Peter Farrell

There were a string of brilliant performances at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium last night but it was Zoomey Blaze who took the headlines after a sensational effort for trainer Maurice Organ.

A winner on his last outing at the Suirside circuit in 28.63, Zoomey Blaze is clearly in the form of his life as he stepped up once more on that effort to record a career-best 28.48 last night. Chasing an eighth career win, Zoomey Blaze, jointly owned by Daniel Gibbons and Stan Boles, took an absolute flier from trap three as he posted a sensational 2.69 sectional to leave the field for dust early doors. The son of Droopys Roddick and Nans Rocky had already established a four length lead upon entrance to the back straight and as he set a scorching gallop, he stopped the third bend sectional clock at a serious 15.97. Chased in second by Pepe Le Pew at this point, the latter was beginning to eat into the leaders once sizable advantage. However, Zoomey Blaze got a second wind in the closing stages and he stayed on stoutly to claim a two length win over Pepe Le Pew in 28.48. A magnificent effort from the Maurice Organ-trained greyhound.


On the night where the clock was taking quite a touch at Clonmel, Blastoff Butch was next best as he emerged an excellent winner of race nine as he made it back-to-back wins.

Owned by the West-Ham-Syndicate, Blastoff Butch was a nice winner in 29.16 on his his last outing at Clonmel but he stepped up on that performance in emphatic fashion last night as he dismantled his A2 contest. Quickly into stride from trap four, Blastoff Butch dictated the early running with Padraigs Dream in six but soon take a two length lead into the back straight. Setting a franic gallop down the back, Blastoff Butch posted an impressive 16.13 sectional to the third turn and it was clear he was producing a fizzing run out in front. The son of Droopys Jet and Blastoff Sally stepped it up further between the bottom two bends and he extended his advantage to four lengths over Padraigs Dream at the winning line as the time returned a red-hot 28.66. A very nice performance from the February 19’ whelp.


There were a couple of good class sprint contests on the card last night but it was Longview Jack who went marginally quickest in race six, an Open/S2 300.

Owned by Kathryn Ryan, Longview Jack has established himself as a very nice sprinter around Clonmel and his 16.29 performance a few weeks back meant he went into last night’s event as a leading player. It was Corcass Hope who showed first from trap five but within a matter of strides, Longview Jack displayed immediate acceleration from three to blitz the field into the opening corner. From here, the son of Laughil Blake and Sarahs Turbo dominated proceedings and he stayed on well close home to see off Faithful Terry by two and a half lengths. The time was a scorching 16.21.


Just a couple of races later, Jovial Dash followed suit as William O’Connell’s charge doubled his career tally to two wins. 

After leading for much of the way in his last two 525-yard outings at Youghal, it made sense that Jovial Dash dropped back in trip and it paid dividends as he emerged a comfortable winner. Bolting from trap four, the son of Droopys Jet and Croom Bells displayed brilliant early pace to take a commanding lead into the opening corner. It was a straightforward victory thereafter as he pressed home his advantage to see off Greenane Buster by three and a half lengths. The time was a swift 16.28.


In race two, Zippy Sprite made it back-to-back wins for Paula Hoban with a fine performance. Running from trap one, Zippy Sprite broke well but was headed early on by Ericks Beauty. However, the daughter of Droopys Roddick and On Stage Leah railed well to take control down the back and as trouble ensued in behind, she saw off Lisnakill Laurie by one length at the winning line. The time was 28.97.

Jumpy John produced a career best effort in race four as he comfortably dipped under 29-seconds for Elizabeth Sives. Without a win since May, Jumpy John pinged the lids from trap three to take control approaching the opening corner. From here, it was a routine victory for the heavyweight son of Sonic and Exciting Style as he set a powerful gallop to come home a seven and a half length winner over Faithful Sarah in second. The time was 28.80.

Five Alley Crakl may have entered his fifth year this month but the veteran is showing no signs of slowing down based on another good victory last night. Owned by Paul Hogan, Five Alley Crakl was chasing a brilliant 15th career victory but he had to do things the hard way after a sluggish start from trap three saw him trail the field early on. However, the son of Skywlaker Puma and Maldini Pops knows Clonmel better than most and he began to motor around the bottom two bends to put himself firmly in the mix. Flying up the home straight thereafter, Five Alley Crakl stormed past Mohane Maggie to claim a length and a half victory crossing the line. The time was 28.98.