Most valuable race of the night at Shelbourne on Thursday was the final of the €900 Gain Feeds A2/3 Dual Distance and it featured a classy run from the Ray and Eugene Dowling owned Kylehill Mozart (Tullymurry Act/ Kylehill Eugenie) as he decisively reversed semi-final placings with the favourite Stefans Wee Bro in 29.72 for the 550 yards.
The 2-7 favourite Droopys Harbour (Droopys Sydney/ Broadstrand Xola) turned the final of the FFK Southern Oaks into a procession when demolishing the field at Youghal on Monday.
The first round of the Oceanfeed Greyhound+ Open Unraced Bitch Stake was run at Enniscorthy on Monday night and Paddy Kehoe’s Forest Bee (Rio Quattro/ Forest Mollie) was easily the fastest heat winner when clocking 29.47.
There were some major shocks at Galway on Thursday night with the favourites turned over in the three top races.
Peter Cronin has plenty of quality ammunition at his disposal and this was evident at Shelbourne Park on Thursday night as he recorded a superb double with Milltown Magic the undoubted star as he claimed the final of the €850 Gains Feeds A3 525 in a stunning 28.47.
The final of the Woodside Nurseries Aughrim Open Unraced Stake was run at Enniscorthy on Monday and Murrintown owner/ breeder Daniel Frayne was on the mark with his Southest Bound.
The best wine was held to last at Shelbourne on Thursday when the Murt Leahy trained Brackloon Titan clocked a personal best as he won the concluding A2 contest in 28.67.
Fane Sioux was both a brilliant and somewhat surprising winner at Shelbourne Park on Thursday night as she posted a wonderful 29.72 for the 550yd trip.
Wexford owner/ trainer George Roche enjoyed a first and last heat double in the second round of the Woodside Nurseries Unraced Stake at Enniscorthy on Monday.
Paul Hennessy has always had huge faith in Jaytee Jet and the near veteran tracker proved his greatness with a powerful performance in winning the €20,000 Racing Post International at Dundalk on Wednesday night.
The Martin Hagan trained Bearinthesquare (Sparta Maestro/ Blenhiem Diva) has made a huge impact in his early races and he turned in another smashing effort when winning the final of an €850 A3/4 final at Shelbourne on Thursday.
There were some very promising runs in the first round of the Woodside Nurseries Novice Stake at Enniscorthy on Monday night with three of the winners very close on the clock with times between 29.21 and 29.25.
There were a few good performances from younger trackers at Shelbourne on Thursday but we had to wait for the near four year old Tucker Foley to post the run of the night when he won the first semi-final of the Best Car Parks A2/3 in 28.66.
Trainer Gerry Merriman is really getting back into the swing of things after the Shelbourne closure and he sent out the first three winners on the card at the Wednesday meeting at headquarters, completing a terrific litter hat-trick. The track was rated at .30 slow for all races.
John Kenny’s Wagga Sky (Taylors Sky/ Maudabawn Jody) completed his unbeaten path through the Droopys Stud Champion Stakes at Youghal when winning the €2,000 final on Monday.
Racing returned to Shelbourne with a bang as the Paul Hennessy trained Its Rockin Jim (Ballymac Vic/ Kilara Cher) was a runaway winner of the A3 ninth race in a career best time of 28.52, the second leg of a double for the Gowran trainer.
Joe Horan and Fraser Black combined to win a first round heat of the English Derby at the weekend with Maireads Spring and they struck with a younger half-brother last night as Maireads Sky ran out a very convincing winner of the €2,500 Georges Hair Design Open final at Enniscorthy.
The final of the €2,650 April Stakes was run at Enniscorthy on Monday and the 4-7 favourite Tagalong Roy (Melodys Royal/ Rathbally Spot) completed his unbeaten run through the stake with a pillar to post success.
Racing resumed at Shelbourne on Thursday night and we were treated to a quite superb performance from the Tom Buggy trained Kilgraney Denver as he stopped the clock in 28.31 after a runaway success in an A1 525.
There were seven non-runners in all at Shelbourne Park on Thursday night and while some fancied greyhounds were amongst those missing there were still some fine displays. In terms of the clock and excitement the best race of the night saw Pauline Quinn’s Drumsna Star get the better of Toker Forest and Hather For Matt in a thrilling finish.
Clares Angel was the star turn at HQ on Thursday night as she maintained her unbeaten record in brilliant fashion in the final of the €900 Try A Trio A4/5 525, posting a rapid 28.59 in just her third career start.
Following a miserably wet day in Dublin the going was pretty testing at Shelbourne on Wednesday night and stamina became a major requisite.
There were some good displays in the opening round of the A4 No Backgraders Stake at Shelbourne on Wednesday night with the Graham Holland trained puppy Clares Angel (Vans Escalade/ Cabra Smokey) posting the fastest time as she won the third and final heat in 28.94.
With races over four different distances there was a welcome touch of variety to the programme at Shelbourne on Wednesday night and the top performance was served up by PJ Fahy’s Tyrur Blondie as she made a procession of the D2/3 contest in a useful 42.16.
There were two finals on the card at Shelbourne on Wednesday night and the biggest prize was the €800 for the A3/4 final which was won by the Sean Dooley owned and trained Town Gigolo as she came home a clear cut winner in 29.10.
A young dog rapidly on the upgrade is Haydeezflyer and the son of Paradise Madison and Highview Idol added to his winning sequence as he turned in a hugely impressive performance in winning the final of the €1,200 The Sales @ IGB A2 at Shelbourne Park on Thursday night.