Millroad Knight may not be a name familiar to most but he made quite an impression last night after posting a brilliant 16.04 for the 300 yard trip at Clonmel.
An August 18’ son of Paddys Magic - Bellmore Fantasy, what was even more impressive about the clock was the fact it was Millroad Knight’s first race appearance at the Suirside venue with the Michael Donnelly trained greyhound normally plying his trade around the tough Kilkenny circuit. Indeed, the Noel Moore and Robbie Donnelly owned greyhound has dipped under the 29 second barrier at Kilkenny over the standard trip which is no mean feat in itself. However, last night he really stepped it up a notch to clock a time which, if memory serves, hasn’t been bettered since June of 2019 when Gone To Ground posted 15.95.
Quickly into stride wearing the striped jacket, Millroad Knight showed fine early dash to lead Foxrock Vicky into the opening corner. Not breaking stride around the bottom two bends, the pocket-sized, sixty-three pounder stretched clear on the run for home and never took his foot off the gas as he crossed the line a two and a half length winner. The time, as reported, was a 16.04. It is also worth noting the breed of this greyhound. His dam, Bellmore Fantasy is a full sister to the hugely fast Laughil Duke so Millroad Knight certainly didn’t didn’t fall from the stars in terms of the pedigree and quite lightly raced with only fifteen starts under his belt, expect to hear more from this pocket-rocket throughout the year.
To add to this success, trainer Michael Donnelly notched a double on the night at Clonmel as Kilara Enable broke his duck in an A6 event later in the card. A sister of the National Puppy finalist, Kilara Getaway, Kilara Enable has found it tough to get off the mark at Kilkenny but she put it all together last night in fine style. Breaking well from trap three, the daughter of Pat C Sabbath - Kilara Lizzie railed well in the early stages before taking control at the penultimate turn. From here, Philip O’Keeffe’s runner stayed on to record a length victory over Polkadotty in second. The time was 29.37. A good night from the Donnelly kennel.