heat, Borna Helena (9.40) may have too much power from halfway for her rivals. The first round heats of the Kudos Supersprint will also be run at Curraheen.
Hall of Fame
Two Florida based priests, Fr Bryan Dalton and Fr Dan Greene are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Greyhound Awards in Athlone on Sunday, March 23rd. Thurles track director Kevin Dwan will be the recipient of the Special Merit Award.
Kippers Usain 9.15 Shelbourne
Paradise Silva 9.45 Shelbourne
Sidarian Lisa 10.0 Shelbourne
Durrow Abbie 10.10 Thurles