Peter Farrell

The Suirside Restaurant Unraced Bitch Stake at Clonmel looked to have all the makings of a quality stake on paper and last night’s opening round certainly didn’t disappoint. 

 There were five opening round heats on display and one of the highlights was a very nice double for the kennel of Richard Spencer with his litter sisters, Bettys Book and Bettys Hope. Both greyhounds are a product of Laughil Irene who was a talented tracker herself and with a pedigree which speaks for itself, the future looks bright for these two bitches. 

 Bettys Book was the first to cross over in front in the opening heat of the night. Redzer Ruinart​                broke best of all from trap two and was quickly followed into the opening turn by Bettys Book and Toker Jane. Setting a fine gallop in front, Redzer Ruinart narrowly headed Bettys Book into the back straight but Bettys was beginning to wind up her challenge in second place. In full throttle rounding the bottom two bends, Bettys Book swept to the front and staying on very strongly close home, the daughter of Droopys Sydney ran out a convincing winner. Four and a half lengths too good, the time was a fast 28.89​. 

It was heat four before Bettys Hope ​ could seal the double for Richard Spencer and she did so​after a closely fought battle between herself and Rural Reward. Fast away from trap five, Bettys Hope got first run on her rival and she took a narrow lead into the back straight with Rural

Reward chasing hard in second. Nip and tuck between the pair for the rest of the contest, Bettys

Hope stuck to her guns well to record a half length win of Rural Reward. The time was a slick 28.93.​ 


The fastest return of the opening round came in heat five from the Karol Ramsbottom trained Ballymac Notoyou. 

Owned by Stephen Murphy and Miles Anderton, the well-made Ballymac Notoyou​  trapped in​ front wearing the red jacket and the blue paced up the rails to take a comfortable lead. Her intentions were clear down the back straight as Ballymac Notoyou stretched clear and tracking expertly around the bottom two corners, the daughter of Droopys Sydney - Ballymac Razl stayed on strong to claim a two and a half length win. The time was an outstanding 28.58​. From​     a dam which has produced the likes of Ballymac Inspeed, Ballymac Tas and Ballymac Bolger to name a few, connections can be optimistic of a huge future from this bitch. 


Heat three was a closely run affair with Jet Stream Debit coming out on top for trainer Paul Kiely. 

Owned by Mr E.T Freshwater, Jet Stream Debit ​(​Dorotas Wildcat - Forest Dot) was first to show in the red jacket and she showed lovely early pace to turn the opening bend in charge. Setting a strong gallop from there on in, Urban Honey gave the leader plenty to think about in the closing stages of the event but Jet Stream Debit held strong to land the spoils. A length between the duo at the winning line, the time was a good 28.95​              .​ 

Liam Dowling has a conveyor belt for producing talent and at a mere fifteen months, Ballymac Mavis landed heat two in comfortable style. 

Outallday briefly led from trap four but after shipping a bump early on, Ballymac Mavis took​      over at the second bend and the red jacket carried the field into the back straight. The result never in doubt thereafter, the daughter of Ballymac Bolger - Ballymac Bra came home a healthy two length winner as the clock stopped in 29.19.​   



Elsewhere on the card there was a very smart performance from Springfield Gold in race six, the Slievenamon A6/A7. 

With just the one start under her belt, Springfield Gold ​erased her opening race defeat with a​ dominant display for owners, Matthew & Maeve Cummins. Only a February 19’ whelp, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Wakulla Gold broke full of running from trap four and never saw another tail after that. Storming to a near ten length win, Springfield Gold clocked a fast 28.82​              .​ 


After recording a very fast win on his first outing at Kilkenny, Kameko qualified back in with a fine 16.28 spin around Clonmel and Larry O’Rourke’s charge made it two wins from two with an expert display in race ten.

A very well bred son of Mysterious Ways, who has thrown numerous open race winners, Kameko took charge from the outset with a fast break from trap three. Leading throughout, the​    result was never in doubt for Kameko and despite Toker Highway running a fine race in second, he was no match for the winner and he came home two lengths clear. The time was an excellent 28.62.​