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Classic clues at Tralee; MICHAEL FORTUNE'S IRISH VIEW.

SINCE its inception the Juvenile Unraced Classic at Tralee has been a terrific nursery for future stars and judged by the entry for this year's renewal, which begins tonight, it looks like being another special competition.

To refresh the memory, last year's event featured the racing debuts of subsequent Irish Derby finalists Rockchase Bullet and Rockview Head, Oaks winner Droopys Twirl, Champion Stakes Plate winner Meadow Bank Owl, Laurels winner Razldazl Rioga and ECC Timber Open 550 winner Royal Patrol.

One that really stands out is the Sally Williams-trained Coolavanny John, a son of Wheres Pedro and Mercury Queen and litter-brother to Coolavanny Bert. He clocked a brilliant 28.60sec in a trial and goes in heat six tonight.

Then there is the Graham Holland-trained Catching Dreams, a son of Ninja Jamie and Supreme Hestia who clocked 28.65sec in qualifying.

These would be the most significant 525 times but there were also a few eyecatching sprint runs from Liam Dowling's Ballymac Vic, Tom Bambury's Rusheen Major, Frances O'Donnell's Skywalker Harry and Skywalker Kate, and Pat Buckley's Wells Honour.

THE Irish tracks are now back on full schedule after a slightly reduced calendar during the winter months.

Shelbourne Park will resume Wednesday night racing next week, while Harold's Cross will also reintroduce Monday night racing. Similarly, Limerick will be back in action on Mondays, while Tralee has already started back racing on Tuesday evenings.


Razldazl Rioga: Tralee debut
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2012
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