Fahy to double up in Hegarty 600

IT has been a mixed week for PJ Fahy and his son Conor but they can reap the benefit of their Wimbledon controversy in tonight’s opening round of the Hegarty Bookmakers Open 600 at Shelbourne Park.

All five of the dogs that made the futile trip to Wimbledon will be in action, with four of them contesting the 600 feature. The odd one out is Tyrur Gasco which will run in a red hot open 550 which will also include the likes of Deerfield Music and Cornamaddy Swift.

However, the four-strong Tyrur team in the Hegarty can reap at least a double with O Gorman and Domingo likely looking sorts in the first and last heats respectively.

The two dogs are capable of going all the way in this competition. O Gorman is expected to sprint clear early and contain the late challenge of De Ex Factor.

Domingo is an inside specialist but he is surrounded by normally slow starters in the final heat. He should soon clear his rivals and his strong running should carry him clear for a comfortable victory over Whatsupjack and St Mullins Pride.

The fifth heat looks a real cracker with cases to be made for five of the runners. Helmet Boy was most impressive last week while St Louis Spirit must always be respected but the vote goes to John McGee's ex UK racer Droopys Joe over a trip that should be ideal for his strong running style.

The previous contest should be another hectic affair and a hesitant vote goes to Dolores Ruth's Cesarewitch runner-up Kingo to lead home Tralee dog General Dogsbody and big finishing Skywalker Cindy.

Paul Hennessy has a good record in this competition with five winners to date and he has a strong team again. Easter Cup finalist Hello Ringo can show his appreciation for a step up in distance by winning Heat 7 while Master Blaster has a fine chance in Heat 3. However, the latter will have his work cut out with the likes of Fatboyz Tyson, Tyrur Carey, Dirty Old Town and Razldazlbroadway among his rivals.

The other heat could go to the perfectly housed Joey Jojo Junior with Pat Guilfoyle's charge expected to lead all the way.

The semi-finals of the Red Mills Produce Stakes will bring a large attendance to Clonmel tomorrow evening and they should be rewarded with two epic battles. The three to reach the final from the first heat could be Bit View Micko, Broadstrand Dan and Short Grass while the top three from a very hot second qualifier could be the unbeaten pair of Spearhawk and Colourful Bolt as well as Piercestown Sand.

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