The Irish Greyhound Festival Of Racing begins this evening with the Sporting Press Micro Dog ID Oaks, continues tomorrow with the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby and culminates on Saturday evening with the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby Final, where we are delighted to be represented by two runners.
We kick off the festival with 4 runners in the Oaks. Sidarian Fern, coming off the back of a solid Derby campaign, finds herself in a tough heat with some quality ladies, including last years Oaks and Derby Finalist, Holycross Leah. Ardrahan Zindi then lines up in Heat 7, class all around her but with a trouble free run she should qualify. Heat 8 sees Slippery Thelma look to follow up her recently victory before her litter sister, Slippery Louise takes her place in Heat 9. She has a good draw to work from but can’t afford to be slow into stride against some hot early paced types.
The Juvenile Derby is the feature on Friday evening and we are there with 5 runners flying the flag. We start in the opening heat where Tailwind Tom lines up. Macaroon Cruz will then line up in Heat 3 where he has drawn a tricky trap 6. Hazelhill Star goes in Heat 4 and is looking to follow up last week’s impressive win. Heat 10 will then see Ballydoyle Duke try to overcome another tricky trap draw out in 6. He does his best running from half way so if he can avoid any early bumping he’ll be pushing on late. Our final runner on the evening and in the last heat is Macaroon Towser, still to show his true form we’ll be looking for a clear run for him as the priority here.
On to Saturday and the feature card of the Festival Of Racing which includes the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby Final. We are delighted to have 10 runners on the evening, with 2 of them in the Derby Final itself.
Black Farren produced a power packed performance when on his way to success in the Semi Final last week, following up his Quarter Final success, his strong running style means he is never out of it and if he can stay in touch with the early pace setters he’ll be running his heart out right through to the finish line.
Sonic, last year’s Derby favourite, and many peoples favourite this year, tasted defeat for the first time in the Semi Finals when beaten by the excellent Good News. He has a better draw here in the Final and can track the early leaders round before unleashing his power along the far side and coming home. He gives his all every run and is a determined dog whether he leads or has to do it the hard way from behind.
Elsewhere on the card Totos Park starts off the action for the team in the opening race. Lughill Robbie then lines up in the Open 350, where he’ll need a slick exit in against the sports top sprinters, before Garryvoe Bobby makes his appearance int he Open 550. Droopys Cabaye takes his place in another Open 550, hot on the top form he showed throughout his Derby campaign. Drive On Tipp will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Open 575. The Open 525 will see Riverside Chip look to follow up his all the way success last week, another fast break will be needed in this top contest. Hovex Mick, another who had a good Derby campaign, making the Quarter Finals, tried his hand over the longer distance in the Open 600.
Saturday’s card concludes with the last two heats of the Oaks where we have Black Truffle lining up in Heat 13. She’ll be running on strong and with a trouble free run should be qualifying.
Good luck to all our runners over the coming days and we hope all our owners and supporters enjoy this fantastic festival of racing.