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Greyhounds: Irish View: Its Wimbledon nex t for Stephens Sag a.

Byline: Michael Fortune

FOLLOWING her sizzling performance in winning the EUR20,000 Tyrur Champion Bitch Stake at Galway last Saturday, Side Saga is now very much on course for a crack at the William Hill English Derby.

It is unusual enough for an Irish-trained bitch to challenge for the Classic (Spring Time was a notable exception in 2000), but there is sensible reasoning behind the decision to send this daughter of Hot Cruise and Code Claw.

T rainer Stephen Bourke said: ``She'll be very much suited by middle seeding as she is much better from the middle than inside or out. She is a flying trapper and is a tremendous bitch around the bends. We honestly feel that Wimbledon will suit her down to the ground''.

One of the nominations for the Irish Bitch of the Year Award, Side Saga won the Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles last backend and was a finalist in the Irish Oaks last year. But Bourke reckons that she is better and stronger this year and she was mighty impressive at Galway where she totally dominated.

Bourke admits that they helped themselves to some 66-1 last week for Wimbledon and he hopes to trial the bitch around the Plough Lane circuit in the next couple of weeks.

Bourke may bring a few others also, perhaps Cesarewitch finalist Count Gelignite and the Produce Stakes contender Mustang Zapper.

Stephen, incidentally, is launching a strong challenge for the valuable Greenpark Lodge Guesthouse Open 570 which kicks off at Longford this evening. He is running Dalcash Hotshot and Quiet Spiral in the midland competition that has also attracted such fine trackers as Faughan Emmet, Kid Ory, Clydal Sandy and last year's Puppy Derby finalist Cals Tonic.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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