Flying Scot set to land £5,000 Tennent's Gold Cup prize at Drumbo
Three unbeaten runners chase the £5,000 winner's prize in tonight's Tennent's Gold Cup at Drumbo Park
Kennel mates Farloe Rumble and Blue Cafu, handled by Donaghdee's Curtis McGrath, have their Scottish owner Peter Aiken flying in for the occasion but he's likely to depart disappointed as Toolmaker Scot carries the favourite's mantle.
And deservedly so after two smooth displays from Scot which saw him as the third fastest greyhound to grace the stadium when clocking 28.25 in the opening round. The blue dog followed that up with a 28.52 triumph in holding off Belfast runner Tiernans Gift who is given a chance to reverse that form.
Trained in Co Meath by Robert Gleeson, Toolmaker has won 16 of his 38 races and was runner-up in the Dundalk's Irish Sprint Cup and is set to add to his tally of victories. It won't be easy from trap four, but Scot has the early acceleration and middle distance pace, to overcome all challenges.
Darfin Angel is the only bitch in the final and is renowned for a quick exit which must give Crossgar's Finbarr and Daryl McLaughlin confidence of landing the top prize. Alas, she struggles in the closing stages and it's doubtful if she can hold off one as brilliant as Scot.
Farloe can't afford any mistake in exiting from trap one while Cafu, a finalist last year, will need his best ever show to snatch the spoils. A very capable sort, Cafu has been showing a better attitude but is another who must lead to be seen at his best and that's not guaranteed.
Tommy Light's Belfast runner Tiernans Gift won't be figuring early and his best work will come late in the game but giving quality dogs a lead is not easily surmountable and he'll do well to get into the frame.
Three semi-finals of the Jackie McCann Memorial worth £1,500 to the winner, are down for decision and Deanridge Casba, the fastest first round winner, can add to that for southern trainer Ian Reilly. Locals Dogsandfools and Cabriol Madison are the choices in the other two heats.
Drumbo Park (programme for tonight, 7.50pm)
525: Miss Stiletto, Conlig Ginger, Notorious Ava, Siberian Skyfall, Evaneline Snow, Rag Bush
335: Hee Haws Romo, Footfield Razl, Yonder Blue, Cons Double, Slip The Gears, Couzins Gerry
525: Always Smiling, Blackstone Nero, Over Par, Run Buddy Run, Time To Please, Meenagh Magic
335: Bens Brae, Droopys Geelong, Meadows Gold, Big Johns Maggie, Camlin Linnet, Baystreet Rose
Jackie McCann Memorial first semi-final 525: Daretobe Swift, Dogsandfools, Blacknose Trixie, Bohard Rumble, Beaming Bully, Billies Idol
Second semi-final 525: Alex My Friend, Cabriol Madison, So Its Goldie, Benbradagh Mist, Meadows Magic, Sometime Again
Third semi-final 525: Powershouse Hondo, Fernisky Tango, Final Bustino, Kahuna Barry, Deanridge Casba, Spud Time
Tennent's Gold Cup final 525: Farloe Rumble, Darfin Angel, Blue Cafu, Toolmaker Scot, Toolmaker Metro, Tiernans Gift
525: Mahon Accord, Hi Rushe, Making Plans, Conlig Belle, Conors Ranger, Kilgraney Sphinx
525: Broadway Bruce,, Coolykereen Jack, Nanny Brien, Ballymac Zoe, Footfield Flash, Jimmys Sham
525: Highview Passion, Freddies Girl, Fane Zeema, Listen Danny, Craic Was Ninety, Calzaghe Prost
550: Cromac Terror, Feora Fantasy, Jetts Bertie, Big Johns Friend, Footfield Nidge, Hard Bought
Dundalk (programme for tonight, 7.50pm)
400: Fairy Mist, Lishu Legend, Field Scolari, Kansas City Ace, Edenvale Travis
400: Beretta Sue, Congress Tiger, Absolute Red, Siberian Zoro, Tic Tok Pine, Shaunas Mini
525: Bow Wow Falcao, Wow Wee, Our Ella, Fane Orayen, Valeries Dream, Nosey Girl
525: Mutual Advice, Abbeyville Amigo, Aulton Jacko, Kilara Vic, Fud Na Tire, Dromrich Blackie
400: Daylens Sky, Todds Tipple, Joined The Elite, No Remorse, Second City, Ballyknockan Bel
525: Billy Junior, Kilaharry Lily, Highview Tiger, Valeries Thunder, Melodic Tune, Tunnelll Tam
525: Solerina Boy, Scarlet Sanyi, Brannock Shelly, Milldean Arnie, Skryne Boss, Sin Away
400: Melodic Aria, Tic Tok Storm, Great Crack, Skryne Flash, Santro Millar, Corner Bar
525: Fridays Wilton, Oh Suzanna, Gods Own Mayo, Edenvale Stella, Saleen Ted, Ravenswood Jodie
525: Calfornia Chrome, Mayo Beauty, Bansee Mick, Blundel Zeek, Carrow Coco, Amazing Max
525: Skryne Mac, Corner Bounty, Hartbeating Mayo, Shawdeco Hunter, Muckno Pop, Holycross Madi
Lifford (programme for tonight, 8.02pm)
350: Hanoras Thunder, Pearses Dazzler, Craigmore Blue, Farkland Kauto, Hayleys Scolari, Galeforce Barney
350: Glitzy Zenyatta, Frederick Street, Kinielty Scolari, Rag Dolly Molly, Regards To Tony, Mulroy Melody
350: Alien Cowboy, Ballybun Flyer, Surfers Boy, Shanty Vipar, Ursumcraichi, Colarhouse Roots
525: Counterfeit Lara, Neens Brandy, Townsend Lark, Rafas Wee Baby, Texas Goldie, Ice Boy
525: Lake Journey, Fridays Act, Full Of Grace, Smurfing Assasin, Clonleigh Girl, Superfine Paddy
350; Superfine Sound, Clune Rumble, Movin Cain, Rafas Wee Flash, Nice One Price, Tahina Jayden
525: Droopys Monfils, Esker Jamie, Smurfing Murty, Melvin Charm, Galeforce Holly, Ghetto Twirl:
525: Bucks Kite, Wellpad Bolt, Sober Princess, Hather Garnet, Tahina Milo
350: Tahina Josh, Smurfing Convoy, Ballyhar Sparks, Kelseys Queen, Entrapment, Hather Slippy
525: Hather Sapphire, Colarhouse Peppa, Howya Daisy, Happy Days, Corrin Mario, Lisnastrane Gold
525: Rafas Wee Toots, Saxon Jack, Tahina Corey, Bling Bling Ben, Tober Suarez, Storm Blitz
525: Kielsy Diamond, Farleight Rise, Another Venture, Dontbreak Nobublb, Mercury Jayfkay, Strafield Legend