Classics have been coming easy to Dolores Ruth in recent years and she can strike again this evening when Razldazl Will contests the final of the Centra Harold’s Cross Irish Grand National at HX.
A half-brother to such stalwarts as Razldazls George, Jayfkay, Rioga and Bugatti, Will has taken to hurdling like the proverbial duck to water and is unbeaten in the five hurdle races he has run in Ireland. He was beaten twice from three UK outings while temporarily based there.
Will has been absolutely foot-perfect in the Harold’s Cross competition, winning his heats by nine and 10-and-a-half lengths respectively and his times are far superior to the opposition.
Razldazl Will (9.18) will be a very short-priced favourite this evening, but is expected to lead all the way.
English trainer Tony Taylor has two finalists in Stellars Blue and Westmead Charlot, and the former is definitely the best of them. He is well drawn and looks the one to chase the favourite home. Dave Standbridge’s Hypnotic Reason is sure to be prominent and is well housed, while both Gallarus Rumble and Burgess Special will be staying strongly.
Fahy Legend (10.0) did us a favour last week when winning very easily from the inside box and he will again wear the red jacket in the A1 11th race.
If he can make a smart start again he is well capable of claiming another victory for Tommy Bolton. There will be three finals at Kilkenny, the highlight being the Mary Ramsbottom Memorial A2 and here Helen’s Magic looks best drawn.
There should be a great turn-out at Longford this evening for a top-class card which features the final of the Paddy Glennon Memorial A4. While Eddie Dunne’s Lost In Newyork will run a big race, the one to beat looks to be Michael McNeice’s puppy Dooey Rumble, which clocked 28.76 in last week’s semi-final.
There will be a number of the Limerick hurling stars at the local stadium this evening for the Club Limerick GAA Christmas party, while down at Curraheen Midleton College will stage their fundraiser with a few finals to be decided.
The Tralee card will include a number of semi-finals of stakes being run in conjunction with the Kingdom Supporters Gala to be staged tomorrow week.
OPAL A GEM
Black Magic Opal won the world’s richest greyhound race, the $350,000Melbourne Cup final at Sandown outside Melbourne yesterday. The son of Black Sprite was gaining his seventh win on the trot when leading all the way for a two-and-a-quarter-length margin over Dyna Beth in 29.36 for the 515m distance.