Peter Farrell

There were a number of fine performances at Galway over the weekend and Patrick O’Loughlin showed that his kennel is in fine fettle as he recorded a treble over the two nights at the Connacht venue.

It was Wee Small Hours who got the ball rolling in the concluding race of Friday night’s meeting as he went one better than his last outing. The brindle came away smartly from trap six and disputed the early lead with Springwell Janey in five. Narrowly headed entering the back straight, Wee Small Hours rallied down the back and took back control entering penultimate bend. From here, the son of Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady stuck to his task well to seal a length and half victory over Springwell Janey. The time was a good 29.09.

Twenty-four hours later and O’Loughlin sent out a double to seal a fruitful weekend for the local handler. The first of his greyhounds to pass the post was Office Bar in race eight as the son of Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady made it two wins from three starts. Quickly away from trap one, Office Bar showed good early pace but was headed by Aulton Zero early on. However, staying close throughout, Office Bar took up the running rounding the bottom two bends and he stayed on best of all to seal the win. A two length winner in the end, the time was a good 29.01.

The hat-trick was secured in race ten as Come On Charlie came home with a wet sail to make it back-to-back wins. Owned by Bridget O’Loughlin and trained by Patrick, Come On Charlie had to settle for third place early on and he looked to have plenty of work on his plate entering the back straight. However, the son of Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady. a brother of Wee Small Hours, relished the extra yardage of the 550 trip and he flew up the inside of Lakeside Model at the third turn to take control. The result was never in doubt thereafter as Come On Charlie sailed up the home straight to win by three lengths from Cloondarone Lady in second. The time was 30.32.


Elsewhere on the card there was also a double for the kennel of Gerard Quigley as his litter comrades Creevy Pearl and Creevy Silver claimed victories.

Creevy Pearl was first up in an A9 525 and after holding a decent pitch throughout from trap four, the daughter of Superior Product - Creevy Charm stayed on best of all to get the nod by a neck at the line. The time was 29.91.


In the very next race, litter sister Creevy Silver was much more emphatic in victory. Quickly into stride wearing the white jacket, Creevy Silver set a strong gallop throughout and never looked like surrendering her lead. Coming home a comfortable five and a half length victor, the time was a good 29.18.


The fastest time of the night over the standard trip on Saturday night came from the Alan McDonagh owned Croaghill Lizzy as she claimed a fifth career win.

An extremely versatile tracker, Croaghill Lizzy was a winner last time out from trap six and she was swiftly into stride yet again to sit in behind Ougham Sky early doors. Looking a threat throughout, Croaghill Lizzy sat menacingly close rounding the penultimate turn and the daughter of Laughil Blake - Croaghill Girl, trained by John McDonagh, flew home to chin Ougham Sky by a length and a half at the winning line. The time was a rapid 28.94.


There were a number of smart performances on Galway’s Friday night meeting also and the best of those was Brykar Oak who landed a 575-yard contest in terrific fashion.

Owned by Shane Carey and trained by Michael Carey, Brykar Oak just fell short on his last outing at Galway but he timed his run to perfection last night. Running from trap five, Brykar Oak was only moderately into stride but showed electric early gears to take control rounding the opening bend. However, that lead was short-lived as Believer stormed up the inside midway down the back straight and looked an all-out winner from here. Brykar Oak wasn’t to be outdone however, and the son of Droopys Sydney - Lisnaboy Scolari came again to claim a half length win over Believer in second. The time was a sizzling 31.39.


The fastest return over the sprint distance came in race seven as Headford Honey scored in comfortable fashion for Seamus Leahy. Quickly away from trap three, Headford Honey held off the improving Tusker Dobby early on as she swept the opening turn to take control. From here, the daughter of Tyrur Big Mike - Headford Fantasy pulled clear up the home straight to cross the line three and a half lengths clear. The time was a rapid 18.95.

Aulton Jenny (Ballymac Best - Portumna West) was chasing back-to-back wins in race five for Patrick Hogan and she sealed this with minimal ease. Trained by Donal Duggan, Aulton Jenny was well away from trap one and took up the running rounding the opening turn. Holding a slender advantage down the back, Peteles Duke kept the leader honest for large parts of the contest. However, Aulton Jenny stayed on strongly in the latter stages and she was over two lengths better off at the winning line. The time was a good 29.24.