Wednesday 13 December 2017

Roxholme Bully '110pc' ahead of bid for record pot

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The hours are ticking over fast in advance of the richest puppy race ever to be run in Ireland, the €80,000 to the winner Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick tomorrow, and the news of the leading lights is a case of thumbs up on all fronts.

Owen McKenna, who won the other big juvenile prize, the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee, with Farloe Calvin, is on the verge of a fantastic double as he has favourite Roxholme Bully wearing the red jacket tomorrow.

He is now a best priced 11/10 to take the prize after a hugely impressive path to the final. His slowest time in the Classic was the 28.37 he clocked last week in winning the semi and, while he may appear to be more suited to the three box than the inside, it is still a very good draw in a final.

McKenna said: "If I had been offered the inside box in the final before the first round, I would have grabbed it.

"He has clocked 28.32 from one in the second round and I suppose that would nearly win the final. He is in great form – I had him checked out and he is 110pc and we are hoping for the best."

McKenna's Irish Derby finalist Camas will be out of action for a couple of weeks after being "trapped up with a muscle problem" in the first round of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne last weekend.

"He is a hard dog to keep right but the owner Larry O'Rourke is anxious to run him in the English Derby. We'll have to wait and see," said the trainer.

McKenna's Tralee hero Farloe Calvin may have a change of plan. Immediately after that victory, the trainer had indicated that he would not contest the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Clonmel, but he is having a re-think on the matter.

"If I take him to Shelbourne he would be in very tough off his card, whereas Clonmel is only a few miles down the road and he would be running in his own age group. I might bring him there next week for a spin to see how he runs the track," added McKenna.

Best bets

There are seven meetings this evening and the biggest attendance will be at Harold's Cross, where the best betting propositions could be SAMMS DREAM BOY (8.24), CLYDAL NELLIE (9.18) and BRAE BOY (9.46). The latter may be the best option and he can hold off the late run of Pay The Lolly.

Number of the day

10,000 The starting figure in euro for the Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot which will operate on the usual races at Limerick and Shelbourne Park tomorrow night.

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