SWIFT RUN FROM CLONBRIEN AS SKYWALKER BOOKS KIRBY TICKET

Peter Farrell

The featured races on a 9 race Clonmel card last night were the two semi finals of the ‘Spring A1/A2 550’ which produced a sensational run from the Graham Holland trained ‘Clonbrien Swift’ and the ‘Con & Annie Kirby Memorial’ trial stake, landed in fine style by Ray Patterson’s ‘Skywalker Wonder’.


JASON FASTEST IN GALWAYS BUMBLEBEE HEATS

Peter Farrell

Sponsored by Paddy Burke, five heats of the €1600 to the winner ‘Bumblebee Kyne Loves Racing A7 525’ took precedence at Galway stadium last night with the fastest of the round going to ‘Kynes’ kennelmate ‘Bumblebee Jason’.


BULLET LIKE RUN FROM LEXIE AT CLONMEL

Peter Farrell

The semi finals of the €1400 to the winner ‘Friends of Clonmel Track Lotto 525’ took centre stage on an eight race card at the Suirside venue last night and it was the Derek Loughnane owned ‘Lexie The Bullet’ who recorded the fastest of the two semis.


TUNNELROAD MOVES WITH GRACE

Michael Fortune

Tunnelroad Grace made the most of a dream draw on Friday night at HQ to land the feature, the final of the €1,200 Ladbrokes A3 Tri Distance over 600yds.


BELLA BEST OF ALL IN CLONMEL TRACK LOTTO UNRACED

Peter Farrell

Boasting a winner’s prize of €1400, four heats of the ‘Friends of Clonmel Track Lotto Unraced 525’ took precedence at Clonmel last night and it was the Lorna O’Donovan owned ‘Vita Bella’ who went quickest, clocking a fast 28.99.


DOUBLE FOR BURKE THE GALWAY HIGHLIGHT

Peter Farrell

Last night Galway’s meeting included a 10 race program where the highlight saw another nice double for brothers Paddy & Paul Burke with ‘Bumblebee Shadow’ recording the fastest time of the session.


LADY LEAVES IT TO LAST MINUTE

Michael Fortune

Last Minute Lady lived up to her name in Friday’s feature at Shelbourne Park, the final of the Try A Trio A4 Bitch 525 as she left it late to finally get to the front in the €800 decider.


UNRACED BITCHES INSEPARABLE AT NEWBRIDGE

Michael Fortune

Three of the six winners clocked the identical joint fastest times in the opening round of the Red Mills/ NTSC Open Unraced Stake at Newbridge on Friday evening.


DAPPER DON ONE TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Michael Fortune

Winetavern Don provided further evidence at a busy Shelbourne Park on Friday night that he is a greyhound with a bright future as he ran out an impressive winner of the €800 A4 525 final.


DRUMCROW A YOUNG EXPERT

Michael Fortune

Flying first round winner Eaton Meadow was a non-runner in Friday’s second round of the February Novice Open 400 but a new clear favourite emerged as Drumcrow Expert raced to a four and a half length victory in 21.28, the same time as recorded by Eaton Meadow in the first round.


BILLY JETS IN TO CLONMELS KILLEE TOWN UNRACED

Peter Farrell

The four second round heats of the ‘Killee Town Open Unraced 525’ were very much the feature at Clonmel last night and it was a scorching run by the Liam Ryan owned ‘Billys Jet’ that set tongues wagging.


RED LETTER DAY FOR BURKE’S BUMBLEBEE’S AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

There was a lot happening on last night’s Galway card with two unraced finals the main attraction and it was a treble for the ‘Bumblebee’ prefix, owned by Paddy Burke which got heads turning.


NIDGE POWERS TO 600 SUCCESS

Michael Fortune

There were some fine displays at HQ on Friday night but the headline went to Eunan McBride’s Tadhgs Nidge as he produced a gutsy display to claim a deserved victory in the final of the €800 Best Car Parks A3 600.


LUKE FASTEST IN KILLEE TOWN UNRACED AT CLONMEL

Peter Farrell

Clonmel featured six heats of the ‘Killee Town Open Unraced 525’ last night and there was enough quality on show to whet the appetite for the weekend ahead with the fastest of the heat winners being the Michael O’Donovan trained ‘Vigorous Luke’.


CLAREGALWAY LAD CONTINUES TO IMPRESS AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

Semi finals of the ‘Galway Greyhound Stadium Unraced 525’ were the feature of last night’s card and the Pat Guilfoyle trained ‘Claregalway Lad’ picked up where he left off in the last round, winning in fine style.


SARA JANE TO PUNTERS RESCUE

Michael Fortune

Friday’s card at Shelbourne featured four finals and each provided an impressive winner although three of the four didn’t exactly go to script.


DEADLY DOUBLE IN CLONMEL FINALS AS BELLA BOLTS UP

Peter Farrell

Last night’s Clonmel card featured the ‘Friends of Clonmel Track Lotto’ finals and you would have gotten short odds on Garry Hannon bagging a double when his ‘Deadly’ duo went to traps in their respective finals.


STAC ANOTHER MURRAY FLYING MACHINE

Michael Fortune

On Thursday night trainer Francie Murray produced the talk of the track as Lochnagar won his first ever race in 28.20 by a wide margin.


DER SHOWS THE WAY IN NEWBRIDGE SEMIS

Michael Fortune

The Alan Troy handled maintained his unbeaten record when a clear cut winner of the Sizzler Deal Open Unraced second semi-final at Newbridge on Friday.


IZZY AGAIN THE DUNNE UNRACED STAR AT KILKENNY

Michael Fortune

Trained by Sean Dooley for Caroline Hutton, Slaneyside Izzy (Pat C Sabbath/ Slaneyside Selma) has dominated the Pat Dunne Track Vet Unraced at Kilkenny and she stormed into the €2,000 final with an easy semi-final success on Friday.


CONNECTIONS BUZZING AS KYNE MARKS 150TH APPEARANCE WITH A WIN

Peter Farrell

It was an all graded affair at Galway last night and the weather wasn’t the only thing whipping up a storm as Paddy Burke’s veteran tracker ‘Bumblebee Kyne’ marked his 150th career appearance with a win.


CLONCUNNY FASTEST OF THE FINALS AT CLONMEL

Peter Farrell

After Monday’s brilliant night of racing at Clonmel, topped off with an excellent display by ‘Fainne Chiarrai’ in the Rural Hawaii @ Stud Open Unraced, there was another five finals down for decision on last night’s card.


KEANE DOUBLES UP AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

A mixture of sprint and middle distance unraced sweepstakes were the theme on Galway’s Friday night card but it was a double for Co. Clare owner Thomas Keane which was the highlight of the night.


SHAWS SAFFRON AN EXCITING SORT

Barry Drake

Shaws Saffron (Ballymac Vic-Shaws Impact) looks a lady with a very bright future after posting a stunning performance to win Friday night's €800 final of the Kingdom Stadium Novice Stake at Tralee.


VICKI RISES TO THE OCCASION IN GUYS & DOLLS SEMIS

Peter Farrell

Clonmel’s Friday card featured the two semi finals of the €2500 to the winner ‘Greyhound Store A3/A4 Guys & Dolls’ stake and the last chance in which the dogs and bitches were to be separated.


MIGHTY MOUSE

Michael Fortune

After an impressive semi final display seven days earlier, Town Mouse came home fastest to win Friday’s feature at Shelbourne Park, the €850 final of the Dublin Coach A4 Dual Distance.


JASON LOOKS A SUPERB PROSPECT

Michael Fortune

Leading breeder Paddy Kehoe has produced a host of champions from his kennel over the years and he has struck again with Forest Jason which repeated last week’s excellent run when running away with a semi-final of an A3 Stake at Newbridge on Friday.


NIGHT OF SHOCKS IN GUY & DOLLS

Peter Farrell

Second round heats of the ‘Greyhound Store A3/A4 Guys & Dolls’ stake were the feature on last night’s Clonmel card and it proved to be a night of shocks with the hotpots in both sections going down to defeat.


HOP IS ON THE BALL

Michael Fortune

Friday’s card at Shelbourne Park threw up some fine displays but none more so than that of Hop The Ball as she posted a rapid 31.18 on her way to winning the A2 eleventh race over the 575yd trip.


LEEROY AND VICKY SET THE BAR IN GUYS & DOLLS AT CLONMEL

Peter Farrell

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.


LITTER BROTHERS CATCH THE EYE IN TRALEE

Barry Drake

Litter brothers Killahan Wonder and Black Desire both impress when winning around the Tralee circuit on Friday night.


TRAINER DENIS FITZGERALD RECORDS A SUPERB DOUBLE AT CURRAHEEN PARK

Barry Drake

Trainer Denis Fitzgerald was on double form in Curraheen Park on Friday night as his two winners posted the quickest times of the night.


NEW YEAR DOUBLES AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

Galway hosted their first meeting of 2019 last night and there was double successes on the card for both the O’Loughlin connections of Clare and also for Tipperary trainer Thomas Ryan.


FIVE NOT OUT FOR CONGO

Peter Farrell

As previewed earlier, ‘Congo Kelly’ was bidding for a five-timer at Clonmel when lining up in the final of the ‘Christmas Cracker A3 525’ and he duly obliged, providing his owner William Esmonde with a €1300 early Christmas present.