The final race meeting before Christmas took place at Galway Greyhound Stadium last night and it turned out to be a fruitful night’s work for local trainer, Martin Fahy as he notched a double with Knockdine Me Da and Gunner Robin.
The quickest of the Fahy double came in the final race of the night, the ‘Hit or Bust 525’ with Gunner Robin. Owned by Gary Mahon, Gunner Robin was chasing her seventh career win which would keep her 50% win rate intact and she was quickly into stride from trap six to dictate early on. Narrowly headed by Domino Burko who occupied 5/4 favouritism with ‘Robin’, it was nip and tuck for much of the way with little quarter given between the pair. However, despite taking the scenic route around the bottom two corners, Gunner Robin, a daughter of ‘Tullymurry Act - Gunner Maisie’ showed the superior stamina and stormed over the line a length to the good in a time of 29.03. An ultra-consistent bitch for the Mahon/Fahy combination.
DA KICK-STARTS DOUBLE
Earlier in the night, Martin Fahy got his double off to a positive start when Knockdine Me Da came home a comfortable winner of the ‘Barking Buzz App 525’.
Owned by Helen O’Brien, is another mighty consistent greyhound with six win, ten seconds and nine thirds to his name prior to last night. Running from the stripes, Knockdine Me Da was swiftly into stride and swooped the opening bend to take control. Striding out impressively down the back straight, it quickly became a two dog affair between ‘Me Da’ and Misunderstood in second. However, Knockdine Me Da wasn't for catching and he stayed on well to record a two and a quarter length victory in a time of 29.22. The blue returned a 6/4 chance in the market.
TIGER ON A ROLL
The fastest return of the night came from Tiger Roll in the ninth race which was the ‘Happy Christmas to all patrons 525’.
Jointly owned by Rhys Higgins and Michael Connor, Tiger Roll (Laughil Blake - Goodnight Kate) was hoping for an eighth career win and he was expertly into stride wearing the orange jacket to dictate proceedings into the opening turn. Followed in second by Cloneyogan Dazl, ‘Tiger’ held a comfortable advantage down the back straight. With 100 yards to go, the petrol light was flashing on the leader but he held on gallantly to deny the fast finishing Cloneyogan Dazl and claim a half length victory. The time was a very slick 28.96 and favourite backers were rewarded with the winner returned a healthy 6/4.
NOTE - There will be ‘Night of Finals’ at Galway Greyhound Stadium on December 28th which promises to produce a feast of racing for patrons to enjoy.