This truly is a race that would do justice to any Laurels final, something that is vividly illustrated by the 10-1 quote about Jerry Griffin’s brilliant tracker St Louis Spirit. The big two in the race are Tyrur Enda and Tullymurry Act and Cashmans have them as virtually joint favourites. But the presence of the early paced Owen McKenna trained pair of Pablo Supreme and Tubbertelly Dubh makes this a really difficult task.
While Tyrur Enda didn’t exactly take the breath away last Saturday, he still won readily and one suspects that there is a big run to come. Owner PJ Fahy and trainer son Conor were both very happy with the dog this week and this fellow’s brilliant early pace could prove decisive.
It was great to see Tullymurry Act back in his very best form last weekend and he is well housed in three. Question is, can he match Enda to the bend, not to mention the McKenna pair. Prior to the first round I nominated Tyrur Enda as my long range fancy and that remains the opinion.
The opening heat is really open but I am surprised by the 6-1 about Huckabees Kid after his smart performance behind Tullymurry Act last weekend. It looks value in a race where Tyrur Bucko and Broadstrand Lad look the likely favourites.
The Reggie Roberts trained Dalcash Cardosa has the ideal trap two draw in the second heat but Kid Billzer, Kiowa Myth and Honchos Key also come strongly into the reckoning while the third heat can go to last year’s winner Sevenheads Bay at the main expense of Killorane Boy.
The supporting card on final night, October 16th, should be a tremendous affair with an all-open card carrying a minimum winner’s prize of €1,000. Entries will close on Monday week for the supporting races which will be: Open 575, Open 550, Open 525, Open Bitch 525, Open Bitch 550, Open 750, Open 550 (Sept. ‘08 or later); Open Puppy 525 (Nov. ‘08 or later). Racing on final night will commence at 7.30 pm and there will be an hour long programme from Curraheen relayed live via www.rte.ie.
Derek Frehill has been appointed the new Racing Manager at Harold’s Cross and will take up his position on Monday week, October 11th. On the same day Billy Bell will move from the Dublin track to take over the RM position at Mullingar. The Mullingar vacancy arose on the resignation of Shelley Gavin who moved back to the IT world. Frehill has been the Sales and Operations Manager at Mullingar but he will now move to the RM position at Harold’s Cross.
Meanwhile, Harold’s Cross will be the venue tomorrow for the semi-finals of the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby and the prospect of another thrilling battle between Kerrydale Lar and Lolos Joe. This will be the fifth time these two dogs have met in puppy competitions since August 13th and the tally is tilted in Kerrydale’s favour, though Lolos Joe won the big one, the final of the Texacloth. Lolos will need to ping the lids to avoid early trouble and a six draw is just ideal for Kerrydale, sufficient to earn the vote.
Tom O’Neill and John Egan have big prospects in the second heat with Dream Walker but Air Force Hawk, Saleen Return and Melodys Royal will also merit respect.
Tomorrow’s Tralee meeting will include the four second round heats of the Kerry Group County Championship and some smashing racing is anticipated.
The big final of the weekend will be the Agri Store Fair Warrior Sprint at Mullingar on Saturday where the local runner Bunlahy Brett will carry huge support. Trained by Eddie Dunne for Jerry Bransfield and Stephen Shanaghy, Bunlahy could well oblige in the blue jacket but it is imperative that he makes a very slick start.
The death occurred on Tuesday evening of Paddy Byrne from Beaumont in Dublin. The man behind the Catunda prefix is one of the best known figures in the greyhound world and he passed away following a lengthy illness. He owned many great trackers during a lifetime in the sport with Catunda Ashmore’s success in the Champion Stakes at Powerstown one of the great highlights. Sincerest sympathies are extended to wife Imelda, sons Michael, Peter, Aidan and Barry and daughters Nuala and Trish. Removal tomorrow morning to the Church of the Holy Child, Whitehall, Dublin for 10 am Mass, followed by funeral to Glasnevin Crematorium