Shelbourne Park’s Friday night fare offered up some superb performances throughout but the undoubted star was Razldazl Curtis as he posted a brilliant 31.07 for the 575yd trip in the semi finals of the Retired Greyhound Trust A3 575.
A former star in Sweden, he has looked particularly strong in his previous outings around Shelbourne Park and, when getting loose in the early yards, was always going to be too good for his rivals. Trained by Neilus O’Connell for Heike and Juergen Stankewitz, the son of Makeshift and Razldazl Pru raced clear of his rivals into the turn and proceeded to emerge a comfortable three length winner over the always second Roxholme Socks.
TOBACCO DIGS IN
The other heat saw Chew Tobacco lead early before going on to see off Bogger Megan.
Matthew Caul’s Chew Tobacco (Laughil Blake/ Netherville Hawk) proceeded to repel the challenge of those in chase to come home two lengths clear in 31.72.
JOE FASTEST IN A2 525
Coolbeg Joe set the standard in the opening round of the Talking Dogs TV A2 525 when reeling in Youhavenoidea for a half length victory in the first of the four heats.
Pat Geraghy’s son of Ballymac Vic and Coolbeg Gemma was never far adrift and he came through on the run in to score by a half length in 28.61.
Generous Energy made much of the running in Heat 2 to claim a fourth in just his sixth start. Owned by the Eddie Hackett led Dream Killers Syndicate, the son of Ballymac Matt and Overtwoher built a clear advantage to the third turn but he had to dig deep to contain the late charge of Hold Fire Now by a half length in 28.87.
Double Time (Ballymac Vic/ Kilgowan Honey) was on the mark in Heat 3 for Glenn Hunt. Forcing his way through a gap on the turn, he moved on as they entered the back straight and kept finding to repel the persistent challenge of Wayward Teeshot by two and a half lengths in 28.79.
Patanjali got back to winning ways in the final heat, leading for much of the way before kicking off the final turn to see off Jet Stream Debit. Trained by Martin Lanney for Kevin Hutton and S.G Harvey, Patanjali emerged a two length winner in 28.93.
There were some notable runs on the undercard including a dominant display from thee Graham Holland trained Sizzler in the finale over 550yds.
Marian Moloney’s son of Laughil Blake and Illusion Dream relished a step back up in trip and he shot clear to emerge a facile six length winner over Maireads Grace in 29.78.
Fastest run over the standard trip came from Costa Plenti (Droopys Roddick/ Marys Note) in the A1 fifth race. The Jerry Melia trained star never seems to miss the start and he duly shot from traps to make all, holding the strong staying Ardilaun Jo by a short head in 28.55.