Skies best bet in McGuigan Open

With only four heats, the entry for tonight's first round of the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 is a touch disappointing but the richly talented Tibetan Skies can get his challenge off to a winning start by taking the second heat.

Owen McKenna’s dog had a terrible draw in last weekend’s final of the Track Bookmakers’ Getting Out 575 and he duly encountered a troubled passage.

With a clear run, he is capable of running close to the track record, and he is taken to get the better of the in-form Gizmo Classic, The last-named is unbeaten in two starts over the trip but he’ll need to get clear of Shelbourne Geoff early if he’s to maintain that perfect record.

Slip The Genie has been in super form in recent weeks and she can take the third heat for John McLaughlin. Ideally drawn on the outside, she can lead the way. Razldazl Will hasn’t found his very best form just yet but would rate a danger if able to do so.

The most fascinating clash of the night comes in the Keelings Catering Open, where the exciting Kereight King takes on Puppy Derby winner Razldazl Luke over 550 yards.

This will be Kereight King’s first start over the trip but there’s no reason he won’t be suited to it. As was the case last week, he will be making his way across to the rails, but he has fine early pace and can lead all the way.

Derby semi-finalist Killbarry Rover hasn’t enjoyed much luck in running recently but cannot be dismissed.

The second session of the first round of the valuable Red Mills Open Unraced Stake takes place tomorrow night at Clonmel.

Fraser Black recorded a double in Thursday night's first session with Plus Five and Droopys Margo and the trainer has strong claims of a similar return tomorrow.

His Ashford Castle, who contests the night’s first heat, has broken 29 seconds in all three official trials to date (at Shelbourne) and is conceivably well drawn along the rails - if he has inherited some of the same tendencies as his half-brother, Larry Dunne Open 525 runner-up Droopys Cain.

Much later on the card, Black’s Senior Cup, who beat Ashford Castle by a head in a trial at Shelbourne, has strong claims in heat 11. The youngster recorded 28.68 in beating his kennel-mate, and is given the nod ahead of the beautifully bred Skywalker Mandy, who is a daughter of Irish Oaks and Puppy Oaks winner Dalcash Dvinsky.

Shaneboy Marvel hasn’t set the world alight with his qualifying trials but he is a Crash half-brother to Munster Derby and McCalmont Cup winner Shaneboy Spencer and is potentially well drawn in trap two in the second heat.

Rachel Wheeler’s Phoenix Bolt catches the eye in heat nine, while heat 10 looks a potentially hot affair.

Thurlesbeg Road, a half-brother to Shelbourne Geoff, has qualified best of all, but Razldazl Katie also has compelling credentials.

The bitch is a half-sister to Razldazl Dmagio and Razldazl Marilyn, and all three of her raced siblings have won races.

Tom O’Neill’s Glenanore Dancer has qualified smartly and should go well in the final heat, where Ballybrien Ace, a half-brother to dual Barry’s Tea 750 finalist Kerryroad Baba, rates a danger.

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