With the National Produce Stakes scheduled to start next week at Clonmel greyhound stadium, it was a low-key affair at the Suirside track last night with an all-graded ten race card on offer.
The fastest performer of the night was the Simon Taylor owned Newinn Tik Tok who held off the fast finish of Good Times Again to land his ON2 525. Trained by Graham Holland, Newinn Tik Tok had a modest qualifying campaign but the December 19’ son of Droopys Sydney - Newinn Boodles stepped up to dip under the twenty-nine second barrier. Breaking smartly from trap six, Newinn Tik Tok showed a lovely turn of early pace as he swooped the opening bend to take charge from Good Times Again in second. Maintaining a strong gallop down the back, it quickly became a two dog affair with plenty to play entering the midway point. Racing into the penultimate turn and Newinn Tik Tok clocked a brisk 16.19 to the third bend as he shut the door on his rival which proved the decisive move on the overall outcome of the contest. Steering a wide course rounding the final turn, Newinn Tik Tok had victory in his sights but he was all out to see off the equally eye-catching Good Time Again who came back for more late on. Just a neck separating the duo crossing the line. The time was a slick 28.96.
That result sealed a double for Graham Holland as prior to that, litter sister Russian Dancer also got her racing career off to a flier.
Jointly owned by Pat and Justin Muldoon, Russian Dancer, like her brother was expertly into stride wearing the red jacket and she opened a comfortable lead on the run to the opening bend. Showing the way from Farranrory Freya heading into the back straight, Russian Dancer stuck to her task well and she saw off her persistent rival by a length and a half at the winning line. The time was 29.32.
CAHIR OUTCLASSES RIVALS
There was a very likeable performance in the opening race of the night as We Dont Cahir landed her debut sprint contest in runaway fashion.
Owned by the Famous-Five-Lads syndicate and trained by Rachel Wheeler, We Dont Cahir quickly took control from trap one as she sped up the rails to round the opening turn in control. From here, it was to prove a routine success for the daughter of Ballymac Best - Sing Dixie as she powered up the straight to record a five and a half length win over Cant Stop Busy in second. The time was 16.44.
Race eight may have been an S5/S7 contest but it is worth noting that it was an August 16’ veteran who landed the spoils.
Kilmilil, owned and trained by David Hickey was searching for his first win in over a year last night and he got his just deserves. Slowly into stride from trap one, the heavyweight son of Dan The Man - Eyeoweuzilch took advantage of first bend traffic to stick tight to the rails and take control. Running on well towards the line, Kilmilil recorded a three and a half length victory over Winloseordraw in second. The time was 16.66.