IRGT STAKE WAS FRIDAY’S FEATURE AT SHELBOURNE

IRGT STAKE WAS FRIDAY’S FEATURE AT SHELBOURNE

Ian Fortune

The feature of Friday’s action at Shelbourne Park were the semi-finals of the Retired Greyhound Trust A2 and there was little to separate semi final winners Me Paisley Park and Lolos Fury on the clock.

Both greyhounds raced in the red jacket with me Paisley Park going fractionally faster for Michael English, who actually recorded a double on the night with Be A Hero winning later on the card.  

Me Paisley Park was only third into the back straight behind the fast-starting Camas Special but he stayed close to the fence to move second by halfway. Once doing so the son of Pat C Sabbath and Me Lika Lucy always had the leader in his sights.

It didn’t come that easy for the Me Paisley Park, however. Despite joining the leader at the final turn, he had to dig in to repel the renewed challenge of Camas Special and the big finish of Razldazl Curtis to record a short head victory in 29.03. Camas Special was second with Razldazl Curtis an eye-catching length behind in third.

FURY DIGS IN

Lolos Fury (Head Bound/ Lolos Ferrari) had things a little easier in the second heat although he too had to dig deep in the closing stages to hold the finishing flourish of last weekend’s impressive scorer Frontlineallstar.

Ronnie Craven’s Lolos Fury made the most of his rails pitch to lead the field into the turn but he was joined by Lotus Raider into the third turn.

Lolos Fury was soon back in front, however, regaining control between the last two bends before then holding the big finish of Frontlineallstar. The latter left his chance at traps but made up remarkable ground to get involved, only to fail by a half length. Lolos Fury stopped the clock in 29.08, claiming a fourth career in the process. Lotus Raider was the third qualifier.