Stage set for Bar One Sprint Cup final

The Bar One Racing Dual Race Day will take place at Dundalk Stadium’s all-weather horse and greyhound track on Sunday.

The Bar One Racing Dual Race Day will take place at Dundalk Stadium’s all-weather horse and greyhound track on Sunday.

Horse racing will commence at 2.10pm with a seven-race card. Greyhound racing will take place in the evening at 7:30pm with the annual Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup Final.

Ireland’s only sprint Classic event, The Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup has a total prize fund of €35,000 and a winner’s purse of €20,000. Below we look at the contenders for the crown.

Trap 1


Sept 11 Black bitch

Hondo Black / Girl With Guitar

G-D Stake Rating (105)

Best stake sectional 7.18

Best stake clock: 21.38

As well as being the only female in the line up this girl is also the youngest, her best clock in the stake came in the opening heat and if she can reproduce that form she may just be able to make the frame.

She needs to fly from traps tonight and hold her position around the opening bend. Carries the hopes of Monaghan!

Verdict: Chance for the Trios from good draw at a huge price!

Trap 2


Aug 10 Black Dog

Black Shaw / Between The Two

G-D Stake Rating (120)

Best stake sectional: 7.12

Best stake clock: 21.18

Unbeaten in the stake to date he has won all is heats by an impressive combined total of 13 lengths, exceptionally fast dog this lad deserves to be favourite, he holds the track record for sprints in both Cork and Tralee, if he can make the first bend in front he is not for passing.

Trainer knows what it takes to win a Bar one Sprint cup and he is doubly represented with the defending champ in trap Three. This lad Carries the hopes of the Rebel county and Tipperary.

Verdict: Many peoples banker if he breaks well he will be hard to beat!

Trap 3


Nov 09 Black Dog

Headbound / Maryanns venture

G-D Stake Rating (136)

Best stake sectional: 7.06

Best stake clock: 21.07

The defending champ, exceptionally fast he has the fastest heat time coming into this final, he upped his game from this trap on final night last year and posted a sectional of 7.05 to win 21.01, not a million miles off that clock already in this stake if on song will put it up to the favourite, as is usually the case in these contests a lot will come down to the break.

Trainer knows his onions; he carries the hopes of Tipperary and Cork.

Verdict: Has every chance of landing the double at a nice price!

Trap 4


March 11 Fawn Dog

Crash / Whitegate Sense

G-D Stake Rating (106)

Best stake sectional: 7.17

Best stake clock: 21.37

Still only a youngster this lad put up a fine performance on his penultimate start when he was only 2 lengths adrift of the favourite Leeview Dave when he didn’t get the clearest of runs, draw tonight may be less than ideal but this lad usually breaks well and could be a bit of value at a decent price. Represents the Royal County.

Verdict: Will get a run for your money at a big price!

Trap 5


June 11 Black Dog

Hondo Black / Me Margaret

G-D Stake Rating (132)

Best Sectional: 7.01

Best stake clock: 21.11

Only a youngster this lad was favourite for the produce stakes final and finished 3rd only a length adrift of Christy’s Bolt, after that he had a crack at the English derby and got knocked out in the second round when not the clearest of runs, has the fastest sectional of 7.01 in this stake and if repeating that will not be easy to pass. Carries the hopes of Derry and Tipperary.

Verdict: Will take a lot of beating if reproducing very fast sectional!

Trap 6


June 09 Black Dog

Brett Lee / Razldazl Pearl

G-D Stake Rating (131)

Best stake sectional: 7.10

Best stake clock: 21.12

Irish Laurels winner that clocked a fair time in the opening heat here, has failed to reproduce that sectional since including when runner up to Leeview Dave by 2 lengths, that distance was obtained before the first bend on that occasion and if this lad gets to the first bend in front it could be a different result. Hails from a top kennel and Must be on the shortlist. Carries the hopes of Dublin and Kildare.

Verdict: Sectional of 7.10 or lower, could be the winner!