Peter Farrell

Despite it being an all-graded affair at Galway Greyhound Stadium last night, there was no shortage of top-class performances to write home about as the twenty-nine second mark took a bit of a battering on the night.

Proceedings got off to a flier in the opening race of the night as the New-York-Boys syndicate unleashed a very promising puppy indeed called Newyork Sydney. A June 19’ son of Droopys Sydney - Marlfield Taylor, Newyork Sydney took the ON3 sprint contest by the scruff of the neck. Narrowly in front at trap-rise, the blue jacket of Sydney pulled clear approaching the opening bend and rounding the bottom two corners without breaking stride. Stretching his lead on the run for home Newyork Sydney was dominant in victory as he crossed the line nine lengths clear. The time was a blistering 18.88 and incidentally, his dam Marlfield Taylor produced Irish Derby runner-up, Run Happy in a previous litter so keep your eyes peeled for the progress of this youngster in the coming months.


The fastest over the standard trip came in the final race of the night as Flyers Iniesta ran out a comfortable winner to make it two wins from three starts.

Owned by Patsy Richardson, Flyers Iniesta made up big ground on his last outing when occupying the runners-up position but was to go one better last night. It was Puck Out who led early on from five but taking the inside route, Flyers Iniesta in six was only a length adrift turning the opener. Showing fine speed down the back straight, Flyers Iniesta took control at the 350-yard box and never looked back thereafter. Extending his lead turning for home, the son of Droopys Jet - Newline Farrah flew across the line to win by over six lengths. The time was a red-hot 28.76.


Martin Fahy is well versed in churning out big performances and the Galway handler was back at it last night as Believer decimated an A6 contest.

Owned by Kerril Wade, Believer had modest form at best on her card prior to last night but she really took off in what was her first start over the four-bend trip. Likeable Force made the early running from trap three and Believer was out with the washing early on as she darted to the inside on the run to the opening corner. However, sweeping past runners, Believer was on the shoulder of the leader within a matter of strides and she stormed into the lead at the halfway mark. From here, the daughter of Droopys Cain - Bewitching, a half sister to Ghost Dancer, went into overdrive and extended her advantage all the way. Crossing the line eleven lengths to the good of Likeable Force in second, the time was a slick 28.91.


In the third race of the night the John Grimes-owned Sports Special got off the mark in off-the-pace fashion. Trailing the field rounding the opening corner, it looked a tall order for Sports Special heading down the back straight. However, tracking expertly, the daughter of Droopys Nidge - Garrymore Xpress got into contention rounding the third turn and she flew home thereafter to record a three length win. The time was 29.19.

Taurus (Superior Product - Curious Thinking) made a winning return to action in race six, the Talking Dogs A4 525. Owned by Philip Mullaney, Taurus broke well from trap one but was forced to play second fiddle to Ray Road in the early yards. A three length gap to overturn down the back straight, Taurus was up to the task and he duly stormed to the front in the closing stages to cross the line two and a half lengths clear. The time was 29.08.

Trainer John McDonagh got in on the act in race seven as Tusker Dobby made it two wins from two starts over the 350-yard trip. Owned by Paul Lally and PJ Burke, Tusker Dobby was led early on by Lakeside Model but showing a terrific turn of early pace, she soon took control on the run to the opening corner. The result never in doubt thereafter, the daughter of Ballymac Best - Mashmad Eyebrows crossed the line four and a half lengths clear, in a fast 19.07.

View Knockout (SH Avatar - Peerless Trio) claimed his first win since August of last year in race nince, an A3 contest. Owned by John Whelan and trained by Declan McDonagh, View Knockout broke smartly from trap two to dictate the early exchanges. Setting a decent gallop into the back straight, the lead was four lengths heading into the penultimate turn and despite Knockmeale Star eating into the lead in the closing stages, View Knockout stuck it out gamely to score by two lengths. The time was 29.10.