The Final of the Matchbook Betting Exchange Irish St, Leger at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on this Saturday night is the main focus of attention for Greyhound interest in this area for the coming weekend.
Clare’s big interest Fast Fit Paddy owned by John Quin of Gort and trained by Declan McDonagh in Liscannor bowed out of the classic after traffic problems at the first bend on Saturday night last.
Anthony and Mark Cusack from Cooraclare were beaming last Saturday night when Sugan Snowey recorded her first career success in 29.43, Snowey is a daughter of Skywalker Tuco and Sugan Jet and is the fifth member of this litter to grace the winners enclosure.
It was a prolific evening for the Clare contingent last night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Inislosky Jasper got the banner flag flying when he notched career win number four in a personal best of 29.33. Jasper is owned by Mary Crotty from O’Briensbridge.
Tom Flanagan from Ennistymon landed the spoils with Mythical Orchard in 29.25, a third career victory for this daughter of Dorotas Wildcat and Flandys Hawkeye.
Quin’s dynamic duo, Frank and Mary Browne were to the fore with Mine Robin, a daughter of Velvet John Joe and Sawdust Café, robin notched career win number eight when she crossed the line in a winning time of 29.23.
Michael and Donnacha McNamara are reaping the benefits of their Droopys Cain and Sues Stout litter and this was no different last night when Rockalong Sierra put the pedal to the floor to win by 3 lengths in 28.93.
Fanore publican, Patrick O’Donoghue was successful in the bumper race of the evening when John Boy Jack recorded win number three and a personal best in 29.36, this son of Skywalker Puma and Ballistic Nina is trained by O’Callaghan Mills man Donal Cooney.
Last Saturday night at Thurles Greyhound Stadium, Dee Bee Lord, gave an eye catching performance for the Dee Bee Flyer syndicate when he got off the mark in his racing career in 29.33. Lord is a son of Ballymac Vic and Dee Bee Duchess. This Syndicate is a Feakle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, and Clarecastle combo, comprising of Gary and Damien Pepper, Seanie McMahon, Michael Corry and Tommy Heagrthy. Flyer is trained by renowned Tipperary trainer Paraic Campion.
When the traps rose for the S8 graded contest at Galway Track on Friday, the red jacketed Pats Alloy was away smartly along the fence to lead on the run towards the opening bend with Giddyupgar and No Risk also prominent as the opening bend loomed. Rounding the bend the Martin Griffin of Lissycasey owned No Risk swept to the front round the outside of her rivals and although maintaining a wide berth around the home bend, the daughter of Laughill Blake and Nebraska Scot was clear as she stayed in well to defeat Pats Alloy by a length and three parts in 19.58.
Race three was a novice contest over the 525 yards trip and from traps Burkos Lizzie was away like the wind from her trap three berth and approaching the opening bend she led Astro Podge and her litter sister Carokers Trixie by over five lengths. Racing down the back straight Burkos Lizzie continued to show the way but from the halfway mark the Madden-Pepper Syndicate of Feakle owned Astro Podge began to bridge the gap to the leader. Between the final two bends, the son off Ballymac Best and Dynamic Cool Sky loomed up on the leaders outside before the Donie Duggan of Tulla trained runner gradually gained the upper hand to score by a length in 29.50.
The outcome of the S5 graded sprint contest rested between the fast starting pair Risky Reward and Room To Stop with the Sean O’Riordan owned Risky Reward always holding the upper hand from the home bend as she recorded her second career success by three and a half lengths in 19.07. Room Ton Stop began the better of the pair and led by two lengths early doors but as the opening bend loomed the Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge trained Risky Reward swept through on the leaders inner to take command .
The concluding A3 graded 525 Yards contest was the top graded contest of the night and as they raced towards the opening bend Merciful Ali and Give It Up matched strides just on front of Brickhill Layla along the inside rail. At the turn, Clare natives John Collins and Albert Long owned Brickhill Layla was stuck to the inside rail as she slipped through to lead and turn down the back straight a length clear of Breaghmore Ava who tracked well also. Racing towards the third bend Breaghmore Ava went for a run on the leaders inner but Brickhill Layla responded gamely and the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Rathmeehan May stayed on well to defeat Merciful Ali by two and three quarter lengths in 29.23.