The semi finals of the Epic Hero Guys & Dolls 525 was the highlight on last night's Clonmel card but asides from two brilliant displays from Mays Blackstone and Knock Skipper, it was the debutant Moanteen Mikey who was the real eye-catcher on the night as he landed a novice contest in terrific fashion.
Owned and trained by Rachel Wheeler of Golden, Moanteen Mikey arrived at Clonmel fresh off a faultless qualifying campaign and he certainly delivered on that promise in race two, an ON2/ON3 525. A very young October 19’ son of Droopys Buick - Moanteen Golden, Moanteen Mikey made the most of his trap six berth as he flashed from the outside to show smashing early dash to lead early on. Rounding the opening turn with an already healthy advantage, the striking black stretched out majestically down the back straight as he moved further and further clear with every stride, clocking a sizzling 16.15 sectional to the third turn. The race firmly put to bed, Moanteen Mikey stormed into the home straight on his lonesome and the talented youngster had thirteen lengths in hand crossing the winning line. A greyhound with a big future, the time only confirmed what a sparkling debut performance, 28.70 was. It is worth noting that Moanteen Mikey actually hails from the famed Farloe Dingle line which has produced some the best trackers on both sides of the water in recent years. That said, don’t be surprised if you hear more from this greyhound in the not too distant future.
MAY A CUT ABOVE
The highlight on the card was the semi finals of the Epic Hero Guys & Dolls A3/A4 and not for the first time, Mays Blackstone stole the show to soar into the €1500 decider next week.
After winning her opening round heat in a slick 28.84, Mays Blackstone was all out to chin Nodgos Pet on the line last week. However, despite meeting the same opponent last night, the Declan Byrne trained bitch was much more emphatic in victory. A strong running daughter of Laughil Blake - Blackstone Angie, Mays Blackstone had to play second best to Nodgos Pet early on for the second week running as the latter, as expected, flew from trap two to hold the early initiative. Followed closely by Mays Blackstone in behind, May Aylward’s bitch upped the ante midway down the back straight and stormed to the from entering the penultimate turn. From here, it was one way traffic on the run for home as she claimed a two and a half length win over the gallant Nodgos Pet in second. Great Jet took the final qualifying position in third as the clock returned a fast 28.81. (16.35 sec)
SKIPPER MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK WINS
The opening semi final of the night was the dog’s section and this was claimed by Knock Skipper, who made it back to back wins for owner Robert Finn.
Only a June 19’ puppy, Knock Skipper notched his first career win last week after breaking smartly to lead from trap to line and the son of Droopys Cain - Heavens Lilly followed a similar pattern last night as he pounced from trap six to lead early on. Setting a strong gallop down the back straight, early traffic at the opening bend meant that Finn’s charge was never under any serious threat thereafter and he stuck to his task well to secure a comfortable victory. Coming home a healthy two and a half lengths clear of the Mustang Tierney, who recovered well, in second, the time was another fast 28.99. The final qualifying position was claimed by Lynchy Boy in third. (16.45 sec)
MINOR DROOPY TAKES TOP EVENT
The Sporting Press A1/A2 525 topped the billing in terms of grading last night at Clonmel and Minor Droopy got back to winning ways for owner, Mary O’Connor.
Another promising youngster, Minor Droopy won on debut in 29.22 before posting a hot 28.73 a couple of races later. Tasting defeat in her latest outing prior to last night however, Minor Droopy bounced back in superb style to run out a comprehensive winner. Quickest into stride from trap four, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Minor Racer showed fine early dash to lead around the opening bend. Chased by Atta Boy Leo in second, it became clear that the rest of the field were running for the minor placings as Minor Droopy came home a strong four and a half length winner crossing the line. Montys Fame finished well to grab second and the time was a very smart 28.73.