Peter Farrell

Cloneyogan Blaze is one of those brilliantly consistent greyhounds and his ninth career success last night at Galway greyhound stadium was the highlight on what was a twelve race card.

Owned by Siobhan Garrahy, Cloneyogan Blaze was hoping to bounce back to winning ways after defeat last time out and he did so in style in the top race of the night, the Talking Dogs TV A1/A2 525. It was Puck Out who led early on from trap three in this contest but holding his rails pitch in one brilliantly rounding the opening turn, the son of Kinloch Brae - Tiermana Rum quickly took control midway down the back straight. Stepping it up a notch in the second half of the contest, Cloneyogan Blaze was in full flow entering the home straight and he powered clear in the closing stages to cross the line with over five lengths to spare over Boyneside Bobby in second. The time was a scorching 28.76 and that brings the career tally of Cloneyogan Blaze to nine wins and twelve seconds, an ultra-consistent greyhound.


There was a trap-to-line victory in race four as In The Form (Pat C Sabbath - Farranrory Fay) bounced back from debut defeat to score in style. Owned by Joe Clancy, In The Form put this contest to bed early on as he flew from trap four to lead Drombeg Mandy into the opening turn. Holding a clear advantage thereafter, the leader maintained a strong gallop throughout and he extended his lead to three and a half lengths at the winning line. The time was 29.15.

There were a number of extended four-bend trips on the card last night at Galway and the best of those winners was Sports Special in race ten. Owned by John Grimes, Sports Special needed every yard of the 575-yard trip to notch her second career victory. A slow break from four saw the daughter of Droopys Nidge - Garrymore Xpress trail the field early on but creeping into contention throughout, Sports Special loomed large rounding the home turn and she turned on the afterburners close home to chin longtime leader, Drombeg Diva, on the line. A neck separating the duo, the time was a smart 31.77.


Elsewhere on the card there was a double for the kennel of Gerard Finn as his litter brothers, Knockmeale Star and Kilcormack Sky landed their respective contests.

There was a lot to like about the performance of Knockmeale Star in race two as he came from off-the-pace to score. Well away wearing the stripes, Knockmeale Star was forced to tuck in behind early on as Drombeg Davy made the early running. However, taking off rounding the bottom two bends, the blue brindle son of Taylors Sky - Kilcormack Aine stormed up the straight to cross the line with almost four lengths to spare. The time was a fast 29.05.

The double was completed in the penultimate race of the night as Kilcormack Sky came home in front in what was an exciting 575-yard contest. This was a very close affair and it was nip and tuck for much of the way as Kilcormack Sky, Ballygibbon Lad and Tigerintempo all held claims heading for home. However, staying on best of all was Kilcormack Sky and he powered across the line to seal a two and a half length victory over Tigerintempo in second. The time was 31.95.


There was another double on the night and this time it was the ‘Rathmeehan’ greyhounds as Rathmeehan Blake landed the opening race of the night, while litter brother Rathmeehan Kane took race three.


Rathmeethan Blake (Laughil Blake - Rathmeehan Holly) was first up in the race one for joint owners John Browne and John Collins. After breaking best of all wearing the stripes, Rathmeehan Blake swept the opening corner to hold all the aces rounding the bottom two bends. Put under big pressure on the run for home by Room To Stop in second, the pocket-sized tracker held firm and he crossed the line with a half a length in hand. The time was 19.76.

The litter double was completed shortly after in race three as Rathmeehan Kane also landed his sprint contest. It was Heresourpaddy who took a ping break from two to lead the field early on but showing fine early dash in behind, Rathmeehan Kane ranged up on the inside and looked a massive threat. Turning for home and John Browne’s charge delivered on that as he produced a late flurry to cross the line two and a half lengths clear of Kylea Star in second. The time was 19.53.