We go into another very busy weekend with the kennels still on a high following the brilliant performances of our runners in the GMHD Juvenile Classic at Tralee last week, as well as some good solid shows at Shelbourne in the second round heats of the Easter Cup.
Starting at Shelbourne, we have 9 runners on the card this evening. On the undercard, Riverside Blacky, an impressive winner last week, looks to have a big chance to follow up that success when over the 575 trip this evening. Calzaghe Clampet is also on a great run of form, and although up in grade this evening will give a good account of himself given the opportunity to do so. Hooverville ran well in defeat at Tralee last week and will continue to improve for the runs when lining up in the Open 525 before Riverside Pat goes in the Open 550. Pat ran a huge race in defeat after a career threatening injury had sidelined him for over 6 months and is another that will come forward for runs. The final race of the night sees Hawaii Kinsale in the Open 575. He’ll probably have to do it the hard way coming from behind but he’s more than capable on his day.
Onto the main events of the evening and it sees Sidarian Blaze and Millbank Stevie line up alongside each other in the opening Semi Final of the Easter Cup. No room for error in a race of such high quality but both go there looking to finish in the top 3 to progress to next week’s Final. Both have good trap draws so we’ll be hoping for the best possible starts and trouble free runs. In the second Semi Final, Coran Sky goes from an unfamiliar Trap 1 whilst Gaytime Hawk lines up in Trap 3. Another race of the highest quality, tonight is all about qualifying but both are more than capable of taking victory on the night.
Over at Limerick we have another van full with no fewer than 7 runners. Riverside Siesta goes in a strong A1 contest. The Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake Second Round starts for us with Rural Hawii in Heat 1. Impressive winner last time out, with a safe clear run he should be pushing hard for the qualifying spots. Heat 2 sees a Ballydoyle Honey and Riverside Gold in arguably the hottest heat of the round. Once again, it’s all about qualifying tonight but neither would be a surprise if they lead a top class field home. The 3rd Heat sees another kennel double when Cabra Mufasa and Warrior Gwen line up alongside each other. In with the fastest qualifier from the opening round both will be looking to improve from last week’s runs. Finally, Rackethall Royal will look to secure a clear passage round to show what he is capable of and hopefully progress into the hat for the next round.
To round off a busy night’s racing, at Cork, we have 4 runners in the Pat Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks. Rockburst Mills has a less than ideal Trap 4 draw to overcome but likes it round here and will figure in the placings given the opportunity. Leeview Lady will be looking to rediscover her early year form which saw her storm round Clonmel in 28.41 when she lines up in Heat 4. Rural Maui goes in Heat 5 in another top contest, full or more than capable ladies before Lithuanian Pippy goes in Heat 6. The sole wide seed with 5 inside runners she looks perfectly housed to give a good showing.
In some news away from the track, Broadacres Turbo has now retired from active stud duties. From limited matings he threw some top quality offspring, including the likes Of Jaytee Osprey (English Oaks Finalist) and Supreme Turbo (Prestige Runner Up). On the stud dog front, as announced previously, Leeview Jet has moved to warmer climates but we do have a limited quantity of frozen semen available. Our coursing bitch, Ballinakill Mary has recently been mated to Adios Alonso so we will hopefully have some more coursing dogs to look forward to in the future.