Peter Farrell

The final of the Colin Barry Memorial Novice sprint was the headline act at Galway Greyhound Stadium last night and there was an upset on the cards as Beebees Star made every yard to score.

It was Brioscai Gloire who had produced two very telling performances prior to the final and he was installed the red-hot 4/7 favourite to continue his unbeaten run in the stake. Beebees Star, however, won her semi final assignment in good style as she posted 19.14 and from a level break last night, Tommy Skeffington’s charge showed the superior acceleration to pull clear from trap four. Setting a powerful gallop into the opening corner, Brioscai Gloire came out of the pack in trap one but was forced to check at the opener, allowing Beebees Star to set sail for home. Tracking expertly around the bottom corner, the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Absolutely Ace emerged a comfortable winner thereafter as she crossed the line with two and a half lengths to spare over Brioscai Gloire in second. The time for the 2/1 shot was 19.36 .20s and she took home the €900 first prize for the decider.


On a night where the track was running on the slow side, Confused FItzy posted a rapid 19.04 in the concluding race of the night.

Owned by Gerry Manley, Confused Fitzy was a warm order in the market and the 2/1 shot showed just why that was as he broke smartly from trap three to dictate the early proceedings. Showing a devastating burst of early speed into the bend, the classy son of Confident Rankin and Confused Breda already held a four length advantage rounding the opener and he maintained this lead all the way to the winning line to see off Burnpark Ronaldo. The time was a fast 19.04 .10s


Elsewhere on the card, there was semi final action of both the WGOBA A7/A10 525 and the WGOBA A5 Tri-Distance down for decision.

In the WGOBA A7/A10 525, it was Dennys Best who went quickest as the November son of Ballymac Best and Its Not You won at a canter. Owned by Denis Coughlan, Dennys Best disputed the early running with Sports Guy in six, however, he quickly asserted rounding the opening turn to go clear. Setting a smart gallop thereafter, Dennys Best upped the ante at the three-quarter mark and he was eight and a half lengths too strong for Sports Guy crossing the line. The time for the 2/1 chance was 29.67 .20s.

Martin Fahy is never too far from the winner’s circle at Galway and he sent out Menmal Princess to go quickest in the WGOBA Tri-Distance.

Run over the 550-yard trip, Menmal Princess came away like the wind from trap five and she led up her kennel companion, Donegal Tom, in second place. Holding a two length lead down the back, the daughter of Paddys Magic and Cottage Brandy continued to hold a healthy lead into the bottom two bends and she stayed on stoutly to hold off Donegal Tom, who was finishing fast, in second. One and a half lengths in it crossing the line, the time was 30.79 .20s.