CAROL KENDELLEN will be a very excited racegoer at Harold’s Cross tonight when she and the fellow members of the Family Rocks Syndicate will see their first greyhound contest his maiden race in a heat of the Unraced 525.
Razldazl Al with Little Family Rocks
Carol was the winner of the Irish Independent/Irish Greyhound Board promotion in which the prize was the ownership of a greyhound for a year with many side benefits. The dog was picked by Carol, husband Pat and children and they opted for a young dog from Dolores Ruth’s kennels.
The dog has been named Razldazl Al and is a son of Makeshift and Dundooan Diva.
He has done fine in trials and is expected to run a big race in the third heat tonight.
“We are getting very excited. We hope to have a group of seven or eight at Harold’s Cross and I am actually getting the chance topresent the dog for weigh-in,” Carol said.
And how is the dog shaping? Ruth said: “He is in great form and I am expecting him to run very well.
“Preparations have gone well, but with dogs having their first race you never know how things will work out, but he is shaping like a nice early paced dog and hopefully he gets his break.”
Razldazl Al (8.24) is nominated to win Heat 3, though Da Vinci Max looks a real threat. Tarbrook Turbo (8.11) and Forest Enya are very interesting runners in Heat 2.
Tonight’s Harold’s Cross card includes the three first-round heats of the Centra Harold’s Cross Irish Grand National with Ruth supplying the likely ante-post favourite in the shape of Razldazl Will (8.50).
However, English challenger Coolavanny Shine has the pace to be a real danger. Dave Standbridge’s Hypnotic Reason (9.45) may confirm Curraheen placings with Gallarus Rumble, while Paul Hennessy’s Liveanddangerous (9.32) looks the likely winner of Heat 3.