Peter Farrell

Clonmel hosted a ten race meeting last night and it was a young October 19’ novice greyhound who really caught the eye in the shape of the Owen McKenna trained Valentia Royale.

Jointly owned by James Cunningham and Maurice Jackson, Valentia Royale arrived at Clonmel with two nice qualifying trials, already suggesting he was no slouch. Choicely bred being a son of Kinloch Brae - Fear Emoski, the dam of the likes of Ballydoyle Valor and Bo Shine Bullet, Valentia Royle was running in an ON2/ON3 event in race five and duly took the contest by the scruff of the neck from the offset. Breaking well from trap two, Valentia Royale quicked asserted his position on the rails and showed good early pace to round the opening bend with a three length lead in hand. Quickly stretching clear down the back straight, the lead had trebled to nine lengths come the penultimate turn as the striking black was in full flow with the winning line now in sight. Staying on stoutly thereafter, the Owen McKenna trained pup crossed the line with over ten lengths in hand as the clock returned a very decent 29.08. One for the notepad going forward.


Another greyhound who was making his debut last night, albeit at the age of August 18’, was Mulcair Hannon and he also made light work of his contest to win in superb style.

Owned by Pat McNamara, Mulcair Hannon boasted a faultless formbook heading into last night's S2/S3 event and he maintained that form in terrific fashion. Breaking smartly wearing the black jacket, Mulcair Hannon was narrowly led by Laughil Syd in the early yards but he soon outpaced his rival to sweep up the inside and take a commanding lead into the home straight. From here, it was routine for the son of Droopys Jet - Mulcair Raven and he stormed across the line to record a five length victory. The time was a red-hot 16.04, joint fastest of the year so far.


Hawkeye Supreme brought his career tally to three wins in race four as he landed an A3/A4 event in trap to line style. Owned by Dan Murphy, Hawkeye Supreme came in as a reserve in trap four and took his chance well as he broke swiftly from trap four to lead Zoomey Blaze into the opening bend. Little to separate the field into the back straight and Hawkeye Supreme started to pull clear, creating a two length advantage in the process. Sticking to his task well thereafter, the son of Sparta Maestro - Fancy Nancy stayed on well as crossed the line with over two lengths to spare on Zoomey Blaze in second. The time was a decent 29.21.

Minor Trump won well on debut for Mary O’Connor and was equally impressive last night when coming from off-the-pace to land the spoils. Only a September 19’ whelp, Minor Trump had to settle for second for the first half of the race as Emers Penny set a fine gallop in front. However, displaying his strong running style once again, the son of Minor Mike - Minor Winner stormed to the front rounding the penultimate corner and from here, he powered over the line to win by an extending four and a half lengths. The time was 29.25.

There was one other notable performance on the night and that came in race nine, an A6/A7 525, as the Aaron O’Hanlon owned and trained Fastnet Dancer (Droopys Jet - Ela Patchy) broke her maiden tag in impressive style. After running a super race in defeat last time out, Fastnet Dancer was much sharper at boxes last night and she showed in front from trap three. Taking a two length lead into the back straight, Gagas Pet was the nearest challenger and the latter kept her honest all the way around. However, never under serious pressure, Fastnet Dancer crossed the line two lengths clear of her rival in a time of 29.29.