It was a big night at Galway greyhound stadium last night as several races saw a huge prizemoney increase which resulted in some very competitive action.
As well as the sponsored events on the night, the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Trial Stake was also down for decision.
Garmivite Extra A2 525
The first of the sponsored races on the night was the €700 to the winner, Garmivite Extra A2 525 and this contest was over at traprise as Empire Jet (Droopys Jet - Footfield Vicky) led from the outset. Running from trap one, Empire Jet, a 5/2 chance, came through the bars to take a healthy lead into the opening corner and from there, it was one-way traffic for Robert Sheehy’s tracker as he pressed home his advantage to win by six lengths. Flyers Iniesta next best in second, the time was a swift 28.92.
Puppy & Sapling 575
The Puppy & Sapling A4 575 was next on the agenda and it was the Martin Fahy trained Cold Blow (Scolari Me Daddy - Expert Honey)who scooped the €600 first prize. Owned by Padraig Hoban, Cold Blow went to boxes the 6/4 favourite and he came away racing from trap two to show the superior early dash into the opening corner. Extending his lead to four lengths down the back, Cold Blow was showing no signs of stopping. However, entering the home straight and his petrol gauge began to flash with Blacklabel Ger now cutting into the lead with every stride. It was too little too late though for the latter as Cold Blow held on gamely to claim a length success at the line. The time was a good 31.93.
Maintenance & Retired S1 350
Next up was the Maintenance & Retired S1 350 and this was landed by the in-form, Ougham Sky for owner Luke Kilcoyne. A lady who was seeking a hat-trick of wins at Galway, she pinged the lids from trap three to make her intentions clear early on. Tracking brilliantly around the bottom two bends, the daughter of Ballymac Best - Portumna West stuck to her guns well up the home straight to see off Tusker Dobby by a length at the winning line. An even money market leader, the time was 19.20 and the winner picked up a tidy €450.
Greyhound 28 550
The Greyhound 28 550 also carried a winner’s prize of €600 and it was the Tom Ryan owned Last Attack (Corporate Attack - Sopwell Magpie) who ran to a convincing victory. Without a win since September of last year, Last Attack picked a nice night to get his head in front as he tucked in behind Orbsen Jet early on before delivering a late flourish to seal a comfortable four and a half length victory. A big 6/1 chance in the market, the time was 30.72.
Greyhound 20 A3 525
Rathmeehan Dier hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck in his recent starts prior to last night but he ran out an impressive winner of the Greyhound 20 A3 525 for owner John Browne. With a brilliant €650 up for grabs, Rathmeehan Dier broke well from trap three and got across his nearest rival, Askingforafriend, in the early exchanges. Setting a good gallop down the back, his rivals could never get on terms with the son of Droopys Sydney and Coolavanny Spice thereafter as despite drifting wide late on, he stayed on strongly to secure a two and a half length win. The time for the 3/1 shot was 29.13.
Brown Bread Nugget A3 525
The Brown Bread Nugget A3 525 was next up in race eleven and this €650 one-off race was landed by Burnpark Brae (Kinloch Brae - Seekers Vision) for owner Maria Browne. A young dog seeking his second win from just five starts, Burnpark Brae was quickly into stride wearing the red jacket and after an initial burst of early dash, he never saw another tail thereafter. Setting a strong gallop down the back, both Cloondarone Lady and Spanish King made a good fist of it in the closing stages but it wasn’t to be as Burnpark Brae held on to score by a length and a quarter. The time was 31.96.
Record Breaker A1 525
The final sponsored race of the night was the €700 to the winner Record Breaker A1 525 and Magical Poppy (Confident Rankin - Cabra Twister) was emphatic in running out a clear winner. The 6/4 favourite heading into the race, Magical Poppy was only moderately into stride from trap four but she showed lovely early pace to sit just two lengths adrift of Grangeview Mags heading into the back straight. The writing was on the wall for her rivals thereafter as the Pat Guilfoyle trained bitch took control rounding the penultimate bend before pressing home her advantage late on. Four and a half lengths clear of Grangeview Mags at the winning line, the time was a slick 28.79.
KILBANNON PSYCHO BOOKS DERBY TICKET
Also down for the decision on the night was the BoyleSports Irish Derby Trial Stake and this was landed by local runner Kilbannon Psycho.
Jointly owned by Owen & John McDonagh, Kilbannon Psycho was a winner of her last outing in Galway prior to last night in 30.12 and she went into the trial stake as a 5/2 chance to book a free pass into Ireland's showpiece event. Quickest into stride wearing the orange jacket, it was clear from an early stage that her rivals would have to produce something special to come from behind a lady who is well-accustomed to coming home in front. Swooping the open turn to take a four advantage into the back straight, the daughter of Droopys Jet and Droopys Breeze set a scorching gallop thereafter and despite Kilcormack Sky reducing the deficit in the closing yards, McDonagh’s charge still has two and a quarter lengths in hand at the winning line. The time was a very fast 30.08.
Galway would like to acknowledge the sponsorship of the above events. Each race carried a massive increase in prizemoney and it is worth noting that entry fee for all races remained the standard €15. Many thanks are extended to the sponsor and of course the track for the exceptional work in bringing together a great night.