Superhods Hero may join Tyrur Ted in Florida trip

A week ago we reported that Tyrur Ted was set to challenge for the Derby Lane Million in Florida next February but there is now a possibility that he will be joined on the trip by another Irish trained greyhound, Superhods Hero.

Max Quarterman and Ian Reilly, the owner and trainer respectively of Superhods Hero, have been offered a nomination to contest the 550 yards competition at Derby Lane which carries a winner's prize of $500,000.

Reilly reports that no firm decision has yet been taken on the dog's participation in the race. He has yet to learn the full details of what the trip would entail but Superhods would look an ideal type of greyhound for the American contest.

On the home front this week the big race is the final of the Enfer Munster Puppy Cup at Clonmel on Sunday evening. There is a top class programme lined up with four other finals as well as a number of open races. It all gets underway at 7.30 p.m.

The elimination of the fancied Oran Premier at the semi-final stage was a major surprise last week and in his absence the vote is given to Campaign Trail to land the prize of €10,300.

The other big race of the week is the final of the JP Moran Newbridge Oaks at Newbridge, also on Sunday. Indeed it completes a hectic weekend at the Kildare venue as Friday's card includes the semi-finals of the Newbridge Open Sprint while there is a benefit meeting on Saturday in aid of Suncroft GFC.

Trainers Paul Hennessy and Francie Murray are doubly represented in the Oaks final and both have leading prospects. But the recent Munster Oaks winner Golf Crazy could well snatch the spoils from her inside draw for owner Michael Moriarty and trainer Denis Shanahan.

It looks a wide open contest with Tyrur Lisa fastest in the semi-finals but Girl With Guitar will have big support while Ian Reilly's Droopys Stacey has huge pace but a daunting six draw. The first bend will probably decide the destiny of the e7,500 prize and the red jacket may be the decisive factor for Golf Crazy.

Plans for the festive season have been drawn up and the news from Curraheen is that there will be a four night per week schedule during December.

Racing will take place each night Wednesday to Saturday while in Christmas week the racing will run from Tuesday to Friday. There will be no racing at any Irish tracks on New Year's Eve.

There will be plenty of top class racing on offer at Curraheen and a couple of open stakes will be run between now and the festivities. The series of sponsored gala meetings is set to continue on Thursdays, tonight's being in aid of Highfield Rugby Club.

Then next week the meeting will be in aid of the Tadgh Kingston Trust Fund and entries will close on Saturday for five races: €1,000 Open 550; A1 550; A2 575; A3 575 and A4 525. There will be a meeting in aid of Clonakilty GAA on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Entries close on Friday for the 12 dog €900 Texas Frozen Foods A6 525 while next week's Getting Out races will be an A1 525.

But back to the upcoming open competitions and the first of these is the Irish Examiner Open 750 which closes to entries on Tuesday next. It is for 24 dogs and will have a winner's prize of €4,500.

The other event in the calendar is the Tinys Bud Open 550 which will have a winner's prize of e7,500. This will be a 24 dog event and entries close on Tuesday, November 29th.

Down at Youghal the final of the Blackwater Homes Open Bitch Stake will be run tomorrow, along with the heats of the Bob Daly Memorial. Entries close next Tuesday for the Waterford Paint Sales D2 700 for greyhounds who have not won a race beyond 620 yards.

It is for 12 dogs and carries a winner's prize of €1,000. Entries are also sought for the Getting Out A2 525 as well as for two 12 dog stakes, Novice A3 700 and Novice A5 700.

Saturday's card at Limerick includes the finals of the Marsh Insurance A3 and the November Unraced Stake while tomorrow's card at Tralee includes the final of the Tote Retention Stake.

The valuable Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake got underway at Shelbourne last night and the remaining eight heats will be run on Saturday, along with the semi-finals of the Tote Open 525.

There are some classy entries in the Puppy Stake which has become the most influential puppy competition of the year in recent times.

No doubt this year's running will throw up a number of potential stars and there will be tremendous racing over the next few weeks.

Stow Alert will be an absentee from the first semi-final of the Tote Open 525 and Roman Legend comes in as a reserve.

This race looks likely to develop into a battle between Ian Reilly's Different State and Georgina Goodall's Killough Billy while the second semi is safely left to Owen McKenna's Yeah Man after his stunning performance in the second round.

This fellow deserves a change of luck and perhaps this €10,000 prize will be just the starter for what could be a huge season in 2006.

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