RAHA QUICKEST IN LIAM BRUSSEL’S OPENER AT GALWAY

RAHA QUICKEST IN LIAM BRUSSEL’S OPENER AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

The opening round heats of the Liam Brussels Memorial A5 525 were the highlight of last night’s Galway card and it was Raha Princess who set the early standard as she landed heat two with a strong-running performance.

Owned by Stephen Molloy, Raha Princess was having just her third career start but she was chasing back-to-back wins after a smash and grab victory last time out. Much quicker into stride this time around from trap five, Raha Princess disputed the early exchanges with Croaghill Doris in one. It was the latter who took a slender advantage entering the back straight but the fast finishing Raha Princess always looked a danger. Swinging extremely wide off the final turn, this didn’t prevent the daughter of Laughil Blake and Tiddly Winks from flashing home to seal a length and a half success over Croaghill Doris in second. The time for the 5/4 jolly was a decent 29.29 .10s.

HEAT ROUNDUP

In the opening heat of the night, Springwell Nap (Pat C Sabbath - Springwell Dotsy) came out the right side of a photo finish for Denis Hannon. After flashing from the stripes in six, Springwell Nap looked set for a routine victory for connections. However, Ballygarry Ruby reeled her rival in midway down the back straight and Springwell Nap, a 7/2 shot, was forced to pull out all the stops to come again and claim a neck victory. The time was 29.44 .10s

After landing a sprint contest on his last outing, Concrete Man stepped back up to four bends in heat three and he duly made it back-to-back wins for owner Michael Keating. A lovely fawn son of Ballymac Vic and Woodsgift Ash, Concrete Man was swiftly into stride from trap six and after displaying a nice turn of acceleration to the opening turn, he took full control to seal a two and a half length win over Ausmac Hour in second. The time for the 6/4 shot was 29.58 .10s.

Boherna Scott made the trip from Thurles in the final heat of the night and after going off a 1/2 favourite for success, Frank Dwan’s charge duly obliged with a strong-running performance. After walking from traps and shipping an early bump from trap three, the son of Droopys Sydney and Boherna Abbie recovered well to take control at the penultimate bend and stay on strongly thereafter. A two and a half length victory over Springwell Stevo in second, the time was 29.72 .10s.

CROKERS DOUBLE

Galway regular John Croker enjoyed a double on the night as Crokers Light and Crokers Harbour both notched wins in the book-end races.

First up was Crokers Light in the evening’s opener. Going to post a 5/4 favourite, Crokers Light meant business from the off as he pinged the lids from trap five before proving too hot to handle for his rivals in behind. Setting a scorching gallop throughout, the son of Pat C Sabbath and Maldini's Fancy powered to the winning line to stop the clock in a fast 29.12 .10s.

The double was completed in the concluding race on the card as Crokers Harbour secured a different type of victory to his kennel companion. A huge 86-pound tracker, Crokers Harbour was sluggish into stride from trap two but he tucked in on the rail to receive a dream run around the opening corner. Showing good pace down the back, the son of Droopys Buick and Nushkas Top Gal shot to the front between the bottom two bends and the 3/1 stretched clear to seal a three and a half length victory. The time was 29.41 .10s

IMPRESSIVE TIME FASTEST OF THE NIGHT

There was an eye-catching performance in race two, an ON3 525, as Bling Bling Tim blitzed the field to win by over twelve lengths.

Owned by Kevin Carey, Bling Bling Tim, a March 20’ son of Kinloch Brae and Bling Bling Lola was only moderately away from trap four but after early bumping up front, he took control entering the back and proceeded to draw clear thereafter. Racing to a comprehensive victory over nearest rival, Cloneyogan Jack, in second, the time was a slick 29.03 .10s

NINE NOT OUT FOR KENTUCKY

Kentucky (Jaytee Jet - Droopys Breeze) made it an amazing nine career wins from just twelve starts in the race eight as Tom Burke’s greyhound once again displayed his versatility.

Heading to traps the 4/6 favourite, Kentucky broke well from trap one but it was Ballyhale Chloe who showed first from four. However, barging his way through at the opener was Kentucky and he took a slender advantage down the back from Lingrawn Junior in second. Getting stronger as the race progressed, Kentucky pulled out all the stops in the closing stages of the event to seal a one and a half length victory over Ballyhale Chloe in second. The time was a smart 29.26 .10s.