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Greyhounds: Young guns can fire at Harolds X; Irish View.

Byline: Michael Fortune

RONNIES CHAMPION, Mineola Zeus, Sleek It Jack and Motor Bar are the only four greyhounds with an unbeaten record in the Harold's Cross Bookmakers Puppy Derby and tonight the quartet will bid to continue their winning ways.

Ronnies Champion is first in action in the opening heat and while he will start favourite to come out on top, he certainly has to be at his very best with Inny Breeze, Brickfield Gypsy and Droopys Mourinho in opposition. If Mark Wallis' charge is to maintain his unbeaten path through the stake, nothing less than a fast start will suffice. That said, he has shown a real liking for Harold's Cross and remains the choice to come out on top.

Mineola Zeus is the outright favourite for the stake after two superb displays in the opening rounds and he will start a hot favourite to win heat three.

The Seamus Graham-trained star possesses huge pace and, despite a tricky draw on the fence, he must get the vote. Mention must go to one of his rivals, however.

Droopys Sella, a halfbrother to Droopys Maldini and Droopys Marco, has shown exceptional speed in his last two starts, although luck has not been his ally. He is one to keep an eye on.

Sleek It Jack may dispute the early running in the final heat, but it is difficult to see him continuing his winning ways with Droopys Ernie, Shelbourne Becky and Jumeirah Nikita in attendance. Instead Droopys Ernie is set to make up for two disappointing displays in the past fortnight by leading throughout.

The remaining unbeaten competitor is Motor Bar and claims can certainly be made for Pat Lynch's blue in heat two, although he may have to settle for the runnerup spot, with former Britishbased Greenwell Storm chosen to get up late. The son of Spiral Nikita has shown brilliant pace in his two starts around Harold's Cross and should he receive a clear run, he should be too strong for his rivals.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2005
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