Ian Fortune

There was a wonderful finish to the valuable Lodgefield Kennels A3 525 at Shelbourne Park on Friday night with Enthusiast getting up in the dying yards to claim the €2,000 prize for Newry maestro Brendan Matthews.

From the outset this was hugely competitive with the fast starting Droopys Gambler and Enthusiast joined by Cappuccino into the opening bend. The latter shot between the pair to lead into the back

straight but Enthusiast and Droopys Gambler were always on his heels.

Into the third turn, Enthusiast seemed best placed to challenge the leader but, from the back, Kilara Eclipse was absolutely motoring to join in. Swinging of the final turn, the result was still very much in the melting pot with Cappuccino showing signs of fatigue as Droopys Gambler, Enthusiast and Kilara Eclipse advanced.

Importantly, Kilara Eclipse made his move on the wide outside and he and Enthusiast bumped. It meant the result went right down to the wire with Enthusiast recovering from the bump to take charge in the closing yards for a length and a half verdict in 28.78. Droopys Gambler was second with Cappuccino a half-length away third. Kilara Eclipse was a desperately unlucky fourth. 


Owen Doyle has Jacks Lockup singing a sweet tune at present and the son of Laughil Blake and Woe Katie followed up his impressive semi-final success to emerge a tremendous winner of the RCETS A1 Dual Distance over 550yds.

Owned by the Deal Done Syndicate, the March ’19 whelp hit the ground running from the inside box and was soon in command. Old Treasure turned a close second and was the only threat but Jacks Lockup never looked in danger of letting his lead slip.

Maintaining a strong gallop to the line, Jacks Lockup took the €1,600 prize by a length in 29.90. Old Treasure ran a gallant race in second with See Of Class third.


Karol Ramsbottom had a notable double in the semi finals of the Greyhounds Make Great Pets A2 525.

Deadly Showtime was particularly impressive as he dominated in the second heat to record a wonderful 28.21. Showing superb early speed after a fast start, the son of Droopy Sydney and Ruby Valley put real daylight between himself and his rivals to emerge a nine length scorer over Lord Boomerang.

The opening heat saw Gavin Johns’ Carrauntoohil win in very different fashion. He was headed in the early yards but displayed massive back straight pace to assert before the third turn. Drumdoit Casper flew home to grab second but Carrauntoohil was on his way to initiating the Ramsbottom double by three lengths in 28.55.


The Nancy Tynan Memorial A3 600 provided two impressive heat winners.

Glory Doarun had kept good company in his previous starts around Thurles and it was no surprise to see him emerge an impressive scorer in the opening heat or Sheila Duncan.

Posting an impressive 5.96 into the bend, the son of Droopys Sydney and Glory Kitty was simply too good for those in behind as he drove clear down the back straight before coasting home a facile seven length winner over the staying on Maries Flash in 32.63.  

Pat Buckley and William Wood took the second heat with the impeccably bred Glengar Pebbles. The daughter of Ballymac Best and Droopys Smasher broke fastest and led from the outset to eventually see off Yes Boe by a length and a half in 33.04.