21 Feb 2019
Following the performances of Lochnagar and Stefans Sonic in last week’s Dublin Unraced Stake semi-finals the two dogs will vie for favouritism in tonight’s final at Shelbourne.
The stake got off to a fabulous start when Lochnagar, trained by Francie Murray for Scottish owner Howard Wallace, won his first round heat by a distance in a sensational 28.20sec.
But it took on a slightly different shape when the semi-finals last week were won by Lochnagar and Stefans Sonic in the identical times of 28.57sec. What’s more, both heat winners recorded 2.08sec split times.
In tonight’s final Lochnagar goes from trap five while the Shea Campbell owned and trained Stefans Sonic will wear the striped jacket. It could be a rare tussle between the two flying machines.
In fairness to Lochnagar it must be stated that he didn’t get the best of the breaks in the semi-final and he then rode a bump on the second corner before hitting the front. A slick start this time should see Lochnagar emerge as the still unbeaten finalist with Stefans Sonic and the improving Trade Mike following him home.
Entries were still coming in at Dundalk yesterday for the Baroneracing.com Irish Sprint Cup which will commence on Friday of next week. Among the latest entries were Getrid Benny and Ravenswood Hugo.
Tomorrow’s card at Dundalk will be full of interest and includes the semi-finals of the Great Eastern Bar Open Puppy 525 and the second round of the Laurence and Brian Jones sponsored February Novice Open Unraced.
A particularly interesting runner in the February Novice is the Jackie Kerr owned Eaton Meadow who was a revelation in last week’s first round when the son of Zero Ten and Quare Sparkler covered the 400 yards in 21.28. It was a run befitting an Irish Sprint Cup contender!
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