Deadly Showtime may have been a red-hot favourite to land the Greyhounds Make Great Pets A2 525 but his kennel companion Carrauntoohil hadn’t read the script and he displayed massive back straight pace to get into contention before holding on in a thrilling finish.
It was actually Highview Secure that came away fastest to lead the field into the turn but Deadly Showtime recovered from a moderate start to challenge on the inside of the leader around the opening two bends.
Once squeezing through on the fence, the favourite seemed likely to score but the Karol Ramsbottom trained Carrauntoohil (Bull Run Bolt/ Ranchers Queen) is extremely fast between the second and third turns and he hit the afterburners passing halfway. Getting up the inside of his kennelmate on the third turn, Carrauntoohil seemed destined to go onto score but e ran out of steam on the run in and came back to his rivals.
Deadly Showtime started to close, as did Highview Lemon. In a desperate finish, the trio crossed the line together. In a desperate finish, Gavin Johns’ Carrauntoohil held on by a short head from Highview Lemon in 29.02 with Deadly Showtime a head away in third.
DOARUN A SUPERB WINNER
The other final up for decision was that of the Nancy Tynan Memorial 600 and Glory Doarun justified long-odds on favouritism with real efficiency.
Sheila Duncan’s exciting son of Droopys Sydney and Glory Kitty broke on term and soon asserted.
Maries Flash quickly moved second but could never threaten the leader. Maintaining a powerful gallop throughout, Glory Doarun emerged a very comfortable and most impressive four length scorer in 32.70. Maries Flash was second with Glengar Pebbles third, just three parts of a length adrift.