Easter suc­cess beck­ons for Vic

Irish Examiner - Racing - - GREYHOUNDS - By Tommy Lyons

The ab­sence of Droopys Adler is a blow to the fi­nal of the Col­lege Causeway/Kil­la­han Phanter Easter Cup at Shel­bour ne Park, but favourite Ballymac Vic should use the op­por­tu­nity to gain an over­due big-race suc­cess.

Liam Dowling's dog was one of the stars of last year and, at this early stage of 2013, he looks a more ma­ture grey­hound. That was in ev­i­dence in the semi-fi­nals, where he over­came a slow start to not just qual­ify but win his heat.

He's un­likely to get away with such a slug­gish start this time, but he is usu­ally a much faster starter and he pos­sesses ter­rific pace to the turn and down the back. Off a level start, he should be able to shoot clear, and he can gain the vic­tory his tal­ent deserves.

Cabra Buck, drawn one, has also been aided by the ab­sence of Droopys Adler as he tends to move mid­dle on the run-up. He has been fly­ing out of traps in re­cent out­ings and there is a con­cern that he and the favourite could clash in the early stages.

That be­ing the case, North Bound could be the one to ben­e­fit. He was badly baulked when mak­ing his charge at the first bend last week­end but re­cov­ered well to qual­ify.

Ash­field Im­pact re­dis­cov­ered his trap­ping boots last week but trap four is not ideal. He'll need to flash from traps to clear those on his in­ner. Hill­croft Champ looks up against it.

Pun­ters should get the night off to a bright start by sid­ing with For­est Ralph. Pat Nor­ton's dog is dropped to A2, a grade which he should prove well above. He has a 28.15 run to his credit and just two runs ago he was con­test­ing the Easter Cup. This is sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier, and he should take full ad­van­tage.

To­mor­row night’s card at Clon­mel fea­tures the sec­ond ses­sion of the first round of the Red Mills Pro­duce Stakes and Gle­nanore Dancer looks drawn to take heat 10.

Tom O’Neill’s dog was a fi­nal­ist in the Un­raced Stake over course and dis­tance and he was an im­pres­sive win­ner at Lim­er­ick when last seen.

He looks ca­pa­ble of fur­ther progress and can make the most of a favourable draw.

Ju­ve­nile Clas­sic win­ner Far­loe Calvin puts his un­beaten record on the line in the fol­low­ing heat, but he’s quite well drawn out­side mod­est breaker Gu­nite Basil, and looks set to bring his record to a per­fect five.

Owen McKenna’s dog shower ter­rific early pace in Tralee and that should be enough to carry him clear in this com­pany and he should not be caught.

A lit­tle ear­lier in the night, National Puppy Stake win­ner Lea­maneigh Turbo can make a quick re­turn to win­ning ways.

He pro­duced pos­si­bly the best per­for­mance of the Con and An­nie Kirby Me­mo­rial Puppy Stake when win­ning his quar­ter-fi­nal in 28.16.

He ex­ited at the next stage and was dis­ap­point­ing last time, but heat eight pro­vides a win­ning op­por­tu­nity.

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