Peter Farrell

Minor Droopy is fast becoming part of the furniture at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium and she produced yet another outstanding performance last night to win in an electric 28.29.

The extremely consistent daughter of Droopys Jet and Minor Racer has eighteen starts to her name, with fifteen of those coming at the Suirview circuit and she produced a career best display last night to dismantle a good quality field. Owned by Mary O’Connor, the race was over at trap rise as the Minor Droopy flashed from trap four to lead her rivals comfortably into the opening bend. From here, the August 19’ whelp opened a healthy advantage down the back as she drew clear of her rivals with every stride. Racing to a virtual solo, Minor Droopy maintained a super gallop all the way to the winning line where she was eight and a half lengths better off than Jumpy John in second. The time, as mentioned, was an electric 28.29.


Over the shorter trip, there was a sparkling performance from Chubbys Best as the October 19’ whelp made light work of his rivals to score in style.

Owned by the Telly-Tubby syndicate, Chubbys Best was seeking to maintain his unbeaten career start and after scoring in 28.53 on debut at Limerick, he was to follow this up with another electric display at Clonmel. From a level start, Chubbys Best, trained by Graham Holland, outlined his credentials as a cut above his rivals as he showed wonderful early dash to shoot clear into the opening corner. Extending his lead between the bottom two bends, the choicely bred son of Ballymac Best and String Of Pearls drew clear late on as he motored to a six and a half length victory over Longview Mark in second. The time was an outstanding 16.07 and this greyhound has a bright future ahead.

The double for Graham Holland was completed in race seven as Part Blake (Laughil Blake - Galloping Maeve) showed brilliant staying power to come home in front. It was Blastoff Butch who made the early running as Part Blake broke only moderately from his inside draw in one. However, making room for himself at the opening corner, the Graham Holland-trained charge was a persistent threat throughout and he duly stayed on best of all to grab the win. A fine performance from Una Creed and Mary O’Connor’s black, Part Blake had over three lengths in hand at the winning line as the clock returned a smart 28.82.


Elsewhere on the card there were no shortage of brilliant performances and next best over the standard trip was Clondoty Megan in the penultimate race of the night.

Owned by John Leahy, it was another case of ‘out and gone’ for Clondoty Megan as she broke well from her inside draw in red to quickly take control from Free Wings in the early exchanges. Setting a fierce gallop down the back straight where she pulled away from Padraigs Dream in second, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Clondoty Amy was never going to be caught and she romped to a four and a half length victory. The time was a rapid 28.74.  


The opening race of the night was won impressively by Freedom Judge who cranked it up a notch at halfway to power to victory. Owned by Eileen Ryan, this April 20’ son of Confident Rankin and Freedom Dream didn't come away too well from trap two but he showed lovely early pace to get into contention. From here, he stormed past Circus Storm and drew clear of his rival to record an eye-catching seven length win. The time was 29.15 and there is certainly more to come from this greyhound going forward.

In race five, Tullovin Olive made it back-to-back wins at Clonmel for owner Michael Ryan. An impressive winner in 28.90 last time out, she was to go even faster last night as she popped out in front from four to make every inch of the running. Sweeping the opening bend to go four lengths clear, the daughter of Ballymac Best and Killanin Baby stayed on well in the closing stages to see off the fast-finishing Nowursinging in second, as the clock returned a swift 28.76.