JOE HEADING INTO THE RIGHT DIRECTION

JOE HEADING INTO THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Peter Farrell

Galway hosted their one and only meeting last night and the most impressive return of the night came in race four as Right Joe got his career off to a flying start in an ON3 event.

Owned by Greg Corcoran, Right Joe is only a September 19’ whelp and came into last night's 525-yard event boasting a fine qualifying campaign which had seen him go unbeaten. Expected to step up notably, the son of Laughil Blake - Fork Lightning didn’t disappoint as he outpaced his rivals in galloping to a runaway win. Moderately into stride wearing the white jacket, Right Joe was led in the early exchanges as Portumna Pride broke best of all from trap one but his superiority shone through midway down the back straight as the promising black soared to the front to open a healthy lead. From here, Right Joe proceeded to draw clear and he wasn’t showing any signs of slowing down in the closing stages. Crossing the line over twelve lengths clear, Right Joe stopped the clock in a fast 29.16 and he is certainly one to keep an eye on going forward. It's worth noting that the dam of Right Joe, Fork Lightning, is also responsible for throwing the incredibly fast Ripley Lad who is of course contesting the Cesarewitch in Mullingar at present.

BACK TO BACK FOR IMPRESSIVE JUNIOR

Mall Finn Junior was very impressive on his last outing at Galway when he clocked 28.99 from off the pace but he stepped it up a notch over the extended 575-yard trip last night.

Running in race eleven for Michael Casey and Martin Fahy, Mall Finn Junior is perhaps best known for doing his best work late on but he broke smartly from trap four to take the field into the opening corner from Standing Proud in second. The writing was on the wall turning into the back straight as the son of Rio Quattro - Paradise Maria quickly established daylight over the chasing pack and at this point, a big run was expected of a greyhound who was only getting stronger as the race progressed. Mall Finn Junior didn’t disappoint in the closing stages as he powered across the line to claim a six and a half length win over Kilbannon Psycho in second. The time was a rapid 31.50.

LOVE BLOSSOMS OVER THE STANDARD

The fastest performance of the night over the standard trip came in race six as the Paddy Burke owned Bumblebee Love recorded a fourth career win.

Trained by Paul Burke, Bumblebee Love (Ballymac Vic - Bumblebee Rosie) is quite consistent at boxes and she was once again quickly into stride from trap six and she swept the opening corner to take charge. Entering the back straight and Real Slim Shady was to emerge as the nearest rival some four lengths behind. However, despite bridging the gap in the closing stages, Bumblebee Love never looked like getting caught as she crossed the line a length and a half clear of the gallant Real Slim Shady in second. The time was a fine clock of 29.13.

VETERAN TIGER ROLL SEALS SIXTEENTH WIN

Rhys Higgins and Michael Connor struck lucky the day they purchased Tiger Roll and the August 16’ whelp is still turning in the winners as he landed the final race of the night at Galway.

Running in his 57th race, Tiger Roll is showing no signs of slowing down and he pounced out in front from trap four to hold the early initiative. Setting a strong gallop into the back straight, the son of Laughil Blake - Goodnight Kate maintained a decent advantage over the chasing pack for the majority of the contest and despite coming under pressure from Bumblebee Queen in second, the evergreen tracker stuck to his guns well to record a two and a half length victory. The time was 29.32 and expect Tiger Roll, who is now in his fifth year, to notch a few more victories going forward.