Peter Farrell

Clonmel hosted a ten race all-graded affair last night and there were a couple of really impressive performances from novice greyhounds as both Magical Richie and Aghaburren Tudor recorded emphatic victories.

In the opening race of the night, an ON3 525, Magical Richie ran to a virtual solo as he blitzed the field to win by a brilliant twelve lengths. Only a June 20’ whelp, the Patrick & Alice Guilfoyle son of Cabra Firmino and Cabra Angel came into the event with modest qualifying efforts but he improved over a second on his debut start. Breaking well from trap three, the brindle was led by Billys Mane in the early exchanges but he showed good acceleration to take charge at the second turn. From here, Magical Richie showed striking pace to draw clear down the back straight and he set a thunderous gallop thereafter to come home clear of the field. Twelve lengths better off than Armour Prince in second, the clock stopped in 28.89, a terrific effort from this puppy.


Shortly after, there was another impressive debutant display as Aghaburren Tudor made light work of his ON2 contest to also dip under 29-seconds.

Owned by Mossy O’Leary, Aghaburren Tudor came into the event with some nice qualifying form and the April 20’ son of Droopys Sydney and Aghaburren Model duly delivered on the promise shown. Quickest into stride wearing the blue jacket, the promising puppy was in control throughout as he displayed big pace down the back before staying on stoutly to gain victory. A comfortable nine lengths clear of Billys Right at the winning line, the time was a brisk 28.94. 


Bionic Bandit was a winner last time out at Clonmel and the John Graham Campbell-owned dog made it back-to-back wins last night in brilliant fashion. Quickly into stride from trap three, the son of Laughil Blake and Fourpenny Pearl challenged his rivals into the opening turn where he was to come out on top. Never under threat thereafter, he set a strong gallop to see off Kilcash Toto by four lengths at the winning line. The time was a fast 16.21.

Marion Kennedy sent out Brave Yank in race four and he was another to seal back-to-back wins in good style. Flashing into stride from trap two, the son of Laughil Blake and Galloping Maeve, a litter brother to Part Blake, took control of the contest from an early stage and he was never going to be caught as he claimed a four length win over nearest rival, Maughera Dancer, in second. The time was 28.95.

The fastest time of the night came in the Open/A1 525 and it was Bombay Joe who scored a fifth career win for the Parachute syndicate. Stepping back in trip after a six-bend effort, the son of Ballymac Best and Ballydoyle Honey tucked in behind the early paced Pepe Lew Pew in the opening exchanges before finishing at speed to land the spoils. Crossing the line a length and a half clear, the time was a fast 28.80.