TOMMY TO ASSERT IN O’CONNOR JULIAN VETS TRI-DISTANCE

Peter Farrell

The final of the O’Connor Julian Vets Cashel Tri-Distance will serve as the main attraction at Limerick Greyhound Stadium later tonight and with a handsome €2,000 up for grabs to the eventual winner, it is sure to provide some thrilling action as the finalist’s step-up to the 600-yard trip.

A fantastic renewal to this event, the opening round was run over the 550-yard trip before the step-up to 575-yards last Saturday night. Both Tyrap Ferage and Tommy Too Many remain unbeaten heading into tonight’s decider and the extra yardage isn’t expected to trouble the duo as they bid to complete a hat-trick of wins on the night that matters.

In terms of the clocks from last weekend, Tommy Too Many is the one to beat and he is the class animal in the field given his prior exploits, most notably in this year’s Con & Annie Kirby Memorial. Owned by the Moydrum-Massive-Syndicate, it has been a stroke of brilliance in placing this greyhound into the stake and after scoring for the first time since April in the opening round, confidence has clearly grown based on a terrific semi final performance. The son of Dorotas Woo Hoo possesses a lovely turn of early speed and drawn from his favoured striped jacket out wide, the long run to the corner should play right into the paws of Tommy Too Many and he is expected to hold a healthy lead rounding the opener. Of his main rivals, Tyrap Ferage is the obvious threat. David Carroll’s charge is a stalwart of Limerick and he recorded his twelfth career victory last time out when galloping to a very impressive three and a half length win over Gortkelly Mona. Drawn in trap two tonight, Tyrap Ferage is expected to gain a clear passage on the inside and should this be the case, he holds strong claims of maintaining his unbeaten record in the stake. Aside from the ‘big two’ in the race, Gortkelly Mona looks the most likely to upset the apple cart. Andrew Murray’s bitch was a noted fast finisher over the 575-yard trip last time out and there is no doubt that she will appreciate the extra yardage more than anything else in the lineup. Not expected to figure early, Gortkelly Mona will look to gain a nice pitch early on before delivering another powerful finish in behind. Of the remaining finalists, Sugan Snowey, Ballymartin Rory and Foxys Bobby have all no forlorn chance of making the frame, however, it would prove an upset should any of the aforementioned trio cross over in front.

A special thanks must go to Michael O’Connor of the Veterinary Clinic in Cashel for his continued support of this stake.

RAVEN TO SWOOP

On the undercard, there is no shortage of top-class racing and the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Trial Stake heads the bill in race six.

It certainly is a very nice field all bidding to book their free ticket into this year’s feature Classic but all eyes will be on Tullig Raven in trap two. The Pat Buckley-trained tracker equalled the track record over the standard trip at Tralee in his debut start and he was given a baptism of fire in just his second race when competing in the Champion Stakes at HQ. A really exciting tracker, the son of Droopys Sydney is very well housed and he should take plenty of beating given what he has shown so far. Of his rivals, Meduza returned from a seven month exodus last time out to win at a canter and will no doubt strip fitter for the outing, while Gortkelly Nestor always warrants respect in trap six.