There was some competitive action at Galway greyhound stadium last night and while Mollrose King produced the performance of the night in race nine, there were also a couple of doubles recorded by the Brennan and Rafferty connections.
Owned by Sean Daly, Mollrose King has been in fine form in recent weeks but the son of Candlelight King - Mollrose Queen stepped it up a notch to record a career best effort in his A3 525 contest. It was Aulton Zero who made the early running as Mollrose King was only moderately into stride from trap three. However, Daly’s charge rallied from halfway and made rapid progress entering the second half of the race. Storming to the front off the final turn, Mollrose King came home with a wet sail to quickly draw clear and record a three and a half length victory over Croaghill Linda in second. The time was a swift 28.95.
A RAFFERTY DOUBLE
Elsewhere on the card there were a couple of doubles and it was the Rafferty connections who got the ball rolling in the opening race of the night.
The Rafferty Family were in the headlines last week after landing the Widdess Fitzgibbon Pharmacy Treaty Cup at Limerick and the good form continued for the kennel last night at Galway. The first of the winners came in the opening race of the night as Millrose Minnie got back to winning ways. A September 19’ daughter of Ballymac Matt - Borna Billy, Millrose Minnie came away well from trap two and from here, Leanne Rafferty’s bitch was in control throughout as she claimed a three and a half length success over Codigo in second. The time was 29.48.
Shortly after, in race seven, Get Up Amy recorded a second career victory for joint owners Aishling Rafferty and Catherine Hannon. A coursing bred daughter of Blades Of Fire - Why Tanyard Las, Get Up Amy broke well from trap three and she showed lovely early dash to take charge at the opening corner. From here, it was all one-way traffic for Get Up Amy and she crossed the line a convincing two and a half length winner over Apache Springs in second. The time was 19.32.
AN ARDERA DOUBLE
Another kennel to secure a nice double on the night was William Brennan as both Ardera Paul and Ardera Karen landed their respective 525-yard contests.
The first of the winners was Ardera Paul in the second race of the night which was an A7 contest. A son of Skywalker Farloe - Montore Carrie, Ardera Paul came away well from trap six and steering a wide course, he maintained a decent gallop throughout to see off Mollrose Hollie by half a length at the winning line. The time was 29.75.
The double was completed in race six, the Grangeview Ten A5 525, as litter sister Ardera Karen made light work of her rivals to score a second career victory. Showing fine early dash from trap three, Ardera Karen stretched out brilliantly down the back straight and she proved a class above her rivals in coming home three lengths clear of Breaghmore Patch in second. The time was 29.46.
IN OTHER RACES
Danmar Daniel (Droopys Buick - Velvet Lilly May) was a good winner of race three as Danny Potter’s charge came from off the pace to record his second career victory over the 350-yard distance. It was Ballyhale Chloe who led early doors from trap three but Danmar Daniel, wearing the black jacket, took control off the second turn to claim a one length victory over his rival. The time was a smart 19.15.
Malbay Dixie (Drive On Smokey - Glenlough Dixie) continued her good form in race four as Ciara Burke and Jason O’Dwyer’s coursing bred bitch made all in another sprint contest. Quickest into stride from trap three, Malbay Dixie set a good gallop throughout and she recorded a comfortable, three and a half length victory over Sports Friend in second. The time was 19.23.
Luke Kilcoyne is still churning out the winners and it was his Ougham Sky (Ballymac Best - Portumna West) who landed race six in what proved a close finish. It was nip and tuck throughout the contest between Ougham Sky and Tusker Dobby with the buckle continuing all the way to the winning line. Little to separate the duo, Ougham Sky just held off Tusker Dobby to claim a neck victory in a fast time of 19.05.
Race eight saw back to back wins for the John Kelly owned Derrymoyle Pat. After an impressive win last time out, Derrymoyle Pat took up the running on the back straight last night and he proceeded to draw clear of his rivals thereafter. Running out to a near six length victory, the son of Pat C Sabbath - My Special One recorded a decent time of 29.21.
The penultimate race of the night saw Pinnacle Abbie (Laughil Duke - Maries Legacy) record a brilliant ninth career win for owner Michael Costello. A Galway specialist, Pinnable Abbie showed her customary early dash from trap three to hold all the aces entering the opening corner. Maintaining a strong gallop thereafter, she proved five lengths too good for nearest rival, Zeus Nitro, at the winning line. The time was a smart 29.05.