On last Thursday night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium, there was twelve races on the card with the track rated .20 fast with five of them coming home to the Banner.
It was a memorable evening for Clarecastle’s Terry Moloney and Damien Reidy when their kennel charges Malabar Lane & Malabar Jack recorded a notable double. In an A5 graded contest Malabar Lane, a daughter of Laughil Blake & Cherry Lane recorded her second career success, stopping the clock in 29.58.
In the tenth contest of the evening, an A3, Malabar Jack finished strongly to claim the honours in 29.12 and in doing so notched career win number 4, Jack a well-bred son of Ballymac Anton and Cabra Laura.
Race number two, an A7 graded contest went to the Parteen based Shanakyle Syndicate, which is spearheaded by Joe Collins, when Shanakyle Abbey came up trumps, this was career win number eight for this son of Droopys Roddick and Toremore Nosey in a winning time of 29.76.
In an A3 contest, Tiermana Anna made it two wins on the bounce and four in total for Mullagh’s Noel Mororney with a 29.34 effort, Anna is a daughter of Pestana and Cloneyogan Flash.
Syds Star led from trap to line for Newmarket-on-Fergus’s Myles Cummins who trains this progressive son of Droopys Sydney and Annual Review for the C-Star syndicate from Ballyalla, this was his fourth career success, and the winning time was 28.98.
Afrer a seasonal rest, Ganja Gun returned back to racing with a fine victory on Saturday evening in 29.94 for the 550 yards trip – jointly owned by Cooraclare’s Paddy Conlon and Newmarket-on-Fergus’ John Meehan, this was career win number seven for this son of Sh Avatar and Killinan Reina.
From Galway Greyhound Stadium, the Joe Clancy from Kilrush owned Bayview Fantasy recorded his second win on the trot and second in total with a 19.29 victory for a S5 contest, Fantasy is a son of Premier Fantasy and Bayview Flyer and is in the professional care of Sixmilebridge’s Stephen Murray.
The chief supporting contest on Saturday Night’s Galway Card was the A1 graded seventh contest and as the traps rose the Kim Bennis and Tony Brigdale of Ennis owned Blaze More Fire was away very smartly on the wide outside and racing to the opening bend she led Joeys Champ by a length with Jonny Whiskers in third place as they rounded the opening bend. Racing down the back Blaze More Fire(Ballymac Eske-Blaze Bee) kicked two lengths clear of her rivals as Jonny Whiskers went a clear second approaching the three quarter mark. Off the home bend though Blaze More Fire kicked again as she drew clears to score by two & three quarter lengths in 29.22.
In race three, the Mark and Alanna Browne of Cree owned Burnpark Ronaldo is a very consistent sprinter and the son of Watchman and Burnpark Grainne made it nine career wins from nineteen starts as he routed his S2 rivals by upwards of five and a half lengths in 19.20.
Trapping well from his trap six berth as Caislean Honcho trapped smartly along the fence “Ronaldo” powered to the bend rounding which he led by two lengths . Racing around the crown of the bend Burnpark Ronaldo began to stretch clear and he powered up the straight all alone.
The outcome of the A3 graded contest was in little doubt from an early stage as the Thomas O’Doherty of Cooraclare owned Own Lullaby trained by John Browne of Ballyea never saw another rival as the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Droopys Lullaby routed her rivals by upwards of five and a half lengths in 29.22. Very smartly into her stride Own Lullaby led Claudegreengrass by two lengths rounding the opening bend and by halfway that advantage had almost doubled. Striding out well in front Own Lullaby was always in command as she ran out an easy winner.
Friday night’s ten race programme at Galway Greyhound Stadium featured the final of the RCETS APP A5 Dual Distance Stake over 575 Yards and the semi-finals of the Support Our Sponsors S5 Sprint Stake over 350 Yards. In the opening semi-final of the S5 Sprint Stake all six runners were away well but as they settled down the red jacketed Bayview Fantasy shaped plenty of pace along the inner to lead the charge towards the opening bend ahead of Burkos Tonic and Conor Be Slick. Tracking well around the opening bend the Joe Clancy of Kilrush owned Bayview Fantasy turned for home with a two length advantage and although Burkos Tonic tried hard the Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge trained Bayview Fantasy (Premier Fantasy-Bayview Flyer) was a length and a half to the good at the line in 19.26.
The outcome of the second semi-final was in little doubt from the opening bend as the Brendan Browne of Kilkee owned Glasheen Tiger led his rivals a merry dance . Very smartly into his stride the son of Wolfe and Glasheen Covid led from Blakemount Pep and Freckles Mist on the run towards the opening bend. Tracking well the winner kicked on as his rivals ran a little wide , but out front the winner was home and hosed scoring by three lengths at the line from Blakemount Pep in 19.21.
Ennistymon owner Thomas O’Connor has a progressive sort on his hands in the shape of Hastalavistababy who made it three wins from four stages in the A6 graded contest proving four and three quarter lengths too good for Like A Biscuit in 29.61. Away well in company with Erril Star on the wide outside the winner to command along the rails rounding the opening bend. Tracking well the winner was six lengths clear passing halfway and once again tracking well out of the back the son of Out Of Range Ash and An Bhean Cheile stayed on well all the way to the line.
In the concluding A4 graded contest the John Quinn of Gort owned Fast Fit Felix was just about best way along the inner and racing towards the opening bend the son of Doratos Wildcat and Fast Fit Maeve led Abigails Mystery and Derra Dolly by just over a length. Tracking well the Declan McDonagh of Liscannor trained runner extended his advantage to over three lengths from Derra Dolly racing down the back. Between the final two bends the lead was reduced to two lengths but Fast Fit Felix kicked again off the home bend to score by four and three quarter lengths from Derra Dolly in 29.46.