Difficult to oppose in-form Kingo

KINGO will start a red-hot favourite for the Hegarty Bookmakers 600 at Shelbourne park this evening.

Representing the in-form kennel of Dolores Ruth, the brilliant tracker has been in imperious form and looks fully deserving of his lofty position in the betting.

But odds of 4-7 probably don’t reflect the extent of the task he faces, however. Yes Kingo is the form choice coming into the €20,000 contest, but he must face some hugely talented trackers including Droopys Joe, Fatboyz Tyson and Pool Hawk.

Just seven days ago Droopys Joe ran an exceptional race to push Kingo hard in their semi final. On that occasion Droopys Joe did everything right, but was still found wanting and that may be the case again this evening.

Fatboyz Tyson is a different proposition however.

The former National Puppy Stake winner is a proven performer blessed with superb early speed and an abundance of stamina.

Despite quotes of 6-1 and bigger, he looks a real threat to the favourite especially if he can make one of his better starts.

Pool Hawk actually got the better of Fatboyz Tyson in their semi final, but excuses can be made for the latter. On that occasion Pool Hawk raced from trap five with Fatboyz Tyson in the stripes.

A week on the traps are reversed which should work in favour of Tyson. Pool Hawk is a clearly a hugely fast tracker, but he may struggle to confirm form with his rival.

Master Blaster and St Louis Spirit complete the line up. Master Blaster is a powerful galloper, but he may lack the sharpness to threaten, while St Louis Spirit will be looking to end his illustrious career on a high. If that is to happen, he will need to flash from traps and recapture his very best form.

The truth is Kingo looks the part. He has won seven of his last eight outings and comes into this contest as one of the in-form greyhounds in training. With a slick exit he can assume control in the early yards and if doing so would be almost iompossible to reel in. Fatboyz Tyson is chosen as the big threat.

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