Peter Farrell

There was some fine action on offer last night at Galway Greyhound Stadium and the highlight on the card was a double for the Browne connections as both Burnpark Brae and Burnpark Lexi landed their respective contests.

It was Burnpark Brae who caught the eye most in race eight which was an A4 525. Owned by Maria Browne, Burnpark Brae qualified with ease and despite clocking an estimate of 29.16 on debut, the son of Kinloch Brae - Seekers Vision was hoping to break his duck at the third time of asking. Quickly into stride wearing the red jacket, Burnpark Brae showed a nice turn of early pace to take control on the run to the opening corner and from here, it resulted in a routine victory for the promising October 19’ puppy. Coming home three and a half lengths clear of Brickhill Jethro, who ran well in second, the time was a decent 29.13.

Prior to that performance, Burnpark Lexi made it back-to-back wins for joint owners Michael and Alanna Browne. A winner last time out, this coursing bred daughter of Adios Alonso - Burnpark Grainne showed lovely early dash to lead into the opening corner. Staying on well thereafter, Burnpark Lexi held off Caislean Joey by a length and a quarter to stop the clock in 19.24.


Elsewhere on the card Kilcormack Sky made it three wins on the trot at Galway as the consistent bitch brought her career tally to seven wins.

Owned by Gerard Finn, Kilcormack Sky can do it either from the front or behind and it was the latter strategy she had to apply in a 550-yard event last night. Nicely into stride from trap five, ‘Sky’ ran a very determined opening bend to narrowly show in front heading into the back straight. Setting a decent gallop down the back, the daughter of Taylors Sky - Kilcormack Aine saw off several challenges at this point and on the run for home, she proved a length and a half too strong for Kilbannon Psycho in second. The time was a smart 30.17.


The concluding race of the night saw Cascade King get back to winning ways for owner Jack Browne. A June 19’ son of Droopys Sydney - Coolavanny Spice, Cascade King was quickly into stride from trap four and he justified his even money price tag in opening up an assailable lead midway down the back straight. Keeping on well in the final yards, Cascade Sky ran out a convincing three and a half length winner over Mollrose King in second. The time was 29.06.

Rallying Light posted the fastest time over the two-bend trip in race seven. Owned by the Into-The-West syndicate and trained by Albert Mullins, Rallying Light was seeking back-to-back wins and he showed the superior early gears from trap six to take up the running on the race to the bend. From here, it was a straightforward night’s work for the son of Laughil Blake - Rallying Way as he came home strongly to score by two and a half lengths from Non Stop in second. The time was 19.13.

Bumblebee Daithi is well into his fourth year now but Paddy Burke’s runner is still recording victories and last night brought his tally to eleven wins. The son of Superior Product - Curious Thinking is known for doing his best work late and he once again produced a strong running display from trap two to take up the running at the penultimate turn. From here, it was a question of how far and the Paul Burke trained black crossed the line almost four lengths better off than Inherowntime in second. The time was 29.40.

Ardera Fifi (Skywalker Farloe - Cabra Roxy) was aiming to take her career tally to two wins last night and she duly obliged in race five for the Toi-Toi-Toi syndicate. Quickly away from trap four, Ardera Fifi showed fine early speed to go between runners at the opening bend and take full control. The leader was kept honest throughout by Cragbrien Bengie in second, however, Ardera Fifi prevailed by two and a half lengths at the winning line. The time was 29.36.

There was a first career success by Big Time Vicky (Laughil Blake - Tauriel) in race four as Pauline McNamara’s bitch just held on to deny Raha Ranger. The former broke best of all from trap one and despite her petrol gauge flashing in the latter stages of this 525-yard contest, she showed brilliant guts and determination to claim a neck victory crossing the line. The time was a good 29.29