The final of the Trap 1 Greyhound Supplies Guys & Dolls was the feature event on last night’s Clonmel card and it was Private Jet who landed the spoils for owner John Ryan and trainer John Byrne.
With a first prize of €1,000 on offer, the Trap 1 Greyhound Supplies Guys & Dolls A5/A6 525 looked a wide-open final on paper but it proved anything but as Private Jet led from trap to line to record a brilliant victory for connections. Running from trap three, Private Jet was without a win prior to last night but he pinged the lids to show lovely early zip and he proceeded to take a healthy lead into the back straight. Opening up a five length lead on his rivals, the son of Droopys Jet - Sidarian Fern was never under any threat as he maintained a strong gallop all the way to the winning line to secure a four and a half length victory over Kevins Laddie in second. The time was a smart 29.01 and many thanks are extended to Tommy Kerrigan for the sponsorship of the event.
TRUMP LAYS DOWN MARKER
The semi finals of the Kilsheelan Gallop Guys & Dolls were also down for decision on the night and it was Minor Trump who produced a devastating display to gallop into the decider as a likely favourite.
Owned by Mary O’ Connor, Minor Trump was forced to play second fiddle to Faithful Terry last week but he was paw-perfect this week in trapping in front from six. Already in possession of a two length lead rounding the first, the son of Minor Mike - Minor Winner was setting a ferocious gallop in front and he never took his foot off the gas thereafter. Galloping to a comfortable three length win over Brave Yank in second, the time was a very flashy 28.67.
In the second semi final Canya Goforit produced a late flurry to land the spoils for trained David Flanagan.
Owned by Imelda Sinclair, Canya Goforit broke well from trap three but was headed early on by Cooladerry North in two. However, after being prominent throughout, the well-bred daughter of Definate Opinion and Soho Ark pounced late on to claim a half length victory on the line. The time was 28.94.
WESTSIDE FRANK IS A PROSPECT
The opening race of the night saw the first semi final of a novice 525 get underway and Mark O’Donovan sent out another promising puppy in Westside Frank.
Only a November 19’ whelp, Westside Frank had two smart qualifying trials at Thurles prior to arriving at Clonmel and he showed huge promise in landing his debut. Owned by the Clonoulty-to-Golden syndicate, Westside Frank broke well from trap six and he disputed the lead with Romeo Cruise on the run to the opening corner. The inside line proved crucial at the point however, as Romeo Cruise stayed tight to the rail to hold all the aces heading into the back. A ding-dong battle was to develop thereafter as there was little to separate the two impressive puppies heading into the home straight. However, staying out wide, it was Westside Frank who cranked it up a gear close home to claim a length and a half success over Romeo Cruise, who lost little in defeat, back in second The time was a terrific 28.63 and both greyhounds have a big future going forward.
SKIPPER BOOKS HIS TICKET
The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Trial Stake was also down for decision at Clonmel last night and it was track specialist, Knock Skipper, who came out on top for Robert Finn.
Knock Skipper is very difficult to beat around Clonmel and he arrived for the trial stake last night fresh off a hat-trick of wins at the Suirside venue. In what was an extremely tough looking trial stake, Knock Skipper broke best of all from trap four, with Navy Blue in close pursuit back in second. A tightly bunch field entering the opening bend, it was the aforementioned duo who nipped around and it was a good buckle between the duo thereafter. Knock Skipper continued to hold a narrow advantage down the back straight and despite Navy Blue presenting a constant threat, he was unable to reel in Knock Skipper who crossed the line with a half a length in hand. The time was 30.05.