RAF RETURNS TO HIS BEST AT GALWAY

RAF RETURNS TO HIS BEST AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

It was another all graded affair at Galway greyhound stadium and it was Fantasy Raf who returned to something like the form of old as he produced the performance of the night in race seven.

Owned by the Top-Benefit syndicate, Fantasy Raf started his career at Galway where he landed an unraced and despite running at various different tracks throughout the Country, it is the Connacht venue where Fantasy Raf had put his best foot forward in previous starts. However, without a win since November of last year, the son of Kinloch Brae - Fantasy Lady was looking to return to winning ways and he did so in good style last night. Running from a favourable trap one draw, Fantasy Raf duly pinged the lids to pace up the rail and track cleverly to take a three length advantage into the back straight. Setting a strong gallop thereafter, Croaghill Pearl emerged as the main threat despite being several lengths adrift in second position. The leader was never under any pressure however, and Fantasy Raf stayed on strongly to cross the line over three lengths clear of Croaghill Pearl in second. The time was a fast, calculated 28.98.

IN OTHER RACES

Inherontime (Candlelight King - Mollrose Queen) ran out a trap to line victor of race six, which was an A6 525-yard event. Owned by the No-Cents syndicate, Inherowntime broke swiftly from trap five and proceeded to make every post a winning one on route to what was a routine victory. Knockmant Donald also impressed in behind with a fast finish claim second and the time was a good 29.13.

No Extras is a regular winner at Galway track and the son of Belles Direction - Percys On Fire, who won four on the trot back not too long ago, claimed a seventh career win in a 350-yard event in race eight. Jointly owned by Robert Moloney and Bertie Treacy, No Extras was led early on by Tusker Dobby who broke best of all from trap four. However, showing brilliant track craft at the opening turn, No Extras switched to the rail from trap five and had too much for his rivals coming home. Storming up the straight to record a length and a half victory over Tusker Dobby in second, the time was 19.11.

Race eleven was another 350-yard event as the Ladbrokes S3/S4 was claimed by Bucks Squeak. Owned by Gerard O’Reilly, this coursing bred daughter of Newinn Wonder - Bucks Honey came away well wearing striped jacket to show smashing early dash to take control. Challenged late on by Caislean Joey, Bucks Squeak had just enough in the tank as she sealed a one length victory at the winning line. The time was 19.11.

Wishful Ben (Ballymac Vic - Wishful Flyer) hadn’t managed to get his head in front prior to last night but the heavyweight black got things right in the final race of the night, an A4 525. Jointly owned by Niall Arthur and Bernard Farrell, Wishful Ben came away well from trap one but shipped a bump early doors when moving wide. This didn’t hinder his progress however, and he soon asserted himself to take charge for the remainder of the contest. Sticking to his task well in the latter stages, Wishful Ben saw off the persistent Lakeside Milly in second. The time was a good 29.01.

There was another notable performance in race ten which was the Talking Dogs A5/A6 525 as Merciful Ali produced a terrific, strong running display to land the spoils. Owned by Fionnuala Flannery, Merciful Ali was only moderately away from trap four and had to settle for third early on as Misunderstood made the early running. However, showing a terrific burst of speed down the back, the daughter of Taylors Sky - Kilcormack Aine flew to the front and from there, she ran out a convincing five length winner. The time was 29.14.