Peter Farrell

The remaining twelve heats of the TIME Greyhound Nutrition A4 Confined Derby get underway at Limerick later tonight and if last night was anything to go by, expect more smart performances in this €20,000 to the winner initiative.

Of last night’s opening twelve heats, it was Canya Mags that set the standard of those advancing as she posted 28.91, however, in general the heats were very closely matched with little to separate the bulk of the runners on the clock. Tonight, another twelve heats go down for decision and expect more of the same as the chase for the €20,000 prize gets into full swing.


Heat 13 – A couple of standout runners in the opening heat on tonight’s card are Cape Lodge and Russmur Majestic. The former was narrowly beaten last time out at Tralee when well supported, while ‘Majestic’ did manage to get his head in front when posting 29.46 around Kilkenny. Taking that performance into account, the son of Pestana, trained by Stephen Dunne, looks the one to beat.

Heat 14 – Jointly owned by Evan McAuliffe and Barry Dermot Murphy, Innfield Place is bidding for a hat-trick of wins when donning the red jacket this evening and the early-paced daughter of Magical Bale shouldn’t be far away. All about early speed, she is well-drawn and could take a bit of catching.

Heat 15Mustang Rossie posted a fine 16.69 when qualifying at Clonmel and although still searching for a first win, could get off the mark in heat fifteen. Drawn in five, the son of Explosive Boy has shown glimpses of his ability thus far, however, looks to be on cusp on a smart display for Sean Bourke and Paul Horig. Cashen Felicity can prove the biggest threat for Chris Houlihan in six.

Heat 16 – Another puppy gets the nod in heat sixteen as That’s It Pa bids to build on an impressive start to his racing career. Jointly owned by Liam Cahill and Tony Lacey, the son of Malachi clocked 29.35 in his first victory around Clonmel and he wouldn’t need to improve much on that form to land the spoils. The likes of Cashen Hoffa and Sir Rodger are selected to give him the most to think about.

Heat 17Barnagrane Ed came from a fair bit back on route to his first victory around Tralee last time out and he looks to have plenty in hand ahead of his tilt for the Derby. Owned by Paudie O’Keeffe, the son of Cushie Jet isn’t expected to feature early, however, will be flying at the finish. His rivals include Pennylane View, who is a likely leader, and Bosra Bono in three.

Heat 18 – Owned by Michelle Lawlor, Hows Things Now has been performing well around Thurles lately and he gets the nod to double his career tally in heat eighteen. The son of Magical Bale has some smart clocks to his name and this is a drop in class for the strapping black. Ballycowen Mila will be finishing at speed and looks the main threat.

Heat 19 – Early pace wins races and Priceless Hero is a model of consistency when it comes to this particular attribute. Dave Hickey’s runner, a son of the brilliant Battle Cry, has three wins under his belt and has some smart times to boot around the tough Thurles circuit. As a result, he looks the one to beat from a good draw in two. Rocket Duke is one to watch in six.

Heat 20 – Rather unfortunate given there were twenty-four opening round heats, Thomas Sugrue has had his two kennel representatives drawn in the same heat and it is Skidroes Pestana who looks the ace card. A former 28.91 winner in late 2023, a return to that type of form will be enough. Hidden Burgess and Lemon Anton can also get involved.

Heat 21 – Freyas Queen has the better of the recent form having produced some nice times around Mullingar and Clonmel and she shouldn’t be too far away in heat twenty-one. Anthony Hamilton’s bitch stays on well and will benefit from a good draw in one. That said, Burning Cash is the selection despite being last seen in mid-April. The well-bred daughter of Classic winner, Amazing Alice, the Patrick O’Connor trained bitch qualified well around Limerick and is still open to much improvement.

Heat 22 – Kieran Lynch is always a man worth respecting and he brings Gaytime Elmo to Limerick in search of a first career win. The son of Gaytime Hawk has been costly to follow around Cork, however, clearly has ability as shown in qualifying. Of his rivals, the massive Glengar Wilder wouldn’t need to improve much on a 29.47 estimate around the slow Lifford track, while Rosshill Dixie brings some solid Galway form to the table.

Heat 23Marine Falcon is a half sister to the superstar sprinter that is Gizmo Cash and she too looks to have plenty of early speed if her 3.08 recent sectional at Tralee is anything to go by. The daughter of Magical Bale and Down The Green is a likely leader as a result in this contest but whether she can hold on remains to be seen. Of her rivals, Drumgeely Jim was very strong on his most recent outing, which was a victory around Galway, and he looks a big player.

Heat 24 – There are some big-hitters involved in the final heat of the opening round with Pat Buckley, Marie Gilbert and Owen McKenna all represented in the field. Cluas Exile, however, looks the one to beat. A previous runaway winner in 29.13 around Youghal, he has failed to reproduce that form but the ability is clearly there. Sunnybank Mia is an obvious threat having clocked 28.82 on debut around Dundalk.