Athlone strike late to condemn Cork City to another defeat

Athlone strike late to condemn Cork City to another defeat

Millroad Knight, who took the opening heat of the the second round of the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint at Curraheen Park on Saturday night. Pictured with trainer Michael Donnelly.

THE semi-finals of the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint take centre stage at Curraheen Park tomorrow night. 

Another fabulous event this year, there are two outstanding heats on the 11-race card.

Zoom is a leading hope in the opening heat for trainer Murt Leahy. 

A June puppy, the exciting talent has won four of his six career outings. 

He featured prominently in the Juvenile Classic in Tralee, and he has brought that form to the Cork circuit. 

A 17.67 winner last week, if he can produce another quick start, then he should go extremely well. 

Millroad Knight is bidding for three straight wins and the Michael Donnelly-trained runner should deliver another big performance. 

A natural sprinter, he normally explodes from traps and going on his 17.61 winning run last week, he is expected to be right in the mix once again. 

Of the others, Ardrahan Pinokio should reach the final. Daniel Nolan's runner has bundles of pace and he will be finishing to great effect.

In the second heat, a narrow vote goes to Skylight Blake. 

Trained by Nicky Walsh, he was turned over last time, but he can be forgiven that after producing a poor start. 

He still showed huge pace in defeat, and he ran a cracker in Waterford on Tuesday night. 

Showing exceptional early pace, he produced a career-best to finish runner-up to Native Maestro, in the semi-final of the Select Stakes. 

If he gets it right at traps, he will make them all go. Seomra Nate proved two lengths too strong for the selection last week and the Chris Houlihan-trained runner is a big player. 

He takes a few strides to warm up, but he was 17.59 winning run last week was most impressive. 

A very talented sort, he is certain to be involved. Denis Crowley's Fiftycashback is also worth a mention. 

He set the standard when winning in 17.51 last week and he's very much respected.

Knockboy Flight can follow up on last weekend's success by taking race seven, the final of the Upcoming Events A2 575. 

Trained by Kevin McLean for Cork owners John and David Herlihy, he confirmed his promise from last year with a stunning 31.18 in the opening round. He could well improve from that run, and it will take a special performance to deny him.

In other races, Gangster Sham can make the most of the rails pitch by taking the fourth. The Kieran Lynch-trained runner has shown pace in defeat, and this looks like a good opportunity. If doing it right, he looks capable of a big run.

Finally, Montys Fame can take the closing race on the card. Joe Crotty's runner brings the best form to the race, and he could well make every yard of the running.

Curraheen Park selections for Saturday, April 17th:

Race 1: Slippy Owen (Clongeel Pick) Race 2: A Manch Maestro (Satin Abbie) Race 3: Rockforest Eske (Our Dog Bridie) Race 4: Gangster Sham (Optic Ninga) Race 5: Zoom (Millroad Knight) Race 6: Skylight Blake (Seomra Nate) Race 7: Knockboy Flight (Nap) (Jirano Concorde) Race 8: Thunder Blue (Witches Ethiopia) Race 9: Gaytime Kasia (Seaview Scotty) Race 10: Cheeky Lily (Ballygibba Spray) Race 11: Montys Fame (Slanan Dan) 

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