Ballymac Arminta Joint Favourite For Tralee Race of Champions
The Race of Champions takes place this weekend at the Kingdom greyhound stadium in Tralee with a spectacular field of six top class greyhounds competing for the €15,000 pot.
There is only one bitch in this final and that is the superstar Ballymac Arminta, who is one of two runners for trainer Liam Dowling.
We have cut the odds on the daughter of Ballymac Best – Coolavanny Angie into 13/8 joint favourite, from 11/4.
Arminta won her semi-final in easy fashion showing superb early gears to win by five lengths in the fastest time of the night of 29.53. Newhall Missile (8/1) and Ballydoyle Valor (8/1) failed to close the gap on the winner.
Slippy Cian is the joint 13/8 favourite closing in from 7/2 and is the top choice of the three Graham Holland trained runners.
We cut the price of Slippy Cian into 5/2 from 7/2 before his semi-final following a series of bets. After his three and a half-length victory in 29.65, he was cut even further into 13/8 to join Ballymac Arminta at the top of the market.
Slippy Cian and Ballymac Arminta raced against each other last September in round four of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby with Cian emerging as the winner on that night and Arminta four and a half lengths back in fourth.
Of the pair, Cian is better housed in trap six with Arminta in trap four and it promises to be a fantastic battle. The best drawn runner is Blue East in trap one who is 11/2 from 10/1.
The dark horse is definitely trap one Blue East at 11/2 from 10/1 having won the Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Stakes in Waterford beating Slippy Cian back in April.
*Prices correct at time of publication