After weather conditions brought both of Clonmel’s race meetings to a halt last week, the Suirside venue was back in action last night and the star of the show was the Sharon Hunt trained Wink Woosh who produced a scintillating display.
After returning from the UK scene, Wink Woosh had been luckless in his three starts prior to last night. However, there is little doubt that the November 18’ son of Good News - Million Jay possesses big pace and he certainly expressed this in what was a tough A1 event. Owned by the Chasing-Glory syndicate, Wink Woosh bolted from trap five to lead Emers Velvet into the opening corner. Showing a fine burst of speed down the back straight, the striking black had four lengths in hand over Montys Fame, who was now motoring into second. A two dog affair with a large gap separating the duo from the rest of the field, Wink Woosh showed great determination as he stayed on well to score by two lengths over the fast finishing Montys Fame in second. The time was a sizzling 28.71.
STRONG FINISH FROM HERO
Next best on the clock came in race five which was an A4 event claimed by Glideaway Hero.
Owned by Sean O’Donoghue, Glideaway Hero was chasing a first career win and he did so after producing a strong second half to the event. Led early on by Fastnet Tiger, Glideaway Hero tucked nicely in behind heading down the back straight before the orange jacketed runner took over approaching the penultimate corner. Powering clear thereafter, the well bred son of Droopys Cain - Glideaway Pearl was two lengths better off at the winning line from Fastnet Tiger in second. The time was a good 29.02.
IMPRESSIVE BUNDI KICKS OFF DONOVAN DOUBLE
Elsewhere on the card there was an Open 300 down for decision and Coolavanny Bundi put this one to bed in fine style for trainer Mark O’Donovan who was to seal a double on the night.
After a series of stunning trial form prior to racing, Coolavanny Bundi reached the final of the Denis Linehan Solicitors Unraced 525 at Curraheen Park where he finished a respectable third. Dropped back down to the two bend trip last night, the son of Confident Rankin - Coolavanny Sella ran out a very convincing winner. Led early on by Tivoli Maestro, Coolavanny Bundi showed great pace to take over between the bottom two bends. Once clear, he stormed up the straight to record a two and a half length win. The time was a smart 16.34.
Shortly after, O’Donovan was responsible for sending out Serene Best who produced a very likeable performance for an 18 month old puppy.
Smartly into stride from trap two, Serene Best showed brilliant early pace to dispute the lead into the opening corner with Springfield Oreo. Driving the bend, the son of Ballymac Best - Slaneyside Kitty took over upon entrance to the back straight and from here, it was one way traffic for the Edward Ryan owned greyhound. Coming home a convincing five length winner, the time was 29.18.
IN OTHER RACES
Another greyhound to get off the mark was Longview Jack (Laughil Blake - Sarahs Turbo) as he landed a 300 yard event in race three. Owned by Kathryn Ryan, Longview Jack, after a level break, outpaced his rival in the early yards and made every post a winning one thereafter. Over five lengths clear at the winning line, the time was 16.53.
Eoinsdreamgirl landed race eight in trap to line fashion for owner David O’Neill. Quickest intro stride wearing the striped jacket, Eoinsdreamgirl maintained a strong gallop throughout and despite coming under late pressure from Nomadic Toby, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Whiteys Diamond held on well to claim a length and a half success. The time was 29.18.