It was a busy night at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium last night as patrons were treated to four sweepstake finals which were filled with impressive performances.
The €700 to the winner ‘Watchman @ Stud Coursing 350’ was the first of four finals down for decision last night and this was landed by the Eugene Glennon owned, Coolree Bud.
Coolree Bud (2/1) was an all-out winner of his track debut last week when he accounted for a short head victory over Key Storm but he give his connections no reason to sweat last night with a comfortable win. Fast away from trap four, the son of ‘Howdododo - Coolree Pandora’ showed all of his early gears to lead into the opening corner. Tracking well thereafter, Glennon’s charge was three and a half lengths too strong for his nearest challenger Jig Time Peg as the time returned a good, 16.47.
FERN MAKES ALL
Soon after, the final of the ‘Suirside Restaurant A5/A6 525’ came to a head as Airmount Fern got back to winning ways to claim the €700 winner’s pot.
Well supported last week, Airmount Fern (Fernando Bale - Airmount Tess) had to settle for the runners up spot but she was much slicker into stride this time around to lead in the early yards. Owned by Gerard Kiely, the eye catching blue was in full flow down the back straight and she maintained a strong gallop all the way to the line. The time was a very fast estimate of 28.90 and Airmount Fern returned a 2/1 shot.
If Airmount Fern was impressive, the same could be said of The Other Lexie in the final of the ‘Greyhounds Make Great Pets A4 525’ as she dominated the €750 decider to sail home in front.
After Denross Ruben lowered the colours of The Other Lexie in last week’s semi finals, Jennifer O’Donnell’s charge certainly turned the tables as she took a ping break from trap one to storm up the rails in the early stages. Always in command, the daughter of ‘Ballymac Eske - Mountaylor Queen’ flew home over six lengths clear of the chasing pack as the clock read a very swift, 28.85. ‘Lexi’ returned the 6/4 joint favourite.
GLORY FOR CAMPION
Live Glory hadn’t tasted success since October of last year but the Paraic Campion trained black picked the right night to get back to winning ways as he landed the ‘Retired Greyhounds Trust A3 525’.
With a winning prize of €800 up for grabs, Live Glory (6/4) was fast away wearing the stripes but was headed by Mega Jill and Conors Blaze on the run to the opening corner. However, the son of ‘Droopys Cain - Minnies Lucille’ is a strong running sort and he moved it up a gear entering the final turn. Coming home strong, Live Glory claimed a two length victory in a good time of 29.06.