Sweepstake action continued at Clonmel greyhound stadium last night and despite a string of impressive performances on the night, it was Faithful Terry who stole the show in the second round of the Kilsheelan Gallop Guys & Dolls stake.
Owned by Finola Richardson, Faithful Terry (Laughil Blake - Faithful Lynda) had recorded two wins from three starts at Thurles prior to coming to Clonmel and although having to settle for third in the opening round of the Kilsheelan Gallop A3/A4 Guys & Dolls, the promising puppy got back on the winners podium in emphatic style. Heading to traps wearing the white jacket, Faithful Terry tracked Minor Trump in the early yards before taking charge at the second bend. The handy tracker was always in control thereafter as he set a scorching gallop while staying on strongly to score by three and a half lengths. Minor Trump was next best in second as the clock returned a very quick 28.68.
HONEY SWEET FOR POWERS
Next best in terms of the clock came in heat three as Honey Lane made it back-to-back wins in the competition.
Jointly owned by Michael and David Power, Honey Lane posted a rapid 28.86 in the opening round as she stepped back from marathon distances with a point to prove. Once again trapping smartly from six, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Borna Mindy never saw another tail as she opened a healthy advantage over her rivals to power home a five and a half length winner. Cooladerry North, once again, had to settle for second as the time returned a brisk 28.80.
SAMMY IN A RUSH
Russian Sammy was forced to chase home kennel companion Nitro Hero in the opening round but she put things right last night with a solid display.
Jointly owned by Pat and Justin Muldoon, Russian Sammy was aiming to record her second career win and she broke well from trap two to follow Brave Yank into the opening corner. Running a fine second bend, Russian Sammy stormed to the front entering the back straight and from here, the Graham Holland trained bitch stuck to her task well to record a one and a half length victory at the expense of Brave Yank in second. The time was 28.90.
ELLIES BACK TO WINNING WAYS
The remaining heat of the night was landed by the Elizabeth Sives owned Ellies Bell who notched her fourth career win.
Rarely out of the frame, Ellies Bell was much swifter into stride this week as she bounced from trap six to dispute the early running with Emers Penny. Taking charge at the second bend, Ellies Bell showed a nice turn of foot down the back and the daughter of Sonic - Exciting Style stayed on well to come home two and a half lengths clear of Raceway Tipp in second. The time is 29.16.
SUIR ROAD GOES QUICKEST IN TRAP 1 GUYS & DOLLS
Elsewhere on the card the two semi finals of the Trap 1 Greyhound Supplies A5/A6 Guys & Dolls were down for decision and it was Suir Road who went fastest for Liam Ryan.
After finishing third in his opening round assignment, Suir Road ran out a very impressive winner for connections as the October 19’ son of Droopys Sydney - Dalcash Kalade tracked Kevins Laddie for much of the contest before taking charge between the bottom two bends. Staying on strongly thereafter, Suir Road powered to a three and a half length success in a time of 29.15.
In the second semi final Robinhall Lady also bounced back from an opening round defeat to score comfortably.
Jointly owned by Patrick Kelly and Michael Skehan, Robinhall Lady (Laughil Blake - Stuckeybawn) set her stall out early from trap six as she came away racing to lead into the opening corner. From here, the pocket-sized tracker set a smart gallop throughout to come home with four and a half lengths to spare over nearest rival, Corcass Hope, in second. The time was 29.24.
DEANO DIPS UNDER 29
There was one other performance on note on the night as outside of the sweepstake action, Midfield Deano landed his A3 contest.
Owned by John Newman and trained by Rachel Wheeler, Midfield Deano came away well from his inside berth in one but was forced to follow Cant Stop Busy into the opening turn. However, showing a lovely turn of pace down the back, the son of Droopys Sydney - Midfield Diva took charge of proceedings rounding the penultimate corner and the August 19’ whelp stayed on well to record a two length victory over Dalcash Dean in second. The time was 28.95.