It’ll be a busy weekend, full of top quality racing, ahead for the kennels as we look to progress in two of the calendars biggest competitions.
First up, on Friday evening, we are doubly represented at Tralee in the GMHD Insurances Juvenile Semi Finals where Sidarian Vega and Hovex Prince line up. Both are in fine fettle and head to traps with chances of qualifying for next week’s big final. Vega has been in great form, winning both his races to date with shows of great early speed. Prince, arguably, does his best running from half way but with a more suitable trap draw, we’re hopeful he will have less traffic problems to overcome this week and can be in contention earlier.
Onto Saturday where we will be at Shelbourne Park with 7 runners. The highlight of the card is, without doubt, the opening round of the Dandelion Bar & Nightclub Easter Cup which is full of the best dogs in Ireland. We have 5 kennel entries in the competition, all with high hopes of progression to next week’s second round. Coran Sky is in blistering form at the moment but has the Derby winner, Laughill Blake, amongst others to contend with in the opening heat. Hawaii Kinsale lines up in Heat 4 before Millbank Stevie looks to get a clear run and show his true form in Heat 5. Gaytime Hawk goes in Heat 6, looking to follow up last week’s impressive victory, another very tough race but if breaking like last week should go close to qualify. Finally, in Heat 7, Sidarian Blaze makes his return to competitive action since last November’s Night of Stars. A nice draw on the rails and with a clear passage he can show his best running and go close.
In graded action on the card, Riverside Blacky goes in the opening race, a 575 contest, before Rural Maui aims to follow up on her fine form in the A1 525 contest.
Also on Saturday we’ll be at Limerick where we have 3 runners. All in graded action on paper, but all going there for experience and possible entry into the upcoming Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake. Cabra Mufasa lines up in an A2, with a tricky trap 6 draw to contend with. Riverside Gold, will be looking to start a bit sharper than last week in a top grade A1 contest before Warrior Gwen looks to get back to winning ways in an A2 550 race.