Ruth's Rioga ready to dazzle in Tralee
Greyhound racing: Following her training sabbatical, Dolores Ruth is set to gatecrash the greyhound higher echelon again this evening when her Razldazl Rioga bids to successfully defend his Boylesports Race of Champions title at the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee.
A huge crowd is anticipated for this renewal of the major Kerry GAA Training Fund Benefit Meeting in which the €15,000 Race of Champions final is the highlight.
Razldazl Rioga wasn't the fastest semi-final winner last week, but the ground was sticky enough on that occasion and he'll appreciate the livelier conditions this time.
Micheal O Muircheartaigh's Razldazl Rioga is blessed with brilliant early pace and is a very likely leader. He will have to lead on the bend if he is to win.
Paddy Hennessy's Leamaneigh Turbo set the pace in the semis, but will have to get across Rioga to get around the bend.
The dash to the bend holds the secret to the outcome of this contest, with five inside seeds all seeking a slot on the inner rail.
This makes the tasks of Airlie Dazzler and Killinan Cash in four and five all the more difficult but Paradise Silva could have a plum inside draw in the sixth race of his career. He has huge pace and can run a massive race.
But the big danger to them all is the dog with the best draw, Farloe Trent in the outside box. His one weak spot can be his starting, but if there is any trouble on the inside then the Pat Buckley-trained dog will make hay.
One way or another, he looks sure to be in the frame. Buckley also has Paradise Silva and Killinan Cash and could have a few in the frame but the vote still goes to Razldazl Rioga (9.20).
There is also a high-profile meeting at Kilkenny where the semi-finals of the Red Mills Champion Juvenile will be run. Frances O'Donnell's Skywalker Jet (9.0) and Paul Hennessy's Priceless Bolt (9.12) can be the heat winners.
The second round of the Broadway Pet Foods Longford Derby will be run at Longford, with Tina's Nova (8.15) and Groucho's Charlie (8.30) likely winners.
There will be four races shown live from Tralee on RTE 2 this evening and Christy's Ash (8.55) and Rockburst Pearl (9.07) appeal for the double. A little each-way on 8/1 chance Farloe Trent (9.20) could reap rewards.
There will be boosted Trio Pool guarantees on all races with full fields at Tralee this evening. The TV programme will run between 8.30 and 9.30.
Best known for his footballing exploits, 'Iron' Paddy McCormack is also handy with his greyhounds and has real prospects with Fahy Hi (9.46) in an A3 570. Davy Morris' Ushers Jim (9.04) would win the A2 550 on his best form.