The final of the €,1200 to the winner Kilsheelan Gallop Guys & Dolls took centre stage at Clonmel greyhound stadium last night and it was Callmesteve who took off at halfway to land the spoils for trainer Graham Holland.
Minor Trump set the standard last week after a slick 28.67 performance but in what was a wide-open final, both he and Callmesteve went to traps the joint favourites to land the spoils and it was the latter who came out on top.
In a race where the break would prove crucial, Minor Trump missed his box from six and in contrast, it was Raceway Tipp who came away smartly from three with Brave Yank also displaying an eye-catching turn of early speed from five. Space was very much at a premium at the opening corner however, and while Brave Yank was squeezed out of contention, Raceway Tipp nipped around in front from the advancing Callmesteve, who maintained his pitch on the rails. Heading into the back straight and it quickly became a two-dog affair as Raceway Tipp and Callmesteve had opened a good advantage on their rivals and it was latter who was to crank it up a notch approaching the 300-yard box. Storming past the leader at this point, Callmesteve powered around the bottom two corners and from here, the son of Out Of Range and Adamant Reba, jointly owned by Mark Sullivan and Matthew Bergin, stayed on very strongly to cross the line with over five lengths in hand. Raceway Tipp ran a fine race to claim second, and it was eleven lengths back to the third finisher, Canya Goforit. The time was a rapid 28.70 and many thanks are extended to the sponsors of this event.
WESTSIDE FRANKS HIS PROMISE
Westside Frank set tongues wagging last week after a brilliant 28.63 debut performance and he followed that win up with another fine display in the final of the Slievenamon ON2 525.
Owned by Clonoulty-To-Golden syndicate and trained by Mark O’Donovan, Westside Frank had a good buckle with Romeo Cruise last week but last night’s victory was much more comprehensive. Running from trap six, Westside Frank came away racing from his wide pitch and he quickly put his rivals to the sword with an excellent display of early pace. From here, it was one-way traffic for the son of Pat C Sabbath - Boherna Liz as he stretched out brilliantly to score by six and a half lengths. The time was 28.85.
COOLANGA SETS THE PACE IN EPIC HERO STAKE
There were three opening round heats of the Epic Hero A2/A3 Bitch Stake also on the card and Coolanga Lady made light work of her opposition to lay down a huge marker going forward.
Owned by Michael Lowry, Coolanga Lady clocked a smart 16.32 trial at Kilkenny prior to last night and her five month exodus from the track prior to that has clearly done her no harm as she produced a stunning effort in heat two last night. Breaking well from trap one, Coolanga Lady quickly took control of the contest with an immediate display of acceleration and the daughter of Droopys Sydney - Princey Beag turned it into a procession thereafter. Galloping to a virtual solo, Coolanga Lady crossed the line over twelve lengths clear in a time of 28.64, a sensational effort from Lowry’s bitch. The remaining two heats were landed by Tullovin Flower in 29.32 and Cahir Lady in 29.40.
IN OTHER RACES
Elsewhere on the card there were a number of powerful performances and the first of those came in race two as Bogcross Amigo produced a career best display. Owned by Noel Culleton, Bogcross Amigo is the latest prodigy from Glenbowen Jewel, who has produced some nice trackers thus far, and the handy son of Clonbrien Hero notched a third win last night. Running from trap four, Bogcross Amigo was quickest into stride and after a closely run affair with Newinn Harrow in two, the former saw off his rival by a length at the winning line. The time was a hot 28.81.
In race five there was another fine performance from the Michael Ryan owned Tullovin Berry. A winner of his last two races in comfortable style, the son of Good News and Tullovin Kim is clearly running at the top of his game at present and he bolted from trap five to lead the field a merry dance into the opening corner. Never under any threat thereafter, Tullovin Berry blitzed his rivals to cross the line five and a half lengths better off than Kilpipe Glen in second. The time was a rapid 28.74.