Peter Farrell

Not for the first time in recent weeks, Lisnakill Vernon produced another spectacular performance as he landed a fantastic four-timer last night at Clonmel greyhound stadium.

There were a series of eye-catching performances on the night but the star of the show for a second week running was the Declan Byrne trained Lisnakill Vernon as he produced another masterclass of front-running to see off the strong challenge of Kameko. Owned by Michael O’Keeffe, Lisnakill Vernon has made a terrific start to his racing career and the October 19’ whelp has now won five of his first six starts.

A winner in 28.50 last time out, Lisnakill Vernon (Ballymac Eske - Roseville Dawn) was a dog on a mission once again last night as he was bullet-like from trap one to record a slick 2.76 early sectional clock. It quickly descended into a two-dog affair thereafter as Kameko progressed into second and despite attempting to chase down a serious greyhound in front, Larry O’Rourke’s charge certainly kept the leader honest throughout. Lisnakill Vernon had set a quite sensational gallop for trainer Declan Byrne however, and despite Kameko reducing the arrears towards the business end of the contest, the exciting youngster held firm to record a half length victory. The time, as expected, was a sizzling 28.31 and this greyhound looks a serious Classic contender heading into the second half of the calendar year.


The opening race of the night was landed by Minor Trump who recorded a third career win for owner Mary O’Connor. Running from trap five, the son of Minor Mike - Minor Winner looked a threat throughout and he duly came from off the pace to reel in Bogcross Crab on route to a two length victory. The time for the heavyweight tracker was a good 29.18.

Race three was a novice sprint contest and this was landed by the Jennifer O’Donnell owned The Other Ellen. Breaking well from trap three, The Other Ellen soon asserted on the run to the corner and the daughter of Droopys Roddick - Mountaylor Queen stuck to her task well thereafter despite the best efforts of Moonlight Macy in second. Just half a length between the two at the line, the time was 16.57.

The Sporting Press Online A1 525 was race five and this was claimed by Ballyhimikin Pip for trainer Graham Holland. Jointly owned by Billy and John Dunne, this well bred daughter of Belles Direction - Jaytee Sahara was chasing a third win and she did so in impressive fashion. Leading from trap to line wearing the orange jacket, Ballyhimikin Pip set a strong gallop throughout and was five lengths better off than Springwood Joy at the winning line. The time was 29.10.

There was a marathon to look forward to in race six and it was Cloncunny Peecee who showed her liking for the trip in recording a comfortable victory in the Kilsheelan Gallop A1-A3 750. Owned and trained by Jim Scully, Cloncunny Peecee led from the outset from trap three and the daughter of Pat C Sabbath - Chaotic Lynda showed no signs of fatigue as she made every post a winner. Coming home two and a half lengths clear of Five Alley Crakl in second, the time was a very smart 42.33.

Race six was another ON3 525-yard event and this was landed by Five Alley Jack for owner Paul Hogan. A July 19’ whelp, Five Alley Jack was forced to play second fiddle behind Justynas Pet for the majority of the race but the son of Bull Run Bolt - Vinneys Beauty stayed on best of all to chin the longtime leader close home. A length between the duo at the line, the time for Five Alley Jack was a decent 29.32.

The final race of the night saw a victory for Raceway Tipp who recorded a second career victory for owner Patrick O’Brien. Swiftly into stride wearing the striped jacket, Raceway Tipp showed her rivals a clear pair of paws early on and the daughter of Ballymac Vic - Tipp The Deise ran out an impressive three and a half length winner over Canya Goforit in second. The time was 29.18.