Irish eyeing Sunderland prize
Leading Irish trainer Dolores Ruth is set to have her first ever runners at Sunderland Stadium for the 2012 William Hill UK Festival of Greyhound Racing when Razldazl Bugatti and Cuil Cougar line up to contest the £25,000 williamhill.com Classic.
The competition sponsors price Derby semi-finalist Razldazl Bugatti, who also reached the final of the Irish Derby last year, as 6-1 favourite, while Cuil Cougar is a 7-1-chance. Dolores is 3-1 to train the winner of the Classic.
Derby third Coolavanny Bert is 13-2 second-favourite with Hills, who price Mill Bling Bling, from the local kennel of Kelly Macari, at 7-1.
Derby-winning trainer Mark Wallis cleaned up with both of the meeting's top prizes last year, and the sponsors place reigning williamhill.com Grand Prix champion Blonde Fletch as hot 7-2 favourite to successfully defend his title in the premier £15,000 stayers event.
Express Trend, narrowly denied by Mr Chow in the Regency at Hove recently, is next in the betting at 5-1.
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "With leading Irish trainer Dolores Ruth sending not one but two over to Sunderland for the very first time, plus Derby third Coolavanny Bert and recent Pall Mall winner You Mind Me topping the Classic billing - not to mention the return of reigning Grand Prix hero Blonde Fletch - this year's Festival promises to be unmissable. And who knows - we may just unearth next year's Derby winner too!"
williamhill.com Classic: 6-1 Razldazl Bugatti, 13-2 Coolavanny Bert, 7-1 Mill Bling Bling, Cuil Cougar, 10-1 Loughteen Blanco, 12-1 You Mind Me, 14-1 Wells Honour, Ayamzaman, Mutual Decision, Blue Artisan, 16-1 Droopys Loner, 20-1 Guinness Dusty, Lil Risky, 25-1 Mill Hercules, Endova Rossi, 33-1 Mountjoy Rock, Tinas Zodiac, Lily Mayday, Raise Me Up, Doctor Robert, Valentia Zig, Jaytee Tiger, Bickerton Olive, Droopys Betson, Lenson Johnny, Castlebride Dan, Zodiac Zeus, 40-1 Yahoo Ned, Dream On Buddy, 50-1 Lenson Mac, Holloway Road, King Jaffa, Longrange Ivor, Skywalker Gold, Holycross Prince, 66-1 Aranock Mint (EW 1/4 1,2,3,4)
Dolores Ruth to train the winner of the Classic: 3-1
williamhill.com Grand Prix: 7-2 Blonde Fletch, 5-1 Express Trend, 6-1 Airforce Newyork, 10-1 Mill Whiskers, 12-1 Granard Bound, 14-1 Dixies Air, 16-1 Jazz Apollo, Anfi Gem, 20-1 Curragh Kewell, Derrane Jake, Ballintine Molly, Ballymac Pet, Mays Stewart, Patterdale Cejay, 25-1 Pond Shefelia, Ceroc Shaneboy, Luminous Park, Airforce Roger, Nyla Fantasy, Swabys Princess, 33-1 Paradise Aruba, Swift Reagan, Nifty Crash, Cals Runner, Ballymac Xavi, Honeypound Joe, 50-1 Clerihan Gold, Elwick Ghost, Ocean Hero, Tricky Chuggy, 66-1 Bridge Jane,Hello Martha, Some Horse, Radiance, 100-1 You Know Me, Clonmoyle Rover (EW 1/4 1,2,3,4)
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First Round - Saturday 30th June
Semi Finals - Saturday 7th July
Live Finals Night - Thursday 12th July
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