After some tremendous opening round performances, the feature of Thursday’s card at Shelbourne Park were the semis of the gogreyhoundracing.ie Unraced 525 and they certainly didn’t disappoint with both heats won in superb fashion.
Despite weighing 88lbs, Borna Rise looked fleet of foot in the second heat of the Gogreyhoundracing.ie Unraced Sake at Shelbourne on Thursday as he posted a brilliant 28.68 in very impressive fashion.
Two of the best runs of Thursday’s card Shelbourne Park came from a couple of potentially very useful stayers. Matts Mia won the sole 750yd contest by a wide margin in 41.95, while the exciting Triumph took the only 575 in 31.60.
The Derby Festival got off to a good start at Shelbourne on Thursday night with eleven heats of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks and two semi-finals of the Red Mills/ Frightful Flash Kennels Open Unraced Stake.
The Red Mills/ Frightful Flash Kennels Unraced Stake got underway at Shelbourne on Thursday night when Potman, which had been fastest in the Unraced Sales trials, posted the fastest time when coming home in 28.73.
There was a number of exciting finishes at Shelbourne on Thursday night and one of them was to the featured €1,200 BoyleSports A1/2 525 final when PJ Fahy’s Tyrur Carter (Top Honcho/ Mozzletoff) just held off Highview Triller by a head.
The sixth race on the card was a high class Novice 750 and Its Rockin Jim took the jump up to six bends in his stride when outstaying Velvet John Joe at Shelbourne on Thursday.
Brendan Begley’s Black Agenda (Crash/ Maries Pearl) confirmed his promise when a clear cut winner of the Speedrite Dogfood Rose Of Tralee Stake at Tralee on Tuesday night.
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.