Laurels glory beckons for Tyrur Enda

THIS week is one of the big occasions in Irish greyhound sport with the final of the Pat Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday. There will be a splendid all-sponsored supporting card.

Punters should note it’s a 7.30pm start.

The general view is that the top prize will go to either Tyrur Enda or Tubbertelly Dubh and they have been drawn alongside each other in the two inside traps. These are two dogs with sizzling early pace but the blue jacket would seem to give Tyrur the upper hand.

Incredibly, Enda is PJ Fahy’s sixth finalist in the last six years and he has been previously successful with Tyrur Ted, while Tyrur Laurel finished second.

Tyrur Enda was our long-range fancy for the classic and, despite the rapid rate of Tubbertelly’s improvement through the stake, he remains the choice. It seems such a long time since we celebrated the victory of Terry McCann and Luke Kilcoyne’s Waterloo Cup success with Tobertelly Queen but they’re still going strong and now on the threshold of another great victory — and this one is also McKenna trained!

But this is not a two-dog race. Such is never the case in a classic final and all it will take is a solitary bump to turn the race on its head. Kiowa Myth could get a lovely run behind the two favourites while Huckabees Kid, Took The Okee and Kid Billzer can all go up strongly.

It is actually a great weekend in the southern half of the country. Tonight at Enniscorthy Droopys Diarra can capture the Future Champion Unraced Stake while the first four heats of the Supporters Club Munster Puppy Cup will be run at Clonmel.

Tomorrow night will be the turn of the Kerry Group County Championship final at Tralee where two of the finalists, Dromore Dazzler and Dromore Hero, are actually trained in Co Laois by Jim Morrissey. They are owned by the Murphy family from Brosna and it is difficult to oppose Dazzler following his record breaking run last weekend.

Also tomorrow the Moran & O’Donnell Oaks will commence at Newbridge with Graham Holland’s Munster Oaks and Irish Puppy Oaks winner Calling Spice bidding for another big prize. The semi-finals of the Kilford Arms Stake will be run at Kilkenny tomorrow also.

Limerick has two benefit meetings on the agenda this weekend and there should be a very big turn-out for Saturday’s meeting, which is in aid of St Gabriel’s School.

News from Waterford is that the Red Mills Waterford Masters will have a winner’s prize of €12,500. It will be for 18 dogs at €100 each and the first round will be run on Saturday, October 30 with the final on Saturday, November 13.

AROUND THE TRACKS

CLONMEL: The first round of the Supporters Club Munster Puppy Cup will greatly boost the quality of the cards at Clonmel tonight and Sunday. Most eagerly anticipated is Heat 7 where Dolores Ruth’s 29.07 Shelbourne winner Razldazl Joe is opposed by the Owen McKenna trained Farloe Force, which clocked 15.92 in a sprint trial, and four other formidable rivals. There are just a limited number of places remaining in the 36 dog €1,500 Supporters Club A4 Tri Distance (525/ 550/ 575) which is due to kick off on October 28th with the closing date of October 21.

CURRAHEEN: There will be two sponsored meetings next week and entries are being invited for four races at each meeting with backgraders allowed. Friday’s meeting is in aid of Whitechurch & Waterloo Community Playground and the races are A1 575, A2 525, A3 575 and A4 525. Then on Saturday it will be the turn of Ballintotis ACC and the races here are Open 525, A1 525, A2 575 and A3 525. A 12 dog A7 Race Dogs Stake will commence on Thursday while an 18 dog €800 two-run A5 525 (preference to Cork and Youghal dogs) will start on Friday 29th. A 24 dog €1,250 A2 525 (Bg) is due to start on Saturday, October 30.

LIMERICK: Tomorrow’s meeting will be a fundraiser for Pieta House and then on Saturday there will be a major benefit in aid of St Gabriel’s School at which there will be four finals and the remainder will all be sponsored contests. Plans are now in place for the official opening night on Friday, October 22 and entries are invited for open races over 350, 525, Bitch 525, 550, 575, 600 and 750 as well as Mini Open 525 and A1 600. All of these races will be sponsored with additional prizemoney.

SHELBOURNE: The Mannion Builders Supplies National 750 will keep the ball rolling at Shelbourne for the next three Saturdays. The competitions being advertised, with starting dates, are: October 20th: 24 dog €800 A4 525; 12 dog €500 A3 525; October 21st: 6 dog €400 D3 750; 24 dog €1,200 A2 525 (No Bg); 18 dog €1,000 A3 Dual Distance (550/575); 12 dog €500 N2 Unraced; October 23rd: 12 dog €1,000 Open 525; 12 dog €1,000 Open Puppy (Dec. ‘08) 525; 24 dog €1,500 A1 525 (Bg); November 3rd: 12 dog €600 Open Unraced 525. Entries for all stakes at Shelbourne close on Mondays at 11am

THURLES: The 36 runner €2,000 to the winner Ja Mann @ Stud Breeders Cup A2 Bitch Stake has been deferred due to a lack of entries and the first round will now be run on Saturday week. Also commencing that night is the 12 dog €550 Barry & Stuart Insurance D1 840 while the same company’s €500 A3 525 will commence on Friday 29th. Both events will be open to backgraders. Also on Friday, Nov 6 is the 12 dog €550 Open Marathon 1,035.

TRALEE: The Kerry Group County Championship final is the feature of tomorrow’s high-class meeting which comprises of ten finals, all sponsored by Kerry Group. In addition the latest star Kerry tracker Melodys Royal, winner of the Puppy Derby at HX, will be paraded and presentations will be made to owners Paddy Collins and Patsy Byrne and trainer Pa Fitzgerald. Commencing next Tuesday is the Track Supporters Club A2 570 and then next Friday the Headleys Bridge @ Stud mini open (28.70).

WATERFORD: The Red Mills Waterford Masters will run between the first round on Saturday, October 30 and the final on Saturday, November 13. For 18 dogs at €100 entry each, the Masters will have a total prize fund of €22,500 of which the winner will receive €12,500.

YOUGHAL: The Red Mills Southern Sprint, which starts tomorrow, has attracted most of the top sprinters in training and tomorrow’s card is completed by four heats of the Kevin Cummins sponsored Friends of Youghal A2 Stake.

The 12 dog €600 Supporters A5 Stake will commence on Monday. Then on Friday there will be a €250 Open 700 as well as the heats of the 12 dog €1,200 Rising Fire Open Unraced Stake in which all participants will earn a free service to Rising Fire. Commencing on Monday week will be the 24 dog €1,000 Forever Triers A7/8 Stake (No Bg).

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