OUR DOG MOLLY THE CURRAHEEN PARK NAP

Barry Drake

Our Dog Molly can get punters off to the perfect start by landing tonight's opener at Curraheen Park.

Trained by Tom O'Neill for The-Boys-From-Bally-Syndicate, the 10-time winner has plenty of strong form around the Cork track, and the nap selection can make the most of the rare drop into A4 class. She's run a couple of decent races at A3 level in recent weeks and with the inside draw as well, she really should take the world of beating. Capable of a quick start, if she gets it right early, it should be then all one-way traffic upfront. 

A couple of races later, in the fourth of the night, Valleys Angel is the pick for trainer Pat Kiely. That was a fine performance in defeat last time out, showing plenty of speed when second behind Splendid Fellow. A previous 28.70 and 28.72 winner around course and distance, the selection is a very pacey sort, and this rates a good winning opportunity. The sole-seeded runner should enjoy plenty of racing room out wide and she should go very close in this. Of the others, Ballycowen Bell comes here in great form for trainer Kieran Lynch but she will need another foot-perfect display if she's to record another winning performance. 

Ballyhooly Teejay, trained by Tom O'Neill for owners the Ashgrove-Trio-Syndicate, can return to winning ways in the 11th. This is a drop in class for the powerful performer and he should take plenty of stopping in this. He's not the quickest of starters, but if he can turn in a half-decent position, he should be hard to hold in this line-up. Strong from halfway, a huge run is expected in this line-up. Brogan Hillbilly is another with big speed and he should go well from the inside of the track for the O'Donoghue kennels.

Dromdowney Lass is worthy of support in the fifth of the night. In the care of Eugene Cremin, there are a couple of short runners in the line-up and the selection will be keeping on well out wide. A couple of decent efforts in recent weeks, she's the one to beat in this line-up.

Tonight - Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium will host a fundraiser in aid of a very special little girl, Katie O’Keefe.

Katie and her family moved home to Ireland from Australia last year to be closer to family and within months were dealt a blow as Katie was diagnosed with a rare illness with limited treatment options available to them here in Ireland.

Read more about Katie and how you can support the fundraising efforts on https://bit.ly/4btaz7j