Niall Collins recorded another fine double at the Youghal greyhound track Friday night.
Having been eliminated in the first round, Noel Browne’s Coolavanny Dream (Laughil Blake/ Toms Delight) got back into the first semi-final and she duly showed what had been expected of her in the first round.
Local trainer Murt Leahy has a strong team on duty in the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup at Kilkenny where he had a first round double with Lemon Ollie and Ballybough Dad in the first round on Friday.
Highlight of the Friday action at Limerick was victory for a brace of debutants for owner, breeder and trainer Philip Buckley as the Tipperary kennels registered an early double to begin the busy weekend schedule on the Dock Road.
With just a sole meeting at Galway this week, owner trainer Brian Johnson seized his Friday opportunity to advance the already brilliant strike-rate for his July 2016 litter out of first time dam Way Out, by 2015 English Derby winner Rio Quattro.
Eugene Buckley was in lethal form on Friday night at HQ as he struck with a wonderful hat trick in the fastest time possible.
Following a slick debut appearance when claiming his opening round heat of the Rural Hawaii @ Stud Unraced 525 Yard Stake for the sponsoring O’Dwyer family in mid-January, Rural Aloha (Kinloch Brae/Duck Fat) would endure a luckless outing when eliminated from that prestigious event next time.
For once pre-competition expectations were justified in a major final as the 4-7 favourite Skywalker Tuco ran out a deserving and decisive winner of the €6,000 Rural Hawaii @ Stud Open Unraced final at Clonmel on Sunday night.
Take your pick between the words dramatic and chaotic in an attempt to describe the happenings in the two semi-finals of the Rural Hawaii @ Stud semi-finals at Clonmel on Sunday evening. The material in both races would be ideal stuff for a “What Happened Next” quiz.
Noel Browne’s Coolavanny Ella (Tyrur Big Mike/ Yahoo Perlena) produced the best time in the semi-finals of the Suirview Kennels AO/1 Bitch Stake at Clonmel on Friday.
Following his shock first round defeat, Skywalker Tuco left no doubts in anybody’s mind on Sunday night as he produced a scorching run in winning Heat 2 in the second round of the Rural Hawaii @ Stud Open Unraced Stake at Clonmel.
There were three finals down for decision at Shelbourne on Friday night and the top contest was the final of the BoyleSports A1/2 550.
The weather was deplorable at Galway on Friday night but the much anticipated Headford versus Mervue challenge duly went ahead and the crowd was treated to a thrilling battle with victory going to the red-hot favourite Sellout Magic.
It had the appearance of a great race in advance and so it proved with the Owen McKenna trained Holycross Lad (Shaneboy Lee/ Good Sarah) held off the strong late challenge of Coolavanny Mason by half a length in the final of the T. Nolan CVRT Test Centre Kingdom Derby at Tralee on Friday.
Pat Buckley, who had lost out narrowly in the Kingdom Derby final at Tralee, was on the other side of the result at Curraheen Park where the Austin Whelan owned Droopys Dargle snatched a late neck success over Lisloose Kingdom in 31.13 to claim the O’Leary’s Driving School Open 575.
Brian Robinson’s Sheanadoah (Gold Slipalong/ Global Liberty) completed his unbeaten path through the An Cu Veterinary A3 at Dundalk on Friday.
John Turner’s Jaytee Patriot confirmed his standing as Ireland’s top ultra-marathon performer with a record breaking display in the final of the Best Car parks Marathon at Shelbourne Park on Friday night.
Whoops Jack easily justified red-hot favouritism in the final of the €5,000 Gold Collar at Shelbourne on Friday night as he once again dominated from the drop of the hat.
Jaytee Patriot made amends for his hugely disappointing run in the first round when an easy winner of the first semi-final of the Best Car Parks Marathon at Shelbourne on Friday night.
Pat Buckley’s “Mr Consistency” Coolavanny Mason produced yet another great run as he won the second semi-final of the T. Nolan Kingdom Derby at Tralee on Friday night.
It was surely appropriate that the dog called Uncle Wexford (Taylors Sky/ Lodgefield Chloe) should prove successful in the final of the Speedrite Open Unraced Stake at Enniscorthy on Friday night.
Nick Nolan’s Triangle Rinty (Ballymac Vic/ Triangle Beyonce) continued on his winning way in the final of the Track Supporters’ Stake at Kilkenny on Friday.