Greyhound racing: Kite to fly highest for Curraheen punters

The lightly raced Downdaniel Kite can put punters on the front foot in tonight’s battle with the bookmakers at Curraheen Park.

Greyhound racing: Kite to fly highest for Curraheen punters

Noel O'Donoghue's dog comfortably landed the odds in A4 grade on his penultimate start, but found plenty of trouble when taking one step up the ladder last time.

On the latter occasion he missed the break but showed fine early pace to take a narrow lead around the opening bends. He was crowded out as he turned out of the second bend, but ran well to be beaten little more than four lengths in an admittedly modest winning time.

On that and all previous evidence, this level of competition shouldn’t be an issue and, if he can break on terms this time, he should lead around and on to victory.

The danger may come from the well-drawn Looking Ominous.

Bartlemy King has been in great form recently and can make the most of a favourable draw in race 10.

He runs particularly well from trap one and, over 525, would be nap material. But, he’s not short of stamina for 550 yards and can make all for a 16th career success.

The danger may come from Haughtyvanpersie who, with a decent break, will be very hard to keep out of the frame.

Ftaway Jayfkay can make the most of a drop in grade for the first heat of the Geoffs Bar & Magner Homes Ltd A3 525.

The Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy 525, with a winner’s prize of €6,000, gets underway this evening at Shelbourne Park and the exciting Bearatipp looks nap material in the last of the four heats.

The Owen McKenna-trained youngster was a winner on debut, in November, and impressed on his comeback here last Saturday night, when he posted exceptional splits en route to a 28.32 victory.

He’s entitled to be better for the outing and, if he produces a similarly fast start, it’ll take a huge effort to reel him in.

He’s a real prospect, and it was no surprise to see plenty of money for him in the long-odds market.

Night of Stars 525 winner Lenson Sanchez is the highest profile runner in the event, and his power and pace can carry him to victory in the third heat. The Pat Buckley-trained runner drops back to puppy following his runner-up finish at Towcester, and should prove too strong for his rivals.

The second round of the Red Mills and Track Supporters’ Club Unraced Stake takes place tomorrow night at Clonmel and Razldazl Oisin can build on the immense promise of his debut victory by taking the first heat for trainer Dolores Ruth.

The March pup rode early trouble to win readily last time and, with that experience under his belt, will be hard to beat once more.

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