Peter Farrell

Not for the first time in recent weeks the litter of ‘Good News - Tullovin Fire’ has hit the headlines and last night at Galway it was the turn of Massachusetts to steal the show with a powerful display in the final race of the night.

Owned by Thomas Burke, Massachusetts dipped under the 29 mark on his last outing which was the final of the €2,000 to the winner ‘Sean Conneely Plant Hire A3 525’ but the October 18’ whelp really stepped it up in last night’s curtain closer. Running from trap six, Massachusetts was moderately away but showed huge pace to challenge the early leader Drombeg Dancer at the opening corner. Shipping a massive bump which sent the black sideways at the turn, Burke’s charge showed big courage to drive forward and chase the early leader into the back straight. Two lengths adrift down the back, Massachusetts showed a scintillating burst of speed to quickly storm to the front at the penultimate turn. Staying on with real gusty thereafter, Massachusetts came home six lengths clear of Drombeg Dance, in a scorching calculated time of 28.53. This was a serious run from Thomas Burke’s greyhound who lost at least a couple of lengths at the opening corner.


Another eye-catching performance on the night came in race eight from the Sean Meade owned Paradise Mission.

A winner on debut in a nice 29.28, Paradise Mission would have been fancied to double that tally and so proved the case as the son of Native Chimes - Paradise Geneva’ came from off the pace to win comfortably. Well away wearing the black jacket, Paradise Mission nestled in behind Bumblebee Love early on before showing a lovely turn of foot down the back straight to take control. Sweeping up the inside, Meade’s greyhound stayed on stoutly after that to win by over two lengths from the staying on, Dana Point in second. The time was a good 28.91.


Elsewhere on the card there were a number of very likeable performances and the one of those came from the Martin Tucker and Stephanie O’Brien owned Mountcashel Eve.

A kennel in form at present, the orange jacket of Mountcashel Eve emerged from an even pack at trap rise to surge to the front around the opening corner. It was lights out thereafter as the daughter of ‘Tullymurry Act - Genies Lamp’ powered up the home straight to land a comprehensive victory from Beslow Emilykate in second. The time was a smart 19.14.

Just prior to that Croaghill Blake (Laughil Blake - Croaghill Girl) made it back to back wins for the kennel of John McDonagh. Owned by Patrick McDonagh, ‘Blake’ was quickly into stride from trap one to take the early initiative heading into the opening corner. Chasing closely by Drombeg Dude in second, the leader held firm to win by just shy of two lengths in a nice time of 19.13.

The quality sprint action continued in race seven as Orbsen Quest took his career tally to three with an easy victory. Owned by Tom Kelly, the son of ‘Ballymac Vic - Scala Masie’ came away well from trap two and the big fawn outpaced his rivals thereafter. Coming home over two lengths to the good, the time was a fast 19.06.

The Boylesports A5 525 also returned a nice performance from the Maria Browne owned Burnpark Pluto. Evenly away from trap three, the son of ‘Vulturi - Burnpark Dolly’ tucked in behind early on and sat in third place heading into the back straight. Showing a burst of speed at this point, ‘Pluto’ railed like a cat to take control and stayed on well thereafter. Almost three lengths better off at the winning line, the time was a smart 29.11.