Royal Diva to light up Dundalk celebrations
It hardly seems like 10 years since Dundalk Stadium was opened to become the first dual racing facility in this part of the world.
It was on this day in 2003 that the greyhound track staged its first meeting, and almost four years later the horses began running around Ireland's first all-weather circuit. It has become established as the best AW surface in these islands.
So, it will be celebration time in Dowdallshill this evening with a special dual meeting to celebrate the birthday. Those attending may even be treated to some of the birthday cake, while the eight-race greyhound card is a very interesting one and kicks off at 9.40.
The card will be made up of five finals and three open contests, and it is in the latter races that the best betting propositions may be found. Things appear to have fallen in place for Ollie Bray's Royal Diva (9.50) in the Open 620, where she will love both the distance and the inside draw. That should help her get the better of obvious danger Monleek Force.
In the following race Craig Kelly's Aero Nemesis (10.02) returns to a circuit he handles so well and he can be much too good for the opposition in the Open 550.
Last Friday's postponed Kilkenny card will be run this evening and features the Mary Ramsbottom Memorial 525 final. Kilkenny and Clonmel will both open tomorrow night to allow patrons to enjoy the Night of Stars meeting from Shelbourne.
There are two meetings in Dublin tonight, with both Harold's Cross and Shelbourne operating on Fridays and Saturdays between now and Christmas.
There are a few tempting propositions at Shelbourne, where Lar Kinsella's Band Major (9.18) has the ideal inside draw to enable him to double his career strike rate.
Paul Hennessy's team is in top form and Kilara Hey Mac (9.33) can make a winning Dublin debut in the A3 seventh contest, while Paddy Corrigan's Hillcroft Champ (10.03) can follow up last week's success by landing another A2 525.
At Harold's Cross I fancy the chances of Colin Coyne's Rockabilly Badgr (8.30) in an A3 525. He only narrowly failed to win over 550 yards last week and is drawn to get a great run along the outside.
Others worth considering on the card are Michael Mulleady's Doorock (9.0) in an A2 525 and Rita Carberry's well-housed Talitas Girl (10.15) in the concluding A4.
There will be a changed schedule at Mullingar between now and Christmas, with racing taking place each Friday and Saturday. Tonight's meeting kicks off at 8.05 and is a benefit for Raheen GAA, while tomorrow's meeting is a fundraiser for Macra na Feirme, and the feature race will be an Open/A1 525.