Buckley: More to come from Slick Seattle in Laurels

HAVING gone almost overboard with my reaction to his early puppy runs at Shelbourne, I was pleased to see the Pat Buckley trained Slick Seattle finally live up to the rating with a superb 28.16 run in Monday’s unscheduled third session of the Pat Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park.

It was a serious performance in coming from behind that very strong stayer Deerfield Music to post the fastest time of the round.

“He was unlucky in the Derby and picked up a small fracture, so it was a rush to get him ready for the Laurels and there should be more to come from him,” said Buckley.

Others to impress included Derby favourite Rockchase Bullet as he recovered magnificently from a slow start. Then there was the sizzling early paced Moes Tavern and Razldazl Rioga, track specialist Sede Vacante, strong finishing Knockane Rebel and bang in-form Dream Walker.

The other classic currently in progress is the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby at Harolds Cross and the semi-finals will be run tomorrow night. The big name to emerge in this event has been the Phil Gough trained Sparta Maestro and he looks a dog of extraordinary ability. His 28.44 run in far from ideal circumstances last Friday was quite amazing.

He faces a tough task in the first heat against Seamus Graham’s very progressive Swift Marathon, while Crossfield Star and Shaneboy Spencer are other serious rivals. But a five draw looks ideal for the Maestro.

John Kiely’s Callums Flash was a surprise star turn last week and he certainly won’t start at 6-1 tomorrow in the second semi. Problem is, he is drawn a little too far out in five and has Denis Barry’s early paced Movealong Dash on his inner. The latter is expected to cut out the running but Callums will be a serious rival in what should be a cracking contest.

The final of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 and four other finals guarantee another super Saturday at Shelbourne while the card will also include the heats of the Open Bitch 550. Unfortunately this event only attracted 12 entries but, then, it does clash with the Munster Oaks at Waterford. However the small entry is full of class with Mozzletoff, Toberadora Holly, Lemon Belle and Martinstown Rose perhaps the top four.

After overcoming that horrible trap six draw last week, Larry Dunne’s Slippery Bob must be fancied to win the Mulvaney 600 final. His early pace should carry him clear by the bend and he has shown he stays the trip. Airforce Roger, Ardkill Star and Droopys Harvey will be finishing strongly but Slippery should be away and gone.

The Droopys Stud Munster Oaks has a very open look to it as we approach Saturday’s semi-finals. The bad news is that Tyrur Monica has been withdrawn and her place in the second heat is likely to be taken by Carrigoon Tears. This heat could go to David Jordan’s Archaton Linda but she is drawn a bit far out in five and James Roche’s Gogetemclaire could be an alternative.

The opening heat looks the hottest of the pair and Pat Buckley’s Beaming Olive is nominated to make the most of an inside draw after surviving an outside slot last week. Lady Lucielle and Fatboyz Dizzy may prove best of the remainder.

Meanwhile, the Newbridge Oaks will be run next month under the new sponsorship of Daragh Fitzpatrick and with a winner’s prize of €8,000. For 48 bitches it will have a prize fund of €15,500. The first round will be run on Friday, October 21.

The semi-finals of the Razldazl Open Unraced at Shelbourne this evening include a host of flying puppies and we eagerly anticipate the meeting of Razldazl Will, Classico Supreme, Farloe Noah and Paradise Martini in the first heat. The second heat consists of the highly promising Razldazl Dmagio, Annual Cha, Coolavanny Shine and Jumeirah Dubai.

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