Mall Finn Junior had only made the two career starts prior to last night but he had been very well supported in both. Stepping up to the extended 575 yard trip last night, he showed he is a real talent with another comfortable victory.
Owned by Michael Casey and trained by local handler Martin Fahy, Mall Finn Junior was fresh off a fine 29.06 victory last time out and one would imagine had bookmakers been allowed on track last night, the son of Rio Quattro - Paradise Maria would have been very warm order indeed despite the step up to 575 yards. Fast away from trap five, the promising July 18 whelp took a bump early but showed brilliant early gears on the long run to the bend to take control heading into the back straight. Once in front, it was clear that it would take a monumental effort to overcome the leader and despite the best efforts of Astro Abby in second, Mall Finn Junior was almost five lengths too strong come the winning line. The time was a very fast estimate of 31.35.
SHEBA STRIKES LATE
There was an exciting encounter in the final race of the session as Blakemount Sheba produced as off the pace display to reel in Borris Davy.
Again over the 575 distance, Borris Davy showed the superior early pace from trap one to lead around the opening corner. Blakemount Sheba (Paradise Madison - Racecourse Wowie) stalked in second for Mark and Jame McDonald and it became very much a two dog affair heading down the back straight with Borris Davy still dictating out in front. The race was to change however off the final turn as Blakemount Sheba launched a strong challenge in the final stages of the contest and she chinned the longtime leader by a short head, on the line. The time was a good, 31.78.
THREE FASTEST OVER THE STANDARD
The fastest return over the four bends came in race eight and it was a familiar victor in the shape of Exchange Three who landed the spoils for owner, Michael Carey.
Chasing an eighth victory in total, Exchange Three wasn't hanging around at traps as he was slickly into stride wearing the striped jacket and he soon put the race to bed rounding the opening corner. Stretching out nicely down the back straight, the son of Droopys Jet - Miss Lochdeise was paw perfect as he stayed on strongly to claim a five length victory. The time was a fast 29.06.
Another greyhound who ran a very likeable race for connections was Mr Logan in race seven. A young October 18’ whelp, Mr Logan maintained a 50% win record with a strong running display for trainer Donal Duggan as he came from off the pace to emerge a runaway winner of his 525 contest. Owned by Martin & Eve Crowe, the son of Droopys Roddick - Sarista claimed a near six length success in a decent time of 29.09.
There was also a career best performance in race four as Tromora Skip (Good News - Tromora Sonic) landed her two bend contest in fine style. Owned by David Hogan, Skip was out like a light from trap three to lead early on and extended her advantage around the opening bend. Tracking well thereafter, it was a comfortable night’s work for Tromora Skip as she came home just shy of six lengths clear. The time was a good, 19.18.