Last night’s Clonmel card featured a greyhound who had drifted off the radar in recent months in the form of Herecomesdahoney but connections can have reason for optimism as the talented black recorded his first win in just shy of a year.
Owned by Majorie McDonald and Mark Whittaker, Herecomesdahoney was at the forefront of many major events on the 2019 Irish greyhound racing calendar and was a finalist in both the National Produce Stakes at Clonmel and the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick. Despite some stunning performances during that time, the Graham Holland trained tracker has found luck hard to come by ever since but last night’s performance may be a sign of a turn in the tide with plenty left to play for in terms of competitions before the end of the year.
Running in the final race of the night, Herecomesdahoney made the step down to A2 grade last night but he proved a cut above the rest with a trap to line victory. Fast away from his favoured inside draw in two, the son of ‘Kinloch Brae - Ballydoyle Honey’ outpaced his rivals early on before displaying a fine turn of speed down the back. Railing like a cat into the home straight, he duly scored by four lengths with Monty's Flame his nearest challenger in second. The time was a very slick 29.98 for the 550yds.
CANYA BLITZES THE FIELD
Prior to that, there was a fine performance in race ten from Canya Blitz in an A2 525 event.
Owned by Imelda Sinclair and trained by David Flanagan, Canya Blitz (Farloe Blitz - Borna Queenie) has been in fine form of late and was chasing a third win from four starts as he donned the red jacket. Well away from his inside berth, Canya Blitz showed lovely early pace to take up the running rounding the opening turn. From here, he absolutely flew down the back straight to put daylight between himself and the rest of the field. Storming home late on, Canya Blitz had six lengths in hand come the winning line. The time was a slick 28.79.
TOM MAKES ALL
Carefree Tom may be familiar to some after his impressive 28.77 debut last year but the talented brindle has endured a start stop career since then.
However, the Mark O’Donovan trained greyhound showed signs of a return to form with victory in race eight. Fast away wearing the blue jacket, Carefree Tom disputed the lead with Rapid Jack on the run to the opening bend but quickly took the ascendancy heading into the back straight. Sticking to his guns well after that, the son of ‘Knowsley Jake - Carefree Grace’ held off Rapid Jack by a length at the winning line. The time was a decent 29.10.
Useless Git proved he is anything but in race seven as the veteran performer recorded his seventh career victory for owner Teresa Drohan.
An October 15’ whelp, Useless Git tasted success on his last outing at Clonmel and it was a similar performance last night as he sealed the win in comfortable style. Fast away from trap three, the son of ‘Kinloch Brae - Riverside Carly’ held a healthy advantage throughout and crossed the line over three lengths clear, in a time of 29.38.