BALLYEA’S Nugent clan had double delight at the kennels in Galway over the weekend.
Last Saturday night’s Galway card was headlined by the A2 graded sixth contest over 550 yards with the train honours on the night going to Ballyea handler Kieran Nugent who teamed up with his wife Bridget and son Aaron to complete a kennel double in the night.
The highlight of the brace came in the A3 graded fifth contest as Kieran and Bridget’s Dynamic Diva (Ballymac Best-Dynamic Cool Sky) came from an almost impossible position to run down the pace setting Grangeview Best for a three length success her seventh in all in 28.98. Grangeview Best showed pace to lead form Ballyhale Chloe and Skid Road Joe racing towards the opening bend with the eventual winner back in fifth place. Racing down the back as Grangeview Best set sail for home Dynamic Diva began to really motor out wide. From the third bend, Dynamic Diva really cut the leaders advantage down and sweeping to the front off the home bend drew right away for an impressive victory.
The Kieran and Aaron Nugent owned Killerk Black noticed up his third career success in this A6 graded contest making all the running to defeat the slightly unlucky Grangeview Gold by two lengths in 29.62. Racing down the back Killerk Black (Ballymac Best-Dynamic Cool Sky) was six lengths clear of Cheetara and Grangeview Gold who was now beginning to motor. Out front though the bird had flown as Killerk Black was not for catching.
Racing opened with an A8 graded 525 yards contest in which the Carl Maguire of Kilrush owned Wood Ross relished the step up to the four bend trip as he made virtually all the running to defeat Horseleap Violet by three and three quarter lengths in 29.42. Smartly away on the wide outside the son of Ballymac Best and Bills Missletoe was joined briefly by Horseleap Violet on his inner rounding the opening bend. Turning down the back though Wood Ross gradually took control of the contest and tracking well from halfway won easily at the line.
Runner up on his last two outings the Mary Grace of Shannon owned Inishodriscol returned to winning ways in race eight in this S5 graded contest as he made all to record a fourth career success by two and a half lengths over Capoola Blue in 19.15. Very smartly away along the rails, the Stephen Murray trained winner showed pace to lead by two lengths at the turn. Railing well, Inishodriscol was in control turning for home as Capoola Blue gave chase in second place.
In race nine, the Jack Browne of Ballyea owned Cascade Phantom never saw another rivals in this S8 grade contest as he opened his account at the second time of asking by six lengths over Feed Me McFlurry in 19.00. Very smartly away ahead of Feed Me McFlurry and Dublin Road Lady, the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Coolavanny Spice led by three lengths at the opening bend . Tracking well as Feed Me McFlurry gave chase the winner was home for all money early in the home straight.
As the traps rose for race three in Friday night’s card for this A5 graded contest both Bumblebee Love out wide and Nephin Dubh along the rails were both away smartly with High Heels just in behind the pair as they approached the opening bend. Rounding the bend Nephin Dubh went two lengths clear of his rivals as the Maria Browne of Cree owned Burnpark Twinkle tracked well behind to move into the cat bird seat approaching halfway. Leaving the back straight Burnpark Twinkle was in command as High Heels tried to go with her but the daughter of Pat C Sabbath and Burnpark Leanne held on well to score by a length and a half in 29.25.
Having met trouble in running in her two most recent outings, the Rachel Murray of Sixmilebridge owned Derra Peske made no mistake in this A3 graded 550 yards contest as she proved six and a half lengths too good for Treanmanagh Lad in 30.24. Headed in the opening couple of strides by the eventual runner up Derra Peske (Ballymac Eske-Palymistyforme) really lengthened her stride on run towards the opening bend to lead round by over two lengths. Racing down the back, the Stephen Murray trained lady set sail for home and leaving the back straight.
Last Thursday night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium proved to a very enjoyable evening for the Clare contingent, of the 12 races on offer, six of them had winners from the Banner County. Sugan Tiny got the show on the road for Anthony and Mark Cusack, from Cooraclare who landed the spoils in 29.44 for an A5 Graded contest, this was career win number five for this daughter of Skywalker Tuco and Sugan Jet, Young James McMahon made it a double for Cooraclare with Lissatouk Peggy who led from trap to line in 29.50, this career win number four for this daughter of Dorotas Woo Hoo and Lissatouk Lady.
There was a quickfire double in race five and six for Michael and Donnacha McNamara from Tulla, Pearls Delight a daughter of Magical Bale and Firestorm Ellie notched her fourth career win in a time off 29.57, and the double was completed by Rockalong Sierra who recorded a ninth career victory in 29.58, Sierra is a son of Droopys Cain and Sues Stout.
Next up, the honours went to Michael and Frank Browne from Quin with Irelands Call, a son of Velvet John Joe and Mine Velvet, he stopped the clock in 29.52 for career win number seven.
The final Clare winner of the evening was Loxley for Sixmilebridge’s Sean Stack – a real consistent performer, this son off Laughil Blake and Rallying Way led all the way to cross the line in 28.83 to make it a remarkable 16th career win.