Pick 7 set to surge to unprecedented levels

THE Pick 7 Jackpot has the country going wild!

It’s incredible what big betting pools can do to people who normally wouldn’t even consider placing a bet.

However, with all European greyhound Tote records already smashed, the Pick 7 Jackpot at Shelbourne tonight will surge to unprecedented levels. Such is the interest generated that Limerick Track has opted to bring forward their traditional Thursday meeting by 24 hours in order to allow patrons to get fully involved in the Pick 7 mania.

Similarly, Curraheen Park, Galway, Tralee and Dundalk will be opening their gates for an admission free evening of top sports viewing. Patrons can watch all the action from Shelbourne and bet through the night into the Dublin pool via Inter Track, while patrons can also enjoy the action from the Champions League on the screens. Don’t worry — the bars will be open also!

So, just how big will the Pick 7 pool be? Last Saturday the investment on the night was e118,000 and this saw the pool climb to an unprecedented e255,870. If there is a similar investment tonight that would mean a pool of around e375,000.

I will be surprised if the pool doesn’t reach at least e425,000 and leading track layer and Pick 7 player Teddy Hegarty even suggests that the e500,000 threshold will be achieved. Now, wouldn’t that be something?

For the uninitiated, the Pick 7 requires the nomination of seven winners from Race 4 through to Race 10. The unit stake is one Euro and there are various ways you can place your bets. For those at Shelbourne it is simply a case of filling in the Pick 7 coupon and placing your bet at any Tote station. For those at other Irish tracks, it is actually similar as you can bet through the Tote stations by using the Pick 7 coupons.

But if you are at home and wish to play, you simply click on to the Irish Greyhound Board website, www.igb.ie and access the betting platform by clicking “Bet On The Tote”. It is a simple process and then you can enjoy the live streaming of all the races from the comfort of your home.

Which brings us around to what is likely to win the various Pick 7 races. If I had to nominate a banker in advance of learning of any non-runners on the night, it would be the Lester Power trained Battleship Grey in the second leg. Power also has prospects in the third leg with Mellors but Fox River might just have his measure.

Flying starter Highview Joe will make a bold bid for glory in the fourth leg but Nathan Moloney’s Wenceslas looks a decent prospect and might be the one. Willie Hanlon’s Fennis Ted will take the beating in the fifth leg and the sixth could rest between Declan Byrne’s Raw Diego and Matt Connell’s Selecta Duke. The final leg is a novice 750 and here Roseville Jackie would take some beating if he has inherited any of the staying ability of his legendary dam Making Merry.

The record breaking continued in the second round of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at the weekend when Eoghan Kiely’s Shaneboy Lee scorched around in 28.24 to take nine spots off the record set in the first round by Emma Browne’s St Louis Spirit. .

Now the two record breakers are set to clash in a quite intriguing opening third round heat at Clonmel next Sunday evening. However, it won’t be just a two dog affair as the likes of Boldthadyquill, Riverside King, Carrowkeal Sam and Slick Cool will also be in there.

Ardera Power was another very impressive second round winner on Sunday and this son of Royal Impact is now running in the ownership of David Usher. He was just five spots outside the new record when clocking 28.29 but a trap six draw is no bonus next weekend.

The draw for the third round of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Clonmel on Sunday is:

Heat 1: 1 Shaneboy Lee; 2 Boldthadyquill; 3 Riverside King; 4 Carrowkeal Sam; 5 St Louis Spirit (w); 6 Slick Cool (w).

Heat 2: 1 Corporate Attack; 2 Tacos Back; 3 Shaneboy Warne; 4 Lystoll Oak; 5 Lisloose Liam; 6 Hovex Boy (w).

Heat 3: 1 Mumhan Aris; 2 Woodhill Iota; 3 Ballymac Mitsy; 4 Duke Special; 5 Lyreen Mover; 6 Ardera Power.

Heat 4: 1 Killahan Piper; 2 Zoomtricity; 3 Skip Over; 4 Baby Daddy Cool; 5 Knocknalyre Jim; 6 Cowboys Creek.


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