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Clare greyhound owners from Moy, Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon and Shannon were among the winners at Galway track over the weekend.

Rugby ensured just one night of racing took place at the Galway track over the weekend with the A1 graded 550 Yards contest the feature event of the eleven race programme. As the traps rose Cloneyogan Blaze and Headford Melody were both away well with Caislean Roddick also prominent as they made the long trek towards the opening bend. Rounding the opening bend the Siobhan Garraghy of Moy owned Cloneyogan Blaze just managed to get round in front and grabbing the rails berth she led by over a length entering the back straight.

Approaching the penultimate corner the lead had extended to over three lengths but off the home bend Cloneyogan Blaze began to tread water and the son of Kinloch Brae and Tiermana Rum was all out to repel the renewed effort of Headford Melody close home to prevail by half a length in 30.61.

In the A3 graded tenth contest Grahams Jet and Brickhill Davy led the charge to the opening bend with Grahams Jet holding a half length advantage on the outside as they turned down the back straight. Racing down the back the front pair led their rivals by three lengths but leaving the back straight the Sean Meade of Miltown Malbay owned Paradise Mozart began to close on his rivals and off the home bend the son of Droopys Nidge and Alexandra swept through between runners to win going away by two and three quarter lengths in 29.09.

Willbroo Fiddler owned by Ennistymon’s Claire Davoren made it two wins from two starts in the S8 graded contest, leading on the crown of the home bend on her way to a two & a quarter length success over Killanin Pippa in 19.63. Killanin Pippa, Fast Fit Buddy and Tiger Queen disputed the early lead but as they rounded the opening bend the winner swept through between runners to take command. Two lengths clear straightening for home the winner was in control up the straight for a comfortable success.

Without a win in fourteen previous attempts the James McLaughlin of Shannon owned Drumgeely Prince left all previous form behind him in race six in an A5 graded contest as he made all the running to defeat Kilbannon Psycho by six and three quarter lengths in 28.87. Trapping well from his trap six berth in company with Be Slow Django led by a length at the opening bend but once turning down the back the son of Pat C Sabbath & Athlacca Queen left his rivals toiling in his wake. Eight clear leaving the back the winner was all along racing up the home straight as Kilbannon Psycho kept on well for second spot.

In race seven, the Gordon Vaughan of Miltown Malbay owned Deerpark West got up close home to record his third career in this A4 graded affair as he collared the always prominent Peteles Queen close home to prevail by half a length in 29.91. The winner a son of Taylors Sky and Dewaitisover raced in third place down the far side as Baylin Fancy and Peteles Queen showed the way but off the home bend the leaders began to bunch up and the Gerard Burke trained Deerpark West came through to claim the spoils.

There was huge local interest in Heat 14 of the English Derby on Saturday night last with Inagh’s Noel Hehir’s brilliant bitch Coolavanny Chick making every inch of the running. It was a tremendous run from the daughter of Droopys Sydney and hopes are high that she can make further progress in the second round which takes place on this Saturday night.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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