Galway was the scene for a number of excellent performances last night and not for the first time, it was Dixie and Brickhill Jethro who went best of all on the night.
Like her brother, Kentucky, Dixie has put together quite a record since beginning her racing career and last night she was chasing a seventh win from just the ten career outings. Running in an A1 550, Tom Burke’s daughter of Jaytee Jet and Droopys Breeze was made to pull out all the stops to see off Ballygibbon Lad in second. Heading to traps the 5/4 favourite, Dixie broke best of all from three and she relished the long run to the corner to go clear into the opening bend. However, Ballygibbon Lad ran a brilliant bend to go second and it was to be nip and tuck between the duo thereafter. Dixie is as tough as old boots however, and although challenged throughout by her rival, she kept plugging away to cross the line three parts of a length better off. A very exciting buckle, the time was a slick 30.05 .10s.
In the very next race, Brickhill Jethro was to get back to winning ways for Albert Long and John Collins.
A winner in 28.95 previously for connections. Brickhill Jethro came away racing from trap one and he showed the superior early foot to go clear into the bend from Cloneyogan Blaze in second. Opening a three length lead down the back, the son of Droopys Sydney and Rathmeehan May was setting a scorching gallop and despite Cloneyogan Blaze making swift progress in the closing stages, Brickhill Jethro proved a length too strong at the winning line. The time was a rapid 28.81 .10s
IN OTHER RACES
In the opening race of the night, Danmar Daniel justified his 4/5 price tag as Danny Potter’s runner produced a career best from trap six. Only a November 19’ whelp, Danmar Daniel disputed early on with Peteles Lord but he soon took control at the second turn. From here, the son of Droopys Buick and Velvet Lilly May drew clear down the back straight and although the fast-finishing Sports Academy made rapid progress in the closing stages, Danmal Daniel held firm to win in a good 29.13 .10s.
The fastest sprint return on the night went to the Stephen Murray-trained Bumblebee Dylan. Owned by Sam Conlon, this greyhound is in a rich vein of form and he continued this last night from trap six. Out like a rocket from his wide berth, Bumblebee Dylan showed serious early gears to slay his rivals in the opening exchanges and despite coursing the hare between the bottom two bends, the 2/1 shot was a class above in coming home just shy of three lengths clear of Caislean Joey in second. The time was 19.21 .5s
In race seven, Five Alley Ted secured a sixth career win for Paul Hogan in an A3 550. A well-marked brindle and white, FIve Alley Ted meant business from the off as he broke well from trap two to head his rivals into the opening bends. It was a closely knit bunch down the back straight but the son of Droopys Jet and Aunty Valerie was to make every inch of the running in recording a two and a half length win over Kilcormack Molly in second. The time for the 3/1 shot was a fast 30.29 .10s.
In the final race of the night, Kilcormack Sky left it late to get back to winning ways for Gerard Finn. A 7/4 market chance, Kilcormack Sky was out with the washing early on as Wee Small Hours showed the way into the back straight. However, making swift progress midway down the back, the son of Taylors Sky and Kilcormack Aine went for a daring run up the inside which ultimately proved decisive. Staying on strongly to get the nod by half a length from Wee Small Hours in second, the time was a smart 29.10 .10s.