There was little doubt who took the headlines at Galway greyhound stadium last night as the McAuliffe kennel notched a double with their greyhounds Drombeg Dream and Drombeg Glory.
However, of the two kennel companions it was Drombeg Dream who stole the show with a brilliant effort in race seven. Jointly owned by Fergal and Evan McAuliffe, Drombeg Dream has some serious runs to his name at numerous tracks so it was no surprise to see the son of Rio Quattro - Honeypound Chick post the figures he did. Bouncing out of trap four, Drombeg Dream quickly opened a healthy advantage on his rivals and he proceeded to set a frantic strong gallop throughout the contest. Extending his advantage to four lengths on the run for home, Drombeg Dream proved too hot to handle for nearest rival Cloneyogan Blaze and he came home five lengths clear in a brisk time of 28.63.
The kennel was clearly in fine fettle prior to Drombeg Dream claiming victory as Drombeg Glory (Droopys Jet - Market Glory) notched a four-timer in race four which was a sprint contest.
Chasing four wins from five starts, Drombeg Glory was once again well away from trap one and she showed the superior early boot to lead her rivals into the opening corner. Tracking well around the bottom two bends, Debra Misty made a good fist of it in the closing stages but Drombeg Glory held firm to win by a length at the winning line. The time was 19.11 for the in-form brindle.
IN OTHER RACES
Jill Be Slick got back to winning ways for the first time since October in race two. Owned by Liam Butler, the daughter of Droopys Roddick - Malteaser broke smartly from trap three to take the early initiative and she kept on well in closing stages to see off the fast finishing Diegos Prince in second. One and a half lengths separating the duo at the line, the time was 31.99 for the 575-yard trip.
The Mullins-Curtin syndicate are never too far away at Galway and they landed race six as Highway Fallout bounced back from debut defeat. Fast away from trap six, Highway Fallout disputed the early lead with Rosshill Billy but soon took control heading into the back straight. From here, the daughter of Ballybough Mike - Fantasy Lane opened a sizable advantage and she stayed on very impressively in the closing stages to record a near nine length victory. The time was 29.03.
Tigerintempo (Droopys Roddick - Scissors) had hit the post on his four previous starts at Galway but he finally got the win in race nine for Clare Gallery and David Ryan. In what was a 550-yard event, Tigerintempo broke best of all from trap three but was outpaced early on by Noelle Torello in four. However, the Gerry Holian trained Tigerintempo wasn’t done yet and he responded by reeling in the leader at the crown of the penultimate bend. Staying on strongly thereafter, Tigerintempo sealed a length and three quarter victory over Noelles Torello at the winning line in a fast time of 30.18.
The last of the notable performances on the night came in the final race as Flyaway Home made it back-to-back wins for trainer Patrick O’Loughlin. Owned by the three-in-one syndicate, Flyaway Home showed a lovely turn of pace from trap six early on to take a clear advantage into the back straight. From here, the daughter of Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady was never under any pressure as she stormed across the line to seal a five and a three parts of a length victory over Inherowntime in second. The time was 29.13.