Monday 11 December 2017

Well-drawn Trent can deliver Cox Cup for Buckley

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

BACK in 2006, Pat Buckley trained Droopys Electric to win the Cox Cup at Newbridge. Now, seven years later, he goes into this year's final with a very strong hand as he has both semi-final winners Killinan Cash and Farloe Trent representing him in Friday's feature at the County Kildare venue.

Buckley gave an upbeat report on both dogs.

"They are both in great form and came out of their semis very well. They must have a good chance of winning the top prize but I do think Gerry Holian's Captain Scolari is a big danger from his inside draw."

Captain Scolari, thus far, has been very much a Drumbo Park specialist, winning two feature events at the Lambeg track, but a trap one draw brings him right into contention here.

Teamwork could well come into play as Killinan Cash normally flies from traps and dives for the inside rail and a repeat of that tactic could see him crowding Captain Scolari in the early yards.

Farloe Trent is very well drawn in trap six and his task will be clearing Uncle Eoin and Laughil Billy to the bend.

He is well capable of doing so. If Trent gets a clear run around the bend then the €7,000 prize could be his.

Kilkenny juvenile

Last year the inaugural Red Mills Champion Juvenile at Kilkenny was won by the subsequent Derby winner Skywalker Puma, while Priceless Sky, Allen Master and Ringtown Snowy were also in the final. The big question is, whether this year's event will produce similar big names?

Entries close this morning and the first round will be run on Friday. With 32 names already in the book it is hoped that the required 36 can be achieved by closing time. Among those entered are the Red Mills Unraced winner Lough Messi, as well as a couple from Matt O'Donnell and Graham Holland and no less than four trained by Paul Hennessy.

One-two for Finns

It was a truly magical occasion for the Finn family from Ballycanew on Monday night at Enniscorthy when not alone did they win the final of the €2,000 A5/6 Stake with Altesse Maverick, but also supplied the runner-up Altesse Newyork.

The two greyhounds had dominated the competition and went off the top two in the betting. Maverick, owned by Jack and daughter Ciara, was the 4/5 favourite and he flashed out of traps to win easily by four lengths in 28.98, thus preserving an unbeaten run through the stake.

Son Shane's Altesse Newyork lost ground on the opening bend, but finished strongly to claim second.

Best bets

Georgie Roche's DALCASH TACTIC (8.0) is due a winning turn and it may arrive in Shelbourne's opener, while another worth noting is Frank O'Brien's LEMS ESCALADE (9.15), which never figured last week, but, on best form, would win this.

Irish Independent

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