Ellis dogs competing in Tralee, Limerick

Paul Ellis of Paul's Butchers.  (1104JB03)
Paul Ellis of Paul's Butchers. (1104JB03)

“Farloe Calvin” and “Farloe Buddy,” two top class dogs owned by popular Derry butcher, Paul Ellis, will be competing in two major greyhound puppy competitions this weekend and both look to have major chances of top honours in both competitions.

“The Tracker” reports

“Farloe Calvin” will line-up in the semi-finals of the GMHD Juvenile Unraced Classic at Tralee tonight (Friday) and this June, 2011 pup has been in great form in the early rounds of the competition, recording 28.55 seconds in the first round and recording a better time of 28.39 in in last weeks quarter-final.

“Farloe Calvin,” trained by Owen McKenna for Paul, is in trap one in his semi-final and with the first three to qualify, with normal luck he should make it through to the final to compete for the E15,000 prize.

Meanwhile, tomorrow night (Saturday), Paul’s “Farloe Buddy,” also trained by Owen McKenna, lines up in the second round heats of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stakes at Limerick and what a competition this is. Sponsored by J. P. McManus and his wife, Noreen, in memory of her late parents, the event boasts a winner’s prize of E80,000.

“Farloe Buddy” runs in the second heat from trap one and he is strongly fancied to beat “Holborn Junior,” in trap three. “Holborn Junior” beat “Farloe Buddy” by half a length last week but “Farloe” was slowly away and showed massive pace to get within half a lenght of the winner on the line. “Farloe Buddy” will run from his favoured trap one.

Top Class Local Racing

The local sporting fraternity will extend best wishes to Paul and his dogs in their respective competitions this weekend.

So the local greyhound fraternity has a top class weekend of action to look forward to with the normal card at Lifford tomorrow night plus the usual Derry card next Monday.

Lifford’s main race will be the final of the Video Novice 750 yards and after last week’s semi-finals, the final appears to be very open. Indeed, I envisage the bookmakers going 3/1 ‘the field’ in this race as cases can be made for any of the six finalists. However, I like the look of “Tahina Emily” in trap two.

This May 2009 bitch was having her first race last week after three months off and she ran a blinder when leading until near the line. That run is certain to bring her on a lot as she was top class before her break last year and if she goes near last year’s form she should win this final and land the E600 prize for her owner-trainer Vera Croarkin. “Quare Marve,” from trap two is selected as the danger.

As normal live racing from Shelbourne will be shown on the track’s televisions with the final of the SIS Live Gold Cup boasting a E20,000 cheque awaiting the winner. And again it is not a easy race to call but my view is that “Camas” in trap six is the best drawn dog in the final. He ran a brilliant race last week coming from behind to win in a time of 28.14 secs. and the fact that “Cabra’s Millie,” (trap one), “Isabel’s Boy” (trap two)and “Priceless Sky” (trap three), are all early paced, there could be major traffic problems on the inside at the bend. If that does occur, the wide running “Camas” looks the one to take advantage and land the big prize for Owen McKenna.

On Monday night at Brandywell there will be normal racing with two finals down for decision. In the Monday Night Sprint event, I believe Nigel McGarry’s well bred “Skyfall” should win. This August 2011 pup won his semi-final easily last Monday and he will be a short price with bookmakers.

In the final of the 50 Club 500 yards event, again there will be a short priced favourite in “Glencroft Jewel,” owned by John Lynd. This bitch has almost a six lengths clock advantage and it will be a shock if she does not win her Newtownabbey owner.