There was very little separating the seven heat winners in last week's opening round of the Ballymac Cooper @ Stud A3 525 at Limerick Greyhound Stadium and the second round action continues tonight with four heats down for decision.
Of the first round action, it was local runner Castleivy Blake who went narrowly quickest as he posted 29.04 and the Denis O’Malley-trained charge goes in the first heat tonight where he meets two other opening round victors. The son of Laughil Blake flashed from traps last week as he posted a scintillating 1.19 early sectional and any repeat of that, from a perfect draw in two, will surely see him prevail. Of his main dangers, Another Blonde has strong claims. Seamus Shealy’s fawn showed nice speed off the second turn last week to draw clear and clock 29.06 and she certainly has the potential to go quicker. Others of interest are Toolmaker Beach, who made up some eye-catching ground in defeat last week, while Hazelfield Echo can also get involved after a fast finish last time out.
JET CAN MAKE IT A HAT-TRICK
Ballymac Jet showed his rivals a clean pair of heels last week when displaying brilliant early dash and Liam Dowling’s charge gets the vote to land heat two.
Only a Match 20’ whelp, Ballymac Jet broke well from trap two last time out and after opening a sizable advantage on his rivals, he still managed to hold on despite his petrol gauge flashing in the closing stages. Housed similarly in blue this time around, the son of Droopys Jet must dictate once again but a ping break will see him well on his way to making it three wins on the spin. Of his rivals, So Much Better makes the most appeal. The Pat O’Connell-trained charge showed fine speed from the midway point last time out and she will represent a threat if within a few lengths at the halfway mark.
CUPID NAP MATERIAL
The Donal Murphy-owned Cronody Cupid ran a terrific race last week as he made it three wins from his last three starts and he is expected to extend that unbeaten run in heat three.
After clocking a smart 17.89 in Cork for the two-bend trip, Cronody Cupid missed the kick on his switch to Limerick last week but still managed to overcome this and emerge a very impressive winner. Only a February puppy, the son of Droopys Sydney looks to possess plenty of ability and he could string this field out from a favourable draw in five. Of his rivals, Cherrygrove Snow made virtually every yard last week before being caught late on and should qualify, while Miss Sloane also has claims after a good second last time out.
CLINT CAN BOUNCE BACK
The final heat of the night looks the closest affair on paper with the narrow vote going to the consistent Chestnut Clint.
Paraic Campion’s versatile tracker flew from traps last time out and although surrendering a decent lead, he is sure to come on for his return to Limerick. Indeed, it was Blastoff Sia who reeled in Chestnut Clint last time out and she could again prove his undoing. The daughter of Droopys Sydney sprung a 14/1 shock last week when finishing at speed and a smart break from trap two tonight can see her book a spot in next week’s semi finals.