Peter Farrell

There were only nine races down for decision at Galway last night but there were no shortage of clinical performances with the likes of Planet Perfecto and Aulton Messi catching the eye in particular.

The quickest on the night came in the opening race as the Seamus Fahy-trained Aulton Messi produced a career best effort to run out a dominant winner. Owned by Patrick Conlon, this greyhound had a best time of 29.50 coming into last night’s A6 contest but he proved a cut above his rivals right from the outset. Breaking well from trap five, the October 19’ son of Kinloch Brae and Heathlawn Robin displayed brilliant early dash to lead into the opening bend and from here, it was already a case of how far as he drew clear down the back, while setting a scorching gallop in the process. Aulton Messi was a 2/1 chance at the off and he never gave his supporters a moment's worry as he raced to a comprehensive eleven length success over Rosshill Holly in second. The time was 28.98 .10s.


Planet Perfecto was bidding to maintain his unbeaten record in race seven and there was never any doubt as he made it two wins from two starts for connections.

A well-supported 4/6 shot at the off, Planet Perfecto was very impressive on debut at Newbridge and he produced another strong running display from halfway to win in style. Owned by Paul Hanlon and trained by David, this August 19’ son of Droopys Cain and Ruby Valley took control midway down the back and it was hard not to be impressed thereafter as he stayed wide and powered to a five and a half length victory over Springwell Myko in second. Perhaps a step up in trip is next on the agenda for this lad, the time was a quick 28.91 .10s.


There was another sparkling performance in race six as Rathin Special raced to a virtual solo for his winning owner Aidan Bennett.

An eye-catching fawn, Rathin Special was out of luck in his last start after being knocked over at the opening turn but he is clearly in fine fettle as he dismantled this A7 contest in devastating fashion. Running from trap two, the 3/1 chance broke in front and he defended the rail before tracking expertly to hold all the aces approaching the back straight. A pocket sized 62-pound son of Ballymac Eske and Rathin Queen, it was all over as a contest thereafter as he extended his advantage down the back before galloping to a convincing sixteen length victory over nearest rival, Drombeg Snowy, in second. The time was a brisk 29.16 .10s.


Springwell Janey is a Galway regular and she notched her sixth victory at the Connacht venue in race eight.

Owned by Dennis Hannon, Springwell Janey broke well from five but she was forced to play second fiddle to Office Bar in the early exchanges. However, this strong-running daughter of Kinloch Brae and Springwell Dotsy took charge entering the back straight and there was a certain inevitability about the result from that point on. A very versatile tracker, Springwell Janey maintained a solid gallop in the closing stages and she had over five lengths in hand over Office Bar at the winning line. The time was 28.90 .10s