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With Grim Intent's late surge blows Derby hunt wide open

With the weather much improved for the second day of the National Coursing Meeting, the crowds flocked to Powerstown Park in Clonmel and were again treated to plenty of shocks and some high-class fare.

After a day of drama, the top of the betting lists for the Classics now look very different.

Kingsmill Rover was the clear favourite for the Boylesports.com Derby and he duly earned an emphatic five-length victory over Wood Dynamo in his first outing in a brilliant clock.

Gerry Holian's With Grim Intent wasn't far behind him with his time, though, and their clash in the afternoon was eagerly anticipated.

Kingsmill again dashed clear, but the Noreen McManus-owned With Grim Intent produced a huge late surge up the hill to snatch it by a length.

As a result, With Grim Intent is now quoted at 5/4 by the sponsors, on the same mark as Kyle Calvin, which has a great chance of ending Michael and Marie Field's bad luck in the dog Classic.

He moved most impressively in both outings and certainly appeared to be the best dog on the field in the afternoon.

When coursing resumes this morning, Kyle Calvin will be opposed by Timmys Bin and he should progress through that to a likely semi-final meeting with John McCallin's Light Duty.

It may well be a Kyle Calvin-With Grim Intent final and a Classic success could be on the cards for Calvin.

Tim and Rose O'Driscoll from Glanmire won the Greyhound & Petworld Oaks back in 2011 with Skellig Babe and they have two daughters of that Oaks heroine in the last eight in Skellig Rose and Skellig Kiwi.

Both have made their way through impressively to this stage and they could well meet in the final.

The one probably standing in their way is the Holian-owned Heart Light, which was also bred by the O'Driscolls.

The O'Driscolls could have a huge day as their Skellig Way is the 6/4 favourite to win the Classics Club Champion Stakes, while they also have a leading contender for the Grace Bruton Champion Bitch Stake in Skellig Tivoli.

Irish Independent