Peter Farrell

There were a number of impressive displays at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium last night but there was little doubt who the star of the show was as the Declan Byrne trained Lisnakill Vernon posted a sparkling 28.50.

Only an October 19’ whelp, Lisnakill Vernon has started his career on a mission and last night he brought his career tally to four wins from just five starts. After posting a slick 28.83 on debut around the tough Enniscorthy circuit, Michael O’Keeffe’s puppy put together back-to-back 28.89 performances at Clonmel and he stepped up on those victories in emphatic fashion in race ten. Quickly into stride from wearing the red jacket, Lisnakill Vernon blitzed the opposition in the early yards and his talented rivals could simply not go with the classy puppy thereafter. Setting a frantic gallop down the back, the son of Ballymac Eske - Roseville Dawn stayed on equally as strong rounding the bottom two bends and he had five lengths in hand over Cloncunny Peewee crossing the line. The time was a red-hot 28.50 and expect to hear much more from Lisnakill Vernon going forward.


Not too far behind in terms of the clock was Zoomey Blaze and the Maurice Organ trained greyhound also proved a class above his rivals.

A quick glance through the card of Zoomey Blaze would suggest that this greyhound always possessed plenty of talent based on a hugely impressive qualifying campaign. However, he perhaps didn’t reach the heights many expected thereafter, and as such, he found himself in A4 company last night in race four. Jointly owned by Daniel Gibbons and Stan Boles, Zoomey Blaze was flawless in his performance as he pounced from trap four, outpaced his rivals early on, before drawing clear to see off Windmill Metro by a huge twelve lengths. It was evident that the clock would be smart based on a 16.08 penultimate bend sectional and this proved the case as the son of Droopys Roddick - Nans Lucky posted a superb 28.52; a devastating display from Zoomey Blaze.


Bombay Joe has had the look of a greyhound who was on the cusp of a smart clock in the past couple of weeks and he fulfilled that promise last night with a career best effort.

Owned by the Parachute syndicate, Bombay Joe hadn’t managed to dip under 29-seconds in his previous starts but he did so in emphatic fashion last night in what was an A2 525 event. Superbly bred out of Ballymac Best - Ballydoyle Honey, the black hit the ground running from trap three and it was lights out for his rivals thereafter. Stretching clear down the back straight, Bombay Joe maintained a ferocious gallop in the latter stages of the contest and he came home four lengths clear of Springwood Salah in second. The time was a very fast 28.60.


There were a number of sub 29-second runs elsewhere on the card and the first of those came in race five as Springfield Oreo (Coolavanny Jap - Little Satin) recorded a second career win. Owned by Matthew Cummins, ‘Oreo’ was quickest into stride from trap six and she proceeded to set a very strong gallop throughout to come home seven lengths clear of Cloncunny Walker in second. The time was a rapid 28.86.


Na Coimini (Rio Quattro - Lavally Sarah)was next to dip under 29-seconds as Margaret Barrett’s greyhound made it back-to-back wins. In what resulted in an exciting finish, Na Coimini, trained by David Flanagan, came from some ten lengths off the pace to chase Emers Meg around the final turn and chin the longtime leader on the line. A neck separating the duo, the time was a slick 28.87 and this was a particularly eye-catching performance from Na Coimini.

There was no shortage of trap to line victories on the night and Springwood Joy was next to follow in race eight, the Kilsheelan Gallop A3 525. Owned by Denis McCarthy, Springwood Joy hadn’t tasted victory since August of last year but the daughter of Droopys Jet - Allowdale Nokia broke well from trap three to run out a comfortable winner. Leading throughout, McCarthy’s charge maintained a strong gallop to run out a five length winner over Jumpy John in second. The time was 28.84.