Allegra Blue continued her rich form on the track while there was success for the Newmarket-on-Fergus owned Erril Star on Saturday evening.
The opening contest on Saturdays night’s Galway Card was an A7 graded 525 yards contest in which Erril Star was away smartly in the centre of the track and racing towards the opening bend she led from Peteles Lord and Cuilbeg Big Bird. Turning down the back the Frank Casey of Newmarket on Fergus owned Erril Star kicked on and at the halfway mark the daughter of Toolatetosell & Snow Eva led Cuilbeg Big Bird and Springwell Stevo by over three lengths and when the chasing pair bumped slightly at the third bend Erril Star was finally on her way to her maiden success at the nineteenth attempt by two lengths from Springwell Stevo in 29.63.
On the run towards the opening bend in race six for this A5 graded contested the blue jacketed Lillies Joy showed pace along the inner to lead her rivals headed by Breaghmore Ava by over a length rounding the opening bend. Racing down then back Breaghmore Ava moved up to challenge Lillies Joy but the Stephen Murray trained leader responded well to lead by a length approaching the home bend. Railing well the Michael Corry and Michael Daly of Clarecastle owned daughter of Ballymac Vic & Brookeville Dash stayed on well to defeat Breaghmore Ava by two & a half lengths in 29.54.
In the A4 graded finale Ballaghboy Panda showed pace on the run towards the opening bend to lead from Brickhill Layla and Bumblebee Lana as they swept round the opening bend. Racing down the back Ballaghboy Panda(Lenson Panda-Sues Music) continued to show the way as Bumblebee Lana moved up on his inside to virtually join issue leaving the back straight. Approaching the home bend Brickhill Layla and Kilcormack Molly also began to close on the leaders but off the home bend the Jerry Maloney and Patrick O’Driscoll of Doora owned Ballaghboy Panda really stuck his neck out to see off the challenges of Brickhill Layla and Kilcormack Molly by a neck and a head in 29.27.
The opening contest of the night at the College Road venue on Friday night was an A6 graded contest and from traps all six runners came away on terms as they raced towards the opening bend. Menmal Prince, trained by Galway’s Martin Fahy and owned by Michael Casey of Mullagh showed pace on the wide outside to outpace his rivals and lead by two lengths rounding the opening bend. Turning down the back the son of Paddy Magic and Cottage Brandy led by three lengths from Hot Melt with Erril Flash in third place and although Hot Melty closed slightly leaving the back Menmal Prince cruised home three and three quarter lengths to the good in 29.16.
The outcome of race two which was an S8 graded Non-Winners 350 yards contest was in little doubt approaching the opening bend. The Thomas O’Connor of Miltown Malbay owned Macho Man was very smarty into his stride and despite drifting outwards on the run towards the opening bend the son of Eden The Kid & Kilcornan Lady led Millrose Danny and Missouri Blue by three lengths rounding the bend. Clear turning for home Macho Man raced clear to defeat Millrose Danny by four and a half lengths in 19.39.
In race four, the John Browne of Ballyea owned Rathmeehan Stud was another winner to register a career best effort as the son of Newhall Missile and Notimetotalk routed his rivals by upwards of seven and a half lengths in 28.97. Very smartly into stride the winner led Scooby Flash and Creevy Pearl on the run towards the opening bend rounding which the winner tracked well and led by two lengths entering the back straight. Leaving the back the winner was out in splendid isolation as Creevy Pearl came through late to claim the second spot.
The Sean Conlon owned Bumblebee Dylan was another winner to make all the running in race seven, the Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge trained son of Droopys Jet & Gunner Maisie proved two and a half lengths too good for Millrose Minnie in 19.08 to record his fifth career success
The opening round heats of the 2021 SIS Cambridgeshire Open 750 took centre stage on Sunday night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. Heat three of the night was landed in trap-to-line fashion by the Marion Moroney of Ennis owned Allegra Blue as she justified her 7/4 favouritism with a fine maiden performance over the trip.
Allegra Blue is in a rich vein of form at present and after winning on her last two starts at Galway, where she dipped under 30-seconds for the 550-yard trip, the extra yardage at Limerick proved irrelevant as she made it three wins on the trot in a time of 41.87.