There have been a number of excellent debut displays at Clonmel greyhound stadium in the past number of weeks and that trend continued last night as Della Street made a winning start for owner Jan Gustavsson.
A handily sized sixty pound daughter of Laughil Blake - Droopys Frizz, Della Street had some modest trials on her book prior to last night but the Declan Byrne trained bitch really came to the fore in last night's ON3 contest. Running from trap two, Della Street didn’t waste any time in flashing from traps to show brilliant early pace and take a healthy advantage into the opening corner. From here, the impressive August 19’ whelp held off the challenge of Cloncunny Walker at the penultimate turn, before powering clear on the run to the line. Four lengths better off at the winning line, the time was a swift 28.92.
GOOD DELIVERS ONCE AGAIN
Droopys Good (Ballybough Mike - Droopys Cuckoo) took the headlines last week after flying around Clonmel to clock 16.18 on debut and he maintained his unbeaten start as he landed race seven in the fastest time of the night.
Owner Paul Carpenter certainly looks to have found a very capable greyhound in the form of Droopys Good and like last week, he quickly put this contest to bed as he pinged from trap one. Defending the rails on the run to the opener, Minor Trump was the nearest rival in second but in truth, Droopys Good was never under any serious pressure and although the gap shortened late on, the promising black crossed the line two and a half lengths better off. The time was a slick 28.79.
BILIBONG STRIDES ON
It certainly was a night to be out and gone at Clonmel and Strides Bilibong also fell into this category as the Sharon Hunt trained dog produced a make all performance.
Owned by Alan Brazier, Strides Bilibong was chasing a fifth career win and his flashing break from two put him well on his way to victory. Taking a comfortable lead into the opening corner, the son of Jaytee Jet - Farranrory Fay held the advantage over Good Cody into the back straight and he kept on well thereafter to score by two and a half lengths. The time was 28.84.
DIALEM LANDS FIRST 325
Clonmel has long been associated with a 300-yard sprint but last night saw the inaugural 325 take place at the Suirview venue and this was landed by Dialem For Madra.
Owned by Niall Quinn, Dialem For Madra was chasing back to back wins and she gave herself an excellent chance of doing so with a lightning break from trap two. Tracking brilliantly around the bottom two bends, the daughter of Confident Rankin - Carlys Quest saw off the early challenge of Wilderness Honey, who led briefly, to cross the line a length and a half clear of her rival. The time was 17.69.
IN OTHER RACES
The opening race of the night resulted in a virtual solo as Golden Blaze led from trap to line for owner Michael Doyle. Only an October 19’ whelp, the son of Candlelight King - Dalcash Devici bounced back from previous defeats to win by ten lengths in a time of 29.40.
The 29 second barrier got a scare in race five as Trinity Sydica ran out a comfortable winner for the Syd-syndicate. Running from trap one, Trinity Sydica was led early on by Woodford Davy but this was short lived as he took advantage of his draw in one to hold the initiative heading into the back. Maintaining a strong hallop thereafter, the son of Droopys Sydney - Madabout Maggie scored by over four lengths in 29.00.
Another greyhound who notched his first win last night was Ballybrazil Cid (Droopys Sydney - Lissies Windfall) as the Jim Scully trained dog made every post a winning one. Coming away well from trap three, John Henebery’s charge stuck to his task well out in front and crossed the line a length and a half clear of Midfield Chick in second. The time was 29.07.
Bogcross Amigo (Clonbrien Hero - Glenbowen Jewel) stepped up brilliantly on his first start to claim the lucky last for owner Noel Culleton. Well away from trap four, this very young September 19’ puppy proved a class above his rivals as he powered to a five length win over Flashy Cooper in second. The time was a good 29.08.