BIRD CATCHER, who figured prominently in both the1000 Guineas and the Oaks, looks the one to beat in today’s Caymanas Park restricted allowance feature over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy, for native bred three-year-old fillies.The 14-strong field promises keen competition from leading lights BIRD CATCHER, POISON GAS, BLUE MOON, LIKE ALADY and BABY P. But the Fitzroy Glispie-trained BIRD CATCHER has the best credentials on past performances, especially having worked well in preparation for this trophy.BIRD CATCHER finished three lengths fifth to A THOUSAND STARS in the recent Caribbean Choice Oaks, this after disputing the lead at the half mile. And prior to that she finished fourth to NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the Post To Post 1000 Guineas, racing prominently into the straight as well.FAIRLY GOOD TIMEIt is interesting to recall that BIRD CATCHER won her only race over this trip in December of last year, slamming GLOBAL by five lengths in the fairly good time of 1:07.0.The chestnut filly by Burning Marque out of Bye Bye Birdie has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in a fast 1:13.1 on May 13.Having secured a good draw on the outside, BIRD CATCHER, with only 52.5kg and former champion apprentice O’Brien White aboard, should race in close touch of the expected leaders – POISON GAS and MISS MYRTLE – before coming through approaching the distance. She should win from the Wayne DaCosta-trained BLUE MOON and POISON GAS.Other firm fancies on the card are last Saturday’s fast-timer winner, FLYING MIRACLE, in the third; DI COBRE to go one better in the fifth race over the straight; as well as LUCKY NINE in the sixth; and down in class ZACKONTHEATTACK to score an overdue win in the ninth race.
County players Mark Mc Hugh and David Walsh were present in Donegal Town on Tuesday afternoon to launch the Temple Street Charity Cycle. Mark Mc Hugh also presented a signed County Jersey, on behalf of MCM Spirits. The jersey will be raffled after the cycle, at a fundraising table quiz in The Glen Head Tavern, at 7pm on September 9th.Fitness enthusiasts and amateur cyclists alike who are ‘gearing up’ for a major fundraising cycle on Sunday, September 9th, got a major boost when county stars Mark McHugh and David Walsh officially launched the event.On that date over one hundred cyclists are expected to make the 58 kilometre trip from Donegal Town to Glencolmcille, as a fundraising initiative for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. And in honour of the County Team’s impending All-Ireland final appearance, all cyclists are being asked to don the Donegal jersey in a show of support for Jim and the lads.The event has been organised by CLG Naomh Columba, Gleann Cholm Cille, in conjunction with The Reveller Bar, Donegal Town, and is the second part of a double-fundraiser, which also saw a charity football match held in the Southwest club’s grounds on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Organisers have been delighted with the response to the cycle thus far, with bike sales booming in the Southwest area, and cyclists of all ages and abilities signing up.Despite the just-for-fun ethos of the event, there have been reports of early morning and late night training sessions in both Glen and Donegal Town, plus numerous sightings of Naomh Columba footballers in Tour de France mode on the hills of Glengesh and Maghera!Cyclists who have already registered have been issued with sponsorship cards, however unregistered cyclists can turn up on the day and take part, with a registration fee of €20 donated to the charity. Registration will take from 8.45am to 9.30am at Páirc na nGael in Glencolmcille, and from 11am on the Diamond in Donegal Town.Anyone travelling from Glencolmcille can avail of specially organised bus transfer, and bikes will also be transported. The cycle will depart the Diamond, Donegal Town at 12 noon, and will stop over in Killybegs, before winding it’s way up Fintra and in through to Glen. All cyclists will make their way to the clubhouse at Páirc na nGael for hot showers, before finishing up at the Glen Head Tavern, where there will be a barbeque from 5pm, followed by a table quiz at 7pm.Organisers are reminding everyone intending to take part that it is compulsory to wear a helmet. Anyone wishing to help out on the day can call into The Reveller Bar, or check out CLG Naomh Columba on Facebook.DONEGAL GAA STARS GET BEHIND CHARITY CYCLE RIDE was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL GAA STARS GET BEHIND CHARITY CYCLE RIDE