While the kennel stars were living up to their reputation with brilliant performances at Shelbourne, trainer John Linehan had further cause for joy when Droopys Ideal (Yeah Man/ Droopys Muriel) produced an amazing performance in winning the final of the €1,500 Cork GOBA Past Presidents A3 Stake at Curraheen Park.
The massive standard set in the early rounds of the Sporting Press MicrodogID Oaks was well and truly maintained in Saturday’s quarter-finals when we were served up a succession of high class performances.
The Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger got away at Limerick on Saturday with just two of the ten favourites obliging on what was a good night for the layers.
Pat Hogan’s reigning champion Aulton Jet (Droopys Jet/ Heathlawn Flame) is hot on the trail of retaining his Agri-Stores Fair Warrior Sprint at Mullingar following a brilliant second round victory on Saturday.
There were a number of brilliant performances at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night with the fairer sex providing top class fare in the second round of the Sporting Press Micro Dog ID Irish Oaks.
Owned and trained by Andrew O’Sullivan, Lisnaboy Scolari (Droopys Scolari/ Schamazing) got up late to land the €2,000 Sean O’Neill Memorial A2 final at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
There was some fine fare on the ICAN fundraiser at Limerick on Saturday with pride of place going to the Graham Holland trained Drive On Tipp (Droopys Scolari/ Mohane Patient) as he led all the way when winning the Towcester Open 550.
The final of the Birmingham Hooper Dolan Insurances A1 600 was run at Limerick on Saturday and the €1,700 prize was claimed by the Michael Costello and Frank O’Donnell owned Lassa Exquisite.
If ever a dog was well named it was Good News and he lived up to his title in truly majestic style as he captured the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
The exploits of Rockybay Foley have escaped rather below the radar but his performance on Saturday when winning the Curraheen Bookmakers Getting Out 525 certainly deserves notable mention.
The Greyhound & Petworld Stake semi-finals were run at Curraheen Park on Saturday and it was the Pat Norris trained Obair Deanta (Sparta Maestro/ Borna Client) which emerged as the fastest qualifier and winning the second heat in 28.79.
Heavy rain made for a difficult night at Kilcohan Park where the semi-finals of the Noel Ryan Tree Surgeon Munster Oaks topped the bill and the Pat Buckley trained Pennylane Lucky (Ballymac Vic/ Pennylane Lace) emerged as the fastest qualifier.
Two first time six-bend performers won their respective heats of the Cambridgeshire at Limerick on Saturday but it was Oakfront Oreo which made the headlines.
Lughill Robbie is quickly developing into a sprinter of some note and he captured the second race over the minimum trip in some style for Graham Holland and Larry O’Rourke.
The Greyhound & Petworld A1 Stake got underway at Curraheen Park on Saturday when Frank Dwan’s Boherna Jay (Taylors Sky/ Glengal Girl) produced a strong run in the concluding heat as she stopped the clock in 28.48.
Brian Divilly’s Crafty Trivago (David Bale/ Noelles Swiftco) returned from her lengthy break and looked every bit as good as ever when flying around Waterford in 28.41 in the heats of the Noel Ryan Tree Surgeon Munster Oaks on Saturday.
Holycross Lad was a deserving and impressive winner of the €6,100 Connolly’s Red Mills Unraced final at Curraheen Park on Saturday night when clocking a fastest of the night 28.22 for the 525 yards.
Crohane Ronnie (Godsend/ Moorstown Misha), which had finished third behind Clares Rocket in the 2016 Produce Stakes final at Clonmel, gained a career best victory when winning the €8,700 Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup final at Thurles on Saturday.
Owned by Laura O’Sullivan, Vardy (Zero Ten/ Paradise Maria) was easily the star of the Red Mills Unraced semi-finals at Curraheen on Saturday.
There was another terrific session of racing at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with a series of brilliant performances.
The Owen McKenna trained Cahir Castle (Ninja Jamie/ Sporting Dame) stormed to victory in the first semi-final of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup at Thurles on Saturday.
Results didn’t go quite according to plan in the second round of the Red Mills Unraced Stake at Curraheen with Laura O’Sullivan’s Vardy (Zero Ten/ Paradise Maria) turning on the style in winning the second heat in 28.44.
The Peter Davis owned College Jade (Mall Brandy/ College Maybe) landed the odds when winning the final of the Michael Conway Memorial Guineas at Waterford on Saturday night.
There was quite a turn-up in the final of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes at Shelbourne on Saturday night as 7-1 chance Jaytee Yankee came away racing and was never headed as he credited trainer Paul Hennessy with a fifth victory in the €20,000 feature while owner John Turner was on hand to accept the trophy.
Despite all the counter-attractions there was a very good turn-out at Shelbourne on Saturday night for a high-class programme which featured the semi-finals of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes and a terrific supporting card.
Last year’s Laurels winner Skywalker Manner (Leeview Jet/ Jibberish) came roaring back to top form when fastest in the second round of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup at Thurles on Saturday.
Peter Cronin is certainly building up a strong kennel of younger dogs and he had a sparkling double in the heats of the valuable Connolly’s Red Mills Unraced Stake at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
Gerry Holian’s Caislean Fifi (Superior Product/ Ballyregan Fifi) turned in another superb performance as he scored an emphatic victory in the second semi-final of the James Horan Memorial at Galway on Saturday night.