Graham Holland to land Kirby Memorial with greyhound Rural Hawaii

Following last week’s brilliant run in the semi-finals of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick, it’s hard to look beyond Rural Hawaii in tonight’s decider for the €80,000-to-the-winner stake.

Graham Holland to land Kirby Memorial with greyhound Rural Hawaii

The Graham Holland-trained youngster has improved with each run through the stake and has an ideal draw on the wide outside.

With so much early speed, there has got to be real prospects of trouble on the inner, and that can only aid the selection’s cause.

In terms of ability, he requires little help, and is a confident choice to prove too strong for his rivals.

The danger may come from Droopys Braedon, who suffered the first defeat of his career at the paws of Rural Hawaii in the semi-finals.

He’s not as well drawn this time, but has the early speed to have a big say.

In the final of the Treaty Cup, Tubs Astral could represent real value to land the spoils for David Fleming.

A little unlucky in defeat last time, he has his ideal draw, and can reverse Curraheen Park Supersprint form with Boozed Tony.

In Mullingar, the quarter-finals of the Gain Feeds Cesarewitch take place, and the likely short ones, Droopys Bomber and Native Hut, will be very hard to beat in their respective heats.

The former looked very good in the opening round, and has a very favourable draw in the opening heat.

He’s a real player in the outright market, and anything other than a victory will be surprising.

Native Hut contests the third heat, and if he shows the benefit of last week’s experience of the track, he’ll surely make amends for that defeat by taking the last of the quarter-finals.

The Larry Mason-trained dog ran a remarkable race to qualify last week, having dropped to the floor on leaving traps, finding trouble at the second bend, and running right off that infamous third turn.

In terms of pure ability, he looks comfortably clear of his rivals and will take a world of beating, provided he avoids a similar slip-up to last week.

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