Peter Farrell

There is little doubt that Epic News has gone to another level in recent starts and after a brilliant 28.50 display at Curraheen Park, Maria Kennedy’s charge stepped it up once more as he recorded a stunning 28.39 at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium last night.

A February 19’ son of Good News and Jaytee Sahara, Epic News has always shown glimpses of brilliance and last night he put everything together to run out an excellent winner of race seven, the Sporting Press Online Edition A0/A1 525. Running from trap five, Epic News broke well from trap five but was headed early doors by Emers Fantasy in three. However, showing big gears down the back, Epic News quickly stormed to the front and he stayed on strongly to cross the line three lengths clear of Emers Fantasy in second. The time, as mentioned, was a sizzling 28.39.


There was another terrific display in race eight as Faithful Sarah sealed a hat-trick of wins for owner Patsy Richardson.

An October 19’ daughter of Laughil Blake and Faithful Linda, Faithful Sarah is a winner over four bends but it has been her sprinting which has really caught the eye in recent weeks. A winner last time out in 16.33, ‘Sarah’ shaved another length off that clock last night as she sprung from trap two to make all the running. Galloping to a straightforward success, Faithful Sarah had two lengths in hand over Longview Jack in second as the clock returned a rapid 16.25.


Zoomey Blaze is a real money-spinner for joint owners Daniel Gibbons and Stan Boles and he duly notched his seventh career win last night at the Suirside circuit.

Trained by Maurice Organ, Zoomey Blaze is known for his exploits off the front and he came away racing from trap four to lead the field early on. In truth, the son of Droopys Roddick and Nans Lucky was never under threat thereafter as he maintained a powerful gallop throughout before crossing the line four lengths too good for Bumpy Frank in second. The time was a super 28.63.


Indeed, it proved a fruitful night for Maurice Organ as he also sent out Silk Cut Sally to win the concluding race of the session.

A regular around the Tipperary circuit, Silk Cut Sally is another flying early pacer and she once again flashed from trap six to show fizzing early zip approaching the opener. Opening a healthy advantage down the back, the result was never in doubt for daughter of Skywalker Puma and Bottle Of Bumper as she stayed on well to seal a four length win over Springwood Joy in second. The time was a slick 28.74.


After being off track since July, Maughera Dancer made a winning return to racing in race five as he led from the outset.

Owned by Christy Browne, it was to prove a career best performance for Maughera Dancer as he broke smartly from five to lead the field into the opening corner. From here, it was a case of catch me if you can for the heavyweight son of Jaytee Jet and Farmer Frankie as he made every post a winner to come home a length and a half clear of Bogcross Crab in second. The time was a swift 28.84.


The opening race of the night was won in comfortable fashion by the John Leahy-owned Clondoty Ronan. Chasing a first career win from six starts, the son of Laughil Blake and Clondoty Amy didn't come away too well from trap one but showed immediate acceleration to  take control within a matter of strides. It was a routine victory thereafter as Clondoty Ronan had over five lengths in hand over Free Expert at the winning line. The time was 16.31.

Suzanne O’Neill got on the scoresheet in race two as Heavens Shadow made it back-to-back wins after a closely fought battle with Cant Stop Busy. Running from trap five, the son of Good News and Heavens Lilly disputed the early running with Robinhill Lady and after taking charge at the penultimate turn, she stuck to her guns well to see off the fast finishing, Cant Stop Busy, by half a length. The time was 29.02.

The extremely well-bred Mary The Thief was another to make it two wins from her last two starts in race four for owner Alan Dobbs. Trained by Aaron O’Hanlon, Mary The Thief came from off the pace last time out to score and she deployed similar tactics last night again. Only moderately away from trap three, the daughter of Farloe Blitz and Ballymac Tas showed good courage at the opening bend before picking off her rivals to draw clear in style. Crossing the line five lengths clear of Fourpenny Gem in second, the time was 29.14.