First round heats of the valuable ‘Clonmel Greyhound Store A3/A4 Guys & Dolls’ competition got underway last night and the bar was set pretty high in both the dog and bitch sections with ‘Leevalley Leeroy’ and ‘Rising Vicki’ both dipping well under the 29 second barrier.
Carrying a winner’s prize of €2500, ‘Leevalley Leroy’, owned by Jordan Moynihan was quickest of the dogs as in the final heat he took an absolute flier from trap 1 and despite moving wide on the run-up, he took a commanding lead as they rounded the first and approached the back straight.
‘Kranky David’, running from the white jacket was some six lengths adrift in second at this point as ‘Leeroy’ set a scorching gallop out in front and although ‘David’ made some good headway on the run for home, ‘Leeroy’, a son of ‘Sir Paddy - Cooly Jane’ and trained by Michael O’Donovan, stayed on well to break his maiden tag and record an impressive two length victory in 28.69.
PLENTY OF TALENT
In heat 2, even money favourite ‘Talented News’ was slowly into stride from the striped jacket as trap 1, ‘Gowlane Racer’ paced up well on the inner on the approach to the first bend.
‘Talented’ showed some good early speed to get into the mix at this point and although riding a bump rounding the first, he slipped through to follow ‘Gowlane’ into the back straight. Having five lengths to make up, ‘Talented’, a son of ‘Good News - Slaneyside Magoo’, showed some fantastic back straight pace to challenge around the penultimate turn and as they raced for home, the John Kennedy Jr owned black, stayed on strongly to cross the line a half a length to the good of ‘Gowlane’ in 29.03.
‘Feed Me Supermac’ led for much of the way in heat 3 as he bounced from trap 5 and held a two length advantage rounding the first turn. Some trouble at the opening bend meant that the slow starting ‘Serene Buddy’ in trap 4 slipped into second but ‘Supermac’ extended his lead to around three lengths down the back straight and looked the likely winner. However, his stride was shortening rounding the bottom two bends and ‘Serene’, a son of ‘Skywalker Puma - Lithuanian Tina’ and owned by Edmond Ryan and Thomas Cormack, raced up menacingly on the outer to cross over half a length in front of ‘Supermac’ in a decent 29.11.
In the opening heat of the night, ‘St Mullins Lad’, running from trap 5 held on gamely from some strong finishes to secure a one and a half length victory.
Despite being led by trap 6, ‘Circus Ted’ on the run to first bend, ‘Lad’ showed some good courage to swoop the bend and maintain control throughout as the son of ‘Droopys Jet - Bobs Daisey’ and owned by Patrick Mullet won in 29.30.
Fastest of the dolls came in heat 7 when ‘Rising Vicki’ produced a dominant finishing display for her owner Eric Cantillon.
Despite breaking well from trap 1, it was ‘Boomtown Getz’ in the striped jacket who run a better first bend to take a three length lead on the run down the back straight and it wasn’t until the third turn where ‘Vicki’ started to make inroads. Fully into stride at this point, the daughter of ‘Tyrur Big Mike - Vickis Lady’ and trained by Graham Holland powered up the home straight to win by an ever increasing two and a half lengths in a very smart 28.74 at odds of 1/2.
FINE EARLY SPEED
‘Famous Event’ took heat 6 with a fine display of early pace for owner Michael O’Donovan.
After a moderate break from trap 3, the 2/1 joint favourite ‘Event’ showed some impressive early gear to move between runners and take the lead rounding the first turn. From here on in it was pretty much as you where as the daughter of ‘Droopys Sydney - Tyrur Rosaleen’, stayed on stoutly throughout to cross the line with over a length to spare in 29.01
The judges were called into action in heat 5 as ‘Tranquil Sea’ done the bookies a favour by chinning the even money favourite ‘Riverside Storm’ on the line by the slimmest of margins.
‘Riverside’ was best away from trap 3 and looked the likely winner after some back straight trouble left her some seven lengths in front on the approach to the penultimate turn. However, ‘Tranquil’, a known stayer in trap 2 was gaining all the time and the daughter of ‘Paradise Madison - Skilled Spree’, who incidentally is a full sister to last weeks top lot at Thurles sale ‘No Comparison’, flew up the home straight to win in a time of 29.20.
FAST AWAY FIFI
Bringing the racing to a close in the final heat was ‘Clonleigh Fifi’ with a trap to line performance.
Fast away from a plumb draw in one, ‘Fifi’ led the field rounding the first and held a two length advantage into the back straight from the favourite in second, ‘Colarhouse Patsy’. ‘Patsy’ made some ground rounding the third turn but on the run for home, ‘Fifi’, a daughter of ‘Droopys Jet - Clonleigh Brave’ and owned by Phil and Jim Curtin pulled out all the stops to win by just over a length in 29.27.