Peter Farrell

Patrons would have left Galway Greyhound Stadium with one greyhound on their lips last night as Bonzo Burko produced a sensational performance to land an A6 event in a brilliant calculated time of 28.62.

Owned by Edward Burke, Bonzo Burko is an April 18’ whelp who was stepping out onto the sand for only his second start and after a troublesome debut at Clonmel, the talented brindle wasn’t for catching last night in Connacht. Moderately away wearing the black jacket, Bonzo Burko quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals as he sped away within a matter of stride to take a comfortable lead into the opening corner. From here, the gap widened with every stride and by the time Burke’s charge reached the penultimate corner, he had some twelve lengths in hand. Staying on equally as strong as the opening half of the race, the son of ‘Ballymac Vic - Rocken Pearl’ came home with a bang to record a fourteen and a half length victory to comprehensively justify his starting price of 2/5. The time returned at an impressive 28.72 .10s and this looks a very promising litter indeed as Rocken Pearl has already accounted for many sub 29 second performers such as Burkos Dream and Scran And Peeve. Owned by Stephen Dillon, Rocken Pearl has proved a very useful addition to the breeding paddocks and Bonzo Burko’s future looks particular bright.


Elsewhere on the card, Martin McDonagh notched his winner as Hannover Power stormed home to dip under the 29 second mark.

Slowly into stride from trap two, Hannover Power (Vite Max - French In Black) was closer to the back of the field than the front entering the opening corner but a dream run up the rail softened the blow as he breezed in behind runners. Meanwhile, Grahams Jet had opened a four length lead and he was very much the one to beat as he entered the penultimate corner on his own. However, showing terrific pace from halfway, Hannover Power was in full throttle and flew up the home straight to still have three lengths in hand come the winning line. The time was a very smart 28.98 for the 5/4 market leader.


In other results, Caislean Roddick (Droopys Roddick - Ballyregan Rach) landed the lucky last for owner, Kevin Connolly. Rockalong Aqua led for large parts of this contest but Caislean Roddick had the leader collared by the penultimate turn and he proceeded to fly up the home straight to record a five length victory. The time was a smart 29.04 with the winner returning a 2/1 chance in the market.

John Maher and Richard Pyne notched a winner in race 4 as Ballyvoe Ace came home a comprehensive winner. Quickly into stride wearing stripe, the son of ‘Ballyana Foxtrot - Dooey Ace’ took no prisoners as he flew around the Galway circuit to record a near eight length victory. The time was a good 29.18 with the winner returned a 6/4 joint favourite.

Tiger Roll (Laughil Blake - Goodnight Kate) is entering his fourth year and with his namesake bidding for a third Grand National victory in the coming months, the Rhys Higgins and Michael Connor owned tracker recorded his ninth career victory last night. Fast away in the stripes, ‘Tiger’ made every post a winning one as he accounted for a two length victory, in a fast time of 29.25. The winner returned the 7/4 second favourite.