Rising Star stands out in Sprint

YOUGHAL stages a superb all-final card tonight, featuring the Ted Fitzgerald & TS Southern Sprint and the Diarmuid Coffey Open Unraced deciders.

The exciting Rising Star stands out in the Southern Sprint showdown.

Owen McKenna’s Clonmel track record holder has been the star of the show to date, scoring by an aggregate of 15 and a half lengths in 17.51 and 17.49.

Rising Fire holds a definite advantage on the clock and, while a five draw is hardly ideal, he has to get the vote.

Lone wide seed Chipp Lad, a clear-cut 17.77 semi-final winner, rates the pick of the opposition.

McKenna turns out Express Smasher in the Diarmuid Coffey decider. She created a very favourable impression when carding 29.00 in the opening round but failed to land the odds in last week’s semis, finishing third behind Maneen Haka in 29.27.

Express Smasher encountered traffic problems in attempting to cut in early doors last week and another trap four draw doesn’t augur well for her chances.

It can pay to side with the in-form and well drawn Cherokee Play. Trained by Ann Wade, Cherokee Playoff was quickly at the head of affairs when carding 29.16 last week and has sound claims from another inside slot.

Mankee Haka, impressive in the semis and likely to be even more effective from an inside draw, is another to consider in what should be a cracking contest.

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