Peter Farrell

Sweepstake action dominated last night’s Galway card as three graded events, all sponsored by John Grimes got underway at the Connacht venue.

The first event to kick-off was the ‘Welcome Back to Sports A6 525’ and it was both Ferryforth Jess and Holiday Dame who clocked identical times in heats one and three. In the opening heat of the night, Ferryforth Jess broke best of all from trap three but Frank Casey’s bitch was outpaced in the opening yards and was forced to sit fourth entering the back straight. However, the daughter of Rockybay Foley - Lemon Jade upped the ante at halfway and she rallied late on to reel in Grandadsprincess. Three parts of a length separating the duo, the time for the 3/1 market chance was 29.42.

In the final heat of the night, Holiday Dame (Crash - Holiday Madge) matched those figures for owner Niall Bourke. In contrast to Ferryforth Jess, Holiday Dame showed a lovely turn of early zip from trap two to lead early and take a two length lead into the back. Still searching for her first career win, Holiday Dame stretched clear at this point and the result was never in doubt as she extended her lead to come home six and a half lengths clear of Badgerfort Benjy in second. The time for the 3/1 shot was an identical, 29.42.

The remaining heat, which was sandwiched in between the above, was landed by Whitelaced Boots (Droopys Jet - Singing Hen) for joint owners Declan and Keeva Lynam. A 5/4 market leader, Whitelaced Boots made all from his outside berth in six and he was all out to hold off the strong finish of Springwell Mylo at the winning line. Just a half a length in hand, the time was 29.90.


Shortly after, the Welcome Back to Sports A2 525 got underway and although all three heat winners dipped under 29-seconds, it was Springwell Thomo who posted the fastest of the heats. 

Owned by Denis Hannon, Springwell Thomo (Kinloch Brae - Springwell Dotsy) was chasing back-to-back wins but he was led early on as Cascade King set a terrific gallop for the majority of the contest. However, as the duo stretched clear down the back, it quickly became a two-dog affair in which Springwell Thomo was to come out on top. A closely run buckle in the end, Springwell Thomo stayed on best of all to seal a neck victory over Cascade King, who lost nothing in defeat. The time for the 2/1 chance was a slick 28.81.

Next best was Port West Salmon (Droopys Jet - Trout Or Salmon) in heat two as Sean Hackett and PJ Tynan’s bitch made it back-to-back wins with an off the pace performance. It was Pinnacle Abbie who led early on in this contest but Port West Salmon, wearing the red jacket, can stay further and she duly asserted entering the home straight to storm past the long-time leader and seal a half length victory. A 3/1 market chance, the time was a swift 28.97.

The opening heat of the night was also landed by a strong running bitch and this time, it was Eileens Best who sealed a seventh career win for owner Michael Corrigan. Heading to traps a 2/1 chance, Eileens Best broke well from trap one and she took control upon entrance to the back straight. From here, it was a comfortable night’s work for the daughter of Ballymac Eske - Eileens Blue as she stormed clear to account for Mollrose King by four and three parts of length. The time was 28.98.



The final sweepstake to get underway on last night’s Galway card was the Welcome Back to Sports A3 550 and it was Mollrose Brandy who proved too hot to handle to record a smashing victory.

Owned by Ger Cremin, Mollrose Brandy went to traps an even money chance and he certainly justified those odds with a runaway victory. Coming through the bars of trap four, the fawn and white quickly took control of this contest as he swooped the opening corner to take a commanding lead into the back. It was one-way traffic thereafter for the son of Ballymac Matt - Laughil Linda as Cremin’s charge maintained a ferocious gallop to come home eight lengths clear of Hazelhill Hare in second. The time was a very quick 30.05.

Next best came in heat three as Denis Hannon recorded a double on the night with Springwell Janey holding on gamely to claim the win. Fast away from trap three, Springwell Janey, a 3/1 chance, showed narrowly in front of Upandatit down the back straight and despite the constant threat of the latter, the daughter of Kinloch Brae - Springwell Dotsy, a sister to earlier winner Springwell Thomo, stuck to her guns well to record a neck victory. The time was 30.45.

The opening heat of the night was landed by Pinnacle Rio as he led from trap to line for owner Michael Costello. Quickest into stride from trap four, Pinnacle Rio shot straight to the rails and saved every yard as he sealed a brilliant tenth career victory. Staying on well late on, the son of Rio Quattro - Fawn Samantha was a length and three parts better off than the fast finishing Croaghill Linda at the line. The time for the 3/1 shot was 30.51.