Peter Farrell

Michael Hogan has had a fine year with his superstar Grangeview Ten and last night’s Galway card featured a double for the Hogan kennel as Grangeview Mags and Grangeview Buck both landed their graded events.

The fastest return on the night was Grangeview Mags in the ‘Bet on Barking Buzz A2 525’ and she produced a last to first performance to reel in the long time leader, Caislean Roddick. From a slow start in red, Grangeview Mags had a lot on her plate rounding the opening corner but the daughter of Droopys Jet - Blastoff Khalesi rallied down the back straight to sit only three lengths adrift rounding the bottom two bends. From here, Grangeview Mags was in full throttle and she motored past Caislean Roddick to win comfortably in the end. Two and a half lengths separating the duo at the line, the time was a smart 28.99.

The double was completed in the final race of the night as Grangeview Buck (Skywalker Puma - Grangeview Vicie) got up in the dying strides to deny Jaxx Orange. A level break saw Grangeview Buck challenge for the lead in the early stages but traffic ensued which left Jaxx Orange clear heading down the back straight. However, always handy throughout, Grangeview Buck stuck to his task well and collared Jaxx Orange by a neck, on line. The time was 29.60.


There was a very smart display in the opening race of the night as Flyers Ineos (Droopys Jet - Neline Farrah) broke her maiden tag in some style for owner Patsy Richardson. Flyers Ineos didn't take up the lead until midway down the back straight but was awesome in victory thereafter, storming around the bottom two bends to win by an increasing eleven lengths. Once suspects there is more to come from this lady. The time was 29.20.

Ballygraigue Jim produced a polished display to land a sprint contest in race three for joint owners, Thomas and Charlie Bourke. Only a July 19’ whelp, the son of Silverhill Shay - Newline Minnie was swiftly into stride from trap four and showed a lovely turn of early pace into the opening corner. Never breaking stride around the bottom two corners, the impressive youngster powered up the straight to win by four lengths as he stopped the clock in a decent 19.14.

Owned by Patrick O’Loughlin, Office Bar has been in superb form of late and he was on hand again to land race eleven. Quickest into stride wearing the striped jacket, the son of Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady was already two clear rounding the opening corner. Flying down the back straight, O’Loughlin’s charge kept on well in the closing stages to see off Small Faces by just over two lengths. The time was 29.04.

Veteran tracker, Baylin Leader notched a sixth career success in race eight as he got back to winning ways for the first time since July. Owned by Michael McMahon, Baylin Leader bounced out of trap four to lead early doors. Stretching clear down the back straight, the son of Paradise Madison - Baylin Survivor was in no mood to hang around as he tracked brilliantly around the bottom two bends to run out a convincing, six length winner. The time was a good 29.16.

It certainly was a night for the big distances at Galway and Total Lockdown added to that list in race six as Kieran McPhilbin and Penny Brohier’s dog ran out an easy victor. After a slick break from trap one, Total Lockdown was in total control in the early exchanges as he scraped the paintwork to take a commanding lead into the back straight. The result never in doubt, the son of Droopys Sydney - Calling Val came home an easy seven length winner, in a time of 29.20.