There were a number of excellent performances at Clonmel greyhound stadium last night but it was Joseph Crotty owned Rapid Jack who was best of all in race seven.
After being forced to settle for the runner up spot on his previous five outings, there was a no more deserved winner than the aptly named Rapid Jack as the son of Droopys Cain - Annies Ace came in as a reserve and got back to winning ways in fantastic fashion. Bolting out of trap five, Rapid Jack had the better of the early exchanges and the consistent black made all of the running as he fended off the challenge of Mustang Sweetie to emerge a one and a half length victor. The time, as you would come to expect from this greyhound, was a swift 28.76. The fastest of the night.
Next best on the clock came in the final race of the evening as Chasing Landy notched his first career win in spectacular fashion.
Only a March 19’ whelp, Sean O’Halloran’s charge contested the Munster Juvenile Puppy Cup at the start of his career and although not raising a flag, he certainly looks a promising type based on last night's exploits. It was Eskvale Sally who led early in this contest but running from trap five, Chasing Landy soon took control just off the second turn. Storming to the front, the son of Droopys Jet - Absolutely Ace stretched clear and powered up the home straight to win by a comfortable eight lengths. The time was a hot 28.79.
IN OTHER RACES
The top race of the night came in race four which was the Sporting Press AO/A1 525 and Strides Bilibong claimed victory for owner, Alan Brazier.
Fastest into stride wearing the orange jacket, Strides Bilibong made the early running to take a narrow lead into the opening corner. From here, the son of Jaytee Jet - Farranrory Fay stuck to his task well and saw off the persistent challenge of Montys Fame. Trained by Sharon Hunt, Strides Bilibong was a length better off at the winning line as the clock returned a fast 28.84.
There was another eye-catching performance in race eight as Foxrock Vicky ran out a comprehensive winner of what was an A6 525 event.
Owned by Paul Hogan, Foxrock Vicky ensured she would be taking on much stiffer opposition next time out as she ran to a virtual solo from trap three. Quickly into stride early on, the daughter of Ballymac Vic - Donals Tank showed a lovely turn of early dash to take control from the outset. Once in front, the leader bound clear and she cantered to a seven and a half length victory. The time was a smart 28.92.
It certainly was a night for big winning margins and the biggest of the night came in race five as Raceway Bloom crossed the line eleven lengths to the good.
Owned by Patrick O’Brien, Raceway Bloom was chasing her first victory at her tenth attempt but she did so in emphatic fashion. Well away wearing the blue jacket, Raceway Bloom ran wide on the run-up but quickly grabbed the ascendancy heading into the opening corner. From here, she galloped clear and extended her lead with every stride. Never under threat, the daughter of Rio Quattro - Lavally Sarah stopped the clock in 29.11.
The Aaron O’Hanlon trained Fastnet Tiger is another greyhound in a rich vein of form and the brindle made in back to back wins in the final race of the session.
Owned by Karl O’Hanlon, Fastnet Tiger claimed a comfortable success last time out but his latest win was even better as he ran out a six and a half length winner. Stepping out lively from trap one, the son of Razldazl George - Minister Hill paced up well to lead around the opening corner. It was a formality thereafter and the consistent sort made every post a winner as he came home clear of nearest rival, Dacash in second. The time, identical to his last win, 29.46.