Dog Racing: Swedes target Jamie and co in Ladbrokes! Irish View.
RARELY in greyhound racing do we have such an international representation in a major Classic as we have in the Ladbrokes 600, which commences at Shelbourne tomorrow.
Quite apart from the Irish stars there is the English trained West Tipp and the Scottish challenger Greenwell Storm. But there is also a most unusual element in the shape of two bitches that have done all their racing in Sweden and are highly rated trackers on the Scandinavian scene.
They are Yagga Wagga and Sjudraget I Am, both under the care of Henning Olsen who raced Dead Set with such success in Ireland over the last two years. They were trialled before racing last Saturday when Sjudraget I Am beat Yagga Wagga by half a length in 29.35sec. This was their first official spin outside Sweden.
Both bitches had fine records in their native land. Yagga Wagga, a March '05 daughter of Ravage NY Ranger and Slaney Monroe (Frightful Flash/Lady Cecila) had fourteen races, mainly over 602 yards, and won eight times. Sjudraget I Am is a May '04 daughter of Lydpal Sammy (Toms The Best/Lydpal Mary) and Sjudraget Indigo and she has also done the majority of her racing over 602 yards. She had 32 races but won just eight of them.
It's nice to see a few Swedish greyhounds running here but one suspects they might struggle against the likes of Ardkill Jamie, Si Senor and Line Of Fire!
Captain back at helm
THE favourite for the Red Mills Produce Stakes has been changing by the round and pre-event favourite Team Captain is now back at the helm as we approach Sunday's semis
Team Captain credited Reggie Roberts with the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake back in December and now he is in hot pursuit of this Classic, with a smart 28.64sec run in the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately his semi will be a five-dog race due to an injury to Liam Dowling's Ballymac Flight.
Dowling has the opportunity to gain some compensation with Green Heat in the opening heat, who ran on well to win last week, but he faces some stiff opposition.
Date switch hiccup
THE changed date for the Blue Square English Derby final caught the Irish authorities by surprise and it has resulted in an unnecessary clash on July 7 between the Wimbledon decider and the Irish Oaks final at Shelbourne. Worse, both are set to be televised live in programmes that would also clash!
There have been some behind-the-scenes moves to see whether the Oaks Classic could be put back by a week but it is not an easy task, given demands on TV schedules. Hopefully a way around the problem can be found or I'll have to tear up my early bargain flight tickets!
Big two clash again!
ARDKILL JAMIE and Razldazl Billy, first and second in last week's Donal Reilly Easter Cup final at Shelbourne, clash off the track this weekend. The pair, along with Droopys Electric (now in England with Nick Savva for a crack at the English Derby), are contenders for the Irish Dog of the Year, to be announced at the Awards Gala in the Killashee House Hotel in Naas on Sunday evening.