A SWEET DISPLAY FROM LOLLIPOP MAN

A SWEET DISPLAY FROM LOLLIPOP MAN

Peter Farrell

Fire Height Brid has made the headlines in the past for producing some top trackers and she looks to have turned out another in the form of Lollipop Man who was the star at Clonmel Greyhound stadium last night.

Owned by the ADGP syndicate, Lollipop Man had some fine qualifying trials to his name prior to his racing debut but was luckless in his two starts at Tralee before the forced break. However, a solid 17.70 trial back outlined his wellbeing and with a pedigree which warrants huge respect, Lollipop Man was going to take some stopping from trap five. Well away, the son of Kinloch Brae never saw another tail throughout the curtain closer as he galloped out majestically to a comfortable victory. There were four and a half lengths between himself and Black Moll at the winning line as the time read an impressive 28.76. One suspects there is more to come in the coming months from this fellow.

AKAY FORTY SEVEN STRIKES LATE

In what was a night of some quality racing, Akay Forty Seven was ultra-impressive in her first career start for owners Sean Bourke and Alan Kelly.

A well-made 75 pound daughter of ‘Holdem Spy - Mustang Vienna’, Akay Forty Seven qualified with ease in recent weeks but had to do things the hard way as she had to come through runners to land the spoils in race seven. Doubtful Guy was quickest into stride from trap one and led into the opening corner from Golden Tiger in second. ‘Akay’ lay in fourth place down the back straight but began making eye-catching ground rounding the bottom two corners. In full flow with the winning line in sight, this well bred youngster has a big future as she flew up the home straight to chin Golden Tiger by a neck on the line. The time was a very fast 28.98 and that is the second winner for Mustang Vienna inside a week after Mustang Firmino recorded a sensational 28.33 last Friday night.

O’HANLON DOUBLE

Elsewhere on the card it was a fruitful night for Tipperary trainer Aaron O’Hanlon as he notched a double with his greyhounds Blue Rajah and Paper Planes.

Blue Rajah got the ball rolling in the second race of the night with a dominant display from trap four. Quickly into stride, the son of ‘Ballymac Vic - Tyrur Pinky’ has certainly matured in his six months away from racing as he was well on his way to doubling his career tally midway down the back straight. Never under any threat, Blue Rajah stayed on well to record a convincing nine length victory over his nearest rival, Bobs Charm in second. The time was a decent 29.44.

Soon after, Paper Planes followed up Blue Rajah with a trap to line display in race five. A full brother to the latter, Paper Planes had also been off the circuit for some five months and his only victory had come on his very first start in May of 2019. That said, it was a very welcome sight to see the black jacket spring out in front early doors. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, Cloncunny Comet made a race of it late on with a strong finish but Paper Planes held firm for the win. A length between the two come the winning line, the time was a good 29.32.

SOCKS HACKS UP

Ballymac Vic accounted for three race winners last night at Clonmel and Moorstown Socks was another who produced a solid performance for owner, Joseph O’Flaherty.

Moorstown Socks has only had the four starts but has taken to racing like a duck to water and was two from three at Cork prior to the stoppage in racing. Last night however, was to be her best performance to date as the daughter of ‘Ballymac Vic - Moorstown Misha’ popped out in front for the first time. Leading throughout, there was no catching O’Flaherty’s bitch as she stormed to a near eight length success. The time was a fast, 29.01.