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Seamus Cahill’s English Derby hero Astute Missile returned from his serious injury on Sunday night and Towcester and ran a fine race to qualify in third place behind Dorotas Wildcat and King Eden in Heat 2 of the Astute Electronics Gold Cup at Towcester.
British tracks also suffered at the hands of Storm Emma and the associated snow and the big sufferer was the first round of the Astute Electronics Gold Cup at Towcester.
The warm favourite Shotgun Bullet duly obliged in the final of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford on Tuesday night, dominating throughout to see off the plucky Mrs Roo.
The team of Brendan Keogh and his KSS Syndicate team, their tracker King Elvis and trainers Liz and Rab McNair swept the boards in the British Greyhound Awards which was staged in the Park Plaza.
Towcester Track yesterday announced that they will be staging a valuable new competition, the Astute Electronics Towcester Gold Cup in March.
The Jimmy Buckley owned Jumeirah Charm and Jumeirah Lolls maintained their unbeaten runs through the Greyhound Media Group Oaks when scoring very impressive victories in Saturday’s second round at Belle Vue.
Jimmy Buckley’s flying bitches flew the Irish flag strongly in the first round of the Greyhound Media Group Oaks at Belle Vue on Saturday.
The two-strong Irish challenge for the William Hill St Leger got off to the perfect start at Perry Barr on Sunday afternoon.
Robert Gleeson had a reasonably successful visit to Sunderland on Tuesday where he had a finalist in both the major finals and saw Toolmaker Obama finish second in the William Hill Classic over 450 metres.
Irish born Seamus Cahill achieved a life’s ambition at Towcester tonight when he won the €175,000 Star Sports English Derby final with the rank outsider Astute Missile.
Clares Rocket was simply sensational at Towcester on Saturday night as he continued his unbeaten passage through the Star Sports English Derby with a dominant display of front running, while PJ Fahy’s Tyrur Shay also ran a massive race to qualify in second, again unleashing a potent finishing kick.
It was yet another great night for the Irish when the quarter-finals of the Star Sports English Derby were run at Towcester on Tuesday night. But the subsequent draw for the semi-finals saw all four pitched in together in the second heat on Saturday night.
A number leading fancies fell by the wayside in the third round of the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester on Saturday night while a number of fancied Irish runners also bit the dust.
There were sixteen Irish runners in the Star Sports English Derby heats at Towcester on Saturday and there were great Irish successes with Ballinakil Clare and Jaytee Yankee but eight of our runners failed to qualify and two of them were the hotly fancied Droopys Wilbury and Vancouver Shea.
It was quite a night for the Irish raiders when the second round of the Star Sports English Derby commenced at Towcester on Friday.
It was quite a night for the Irish at Towcester last night when the first round of the Star Sports English Derby came to a conclusion.
Following a successful start to the Star Sports English Derby on Thursday night the second session on Friday was a night many of the Irish will wish to forget.
Clares Rocket may have failed to do himself justice in his two previous runs at Towcester but he set the place alight when running away with Heat 6 in the first round of the Star Sports English Derby last night.
The draw was made early this afternoon for the first round of the Star Sports English Derby which commences at Towcester on Thursday.
A little over a week before the Star Sports English Derby gets underway, Peter Cronin was given a timely boost at Kinsley on Tuesday night as Cometwopass claimed a richly deserved success in the valuable Betfred Gymcrack.
Ireland landed a hat-trick of victories at Towcester on Saturday night where there were eleven trial stakes in all ahead of the Star Sports English Derby.
Peter Cronin ended a busy weekend in England on a winning note when Cometwopass was a runaway winner of the third semi-final of the Betfred Gymcrack over 462 metres at Kinsley on Sunday.
It was a case of so, so close to a second RPGTV Scottish Derby success for Pat Buckley in Shawfield on Saturday but instead it was an amazing seventh victory in the classic for the legendary Charlie Lister as the puppy Dorotas Woo Hoo proved himself a real champion.
Peter Cronin made a successful first visit to Kinsley yesterday with Cometwopass a hugely impressive first round winner in the £8.000 Betfred Gymcrack over 462 metres.
Irish runners have quite a good record in the RPGTV Scottish Derby and there will be two Irish finalists at Shawfield next Saturday.
A tardy start cost Ireland’s Jaytee Patriot a place in the final of the Coral Regency at Hove as he finished third behind Rubys Rascal and Aayamza Breeze in Thursday’s semis.