Star-studded line-up set to do battle in the Easter Cup

Except for a few high profile absentees most of the big names will be chasing the €25,000 prize when the classic commences at Shelbourne on Saturday.

The established big names in the draw would be Razldazl George, Tyrur Big Mike, Piercestown Sand, Pablo Supreme, Uncle Eoin, Broadstrand Lad, Slippery Patch, Razldazl Will, Rockchase Bullet, Rockview Head and Kingo.

The final of the Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan Insurance Juvenile Classic promises to be a real championship at Tralee tomorrow. There is a high class line-up but the big three appear to be Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Vic, Graham Holland’s Catching Dreams and Owen McKenna’s Airforce Diva.

All three have shown huge ability with Ballymac Vic and Catching Dreams the early pacers and Airforce Diva the big finisher. However, early pacer Ballymac can provide Dowling with a hugely popular local success. If he can repeat his flying 3.00s and 3.02s splits of the past two weeks he should be in command down the far side.

The Tralee card also includes the Consolation Final where Droopys Cain will be expected to show the way to Beaming Mark and Wells Honour. The semis of the Betfair Open 570 Trial Stake will be run on Saturday.

Coming up at Tralee is the traditional Lee Strand A3 550 for 96 dogs and a winner’s prize of €10,000. It will start on Tuesday, April 17 with the final on Saturday, May 19.

Recently crowned Sprinter of the Year Shoemakers Lad will bid to plant his first claim to the 2012 title when he contests what promises to be a terrific Kudos Supersprint final at Curraheen Park on Saturday. It really is the dream final with Shoemakers opposed by the hugely exciting young sprinter Cambushmore and they both occupy the middle traps.

The other four finalists are also top class two-benders to ensure that the top prize of €3,500 will be hard earned. Cashen Malouda and Shaneboy Spencer could also go well s but the vote goes to the Pat Guilfoyle trained Shoemakers Lad.

There will be no break in the tempo at Curraheen as the eagerly awaited McCarthy Insurance Group Oaks will commence on Saturday week and this 36 bitch event will boast a winner’s prize of €6,500. The Getting Out race the same night will be a €350 A1 (Bg) 550.

Ballinhassig GAA stage their fundraiser on Thursday, April 5 and entries are invited for Open 525, A1 525, A2 575, A4 575 and A3 550 (Backgraders in all).

The first round of the 24 dog €1,100 Greyhound & Petworld A2 (Bg) 525 will commence on Friday, April 30.

Greyhound & Petworld from Abbeyfeale have taken over the Shop at Curraheen Park and to mark the re-opening there will be five 12 dog sweepstakes commencing on April 6 and 7. These will be €650 A3 (Bg) 575, €650 A3 (No Bg) 525, €600 A4 (Bg) 525, €500 A5 ((No Bg) 525 and €500 A4 (Bg) 550.

Youghal will resume their full schedule next week. It is a busy time at the East Cork venue with the Champion Stakes A1/2 525 commencing tomorrow night. Meanwhile the Supporters’ Club Lotto Jackpot continues to climb and the jackpot this week is €8,950.

The Gain Feeds Cesarewitch semi-finals will be run at Mullingar on Saturday and Portlaoise owner Helen Whelan has a terrific chance of landing the 600 yard classic with her two representatives Dynamic Trend and Smart Fantasy.

Dynamic Trend has been particularly impressive and can again lead home Brendan O’Shea’s Crossfield Star in the first semi while Smart Fantasy should qualify from the second heat where Subway Ruth and Barefoot Machine can be the main dangers.

The Red Mills Produce Stakes will kick-off at Clonmel on Thursday, April 5 and early signs are that there will be a high class entry. Confined to 2010 whelps, it is for 96 dogs and will have a winner’s prize of €20,000.

Tonight’s meeting includes the semi-finals of the Farranrory Kennels A4/5 Stake and then on Sunday the main races will be the semis of the Adios Alonso A2/3 Stake. Commencing on April 12 will be the 48 dog €2,000 Droopys Stud & TSC N1/2 Unraced Stake while starting on Thursday, April 19 will be the 24 dog €700 Country Pork Coursing S2 Sprint.

The last of the European rugby games will be staged at Galway on Saturday (against Munster) and as a result there will be no racing that night at the track. Schooling trials will be held on Saturday morning between 8 and 10am but there will be just one race meeting this week, tomorrow night. There will be racing on the next two Thursdays to make up for the loss of meetings due to the rugby fixtures.

Greyhound racing was introduced to a new audience last weekend when Waterford Track had a very strong presence in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Mr Fantastic led the parade track team which consisted of 13 dogs and 20 walkers, led by RM Kathleen Lennon.

Tomorrow’s meeting at Kilcohan will include the heats of the Paddy Sharkey D3 730 and A5 525 as well as the Avalon Kennels A4. Saturday’s meeting will be a fundraiser in aid of St Paul’s Parish Centre Building Fund.

Gael Cholaiste Luimnigh stage a fundraiser at Limerick tomorrow while Saturday’s card at the venue includes the Donie & Phily Cusack Memorial A2 550 and Kudos Creative A1 575 finals. Limerick will again race on Monday and the card will include the first round heats of the Kudos Catering A1 Tri Distance over 550, 575 and 600 yards. Next events coming up are the 24 dog €1,000 Flaming King A5 (No Bg) 525 (at least two races at Limerick) and the 12 dog €500 Betfair Open 600 Trial Stake on Friday week and the 24 dog €1,200 Kudos Creative Catering A2 Bitch (Bg) 525 on Monday, April 2nd.

College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup at Shelbourne on Saturday:

Heat 1: 1 Razldazl George; 2 Cooly Colebe; 3 Barefoot Missile; 4 Shelbourne Nat; 5 Loughteen Blanco; 6 Tyrur Willie Joe (w).

Heat 2: 1 Fluff The Lines; 2 Slick Seattle; 3 Express Dawn; 4 Coolard Chief; 5 Tyrur Big Mike (m); 6 Barefoot Hero (m).

Heat 3: 1 Paradise Martini; 2 Fastaway King; 3 Piercestown Sand; 4 Pablo Supreme (m); 5 Uncle Eoin (m); 6 Royal Patrol (w).

Heat 4: 1 Razldazl Dmagio; 2 Broadstrand Lad; 3 St Louis Charlie; 4 Airforce Frankie; 5 Head For Fame (m); 6 Subway Gerry (w.

Heat 5: 1 Gilford Driver; 2 Coolykereen imp; 3 Droopys Cher; 4 Slippery Patch; 5 Razldazl Will (w); 6 Airlie Impact (w).

Heat 6: 1 Rockview Head; 2 Rockchase Bullet; 3 Kingo; 4 Swift Marathon; 5 Dear Pa; 6 Martinstown Snow (w).

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