Peter Farrell

Clonmel hosted a nine race card last night and there was no shortage of top-class performances as Carols Legacy introduced himself to the racing scene with a brilliant debut display.

Owned by Ger Power and Francis Walsh, Carols Legacy was stepping out for his first race in an ON3 525 and he was to produce an outstanding display to win by over eleven lengths. An August 20’ son of Confident Rankin and Emers Diva, Carols Legacy was on the ball from the outset as he trapped smartest from the stripes to lead his rivals into the opening corner. From here, it was a formality for the promising youngster as he drew clear of his rivals to seal to stop the third bend sectional in a swift 16.21. Maintaining that relentless gallop all the way to the winning line, Carols Legacy emerged an eleven and a half length scorer over Rathcoole Poppy in second. The time was an excellent 28.79.


In other races, Graham Holland sealed a double with Russian Rocket in the opener and Oreo Into Orbit in race three.

Russian Rocket got the card off to a flier as he made every post a winner for Justin and Pat Muldoon. The September 20’ son of Droopys Jet and Good Legacy had two luckless starts prior to last night but he broke his maiden tag in good style after a fast start from trap four. Once in front, there was no catching Russian Rocket as he held off the persistent challenge of Kilkenny Hawk in the dying strides.  A half a length between rivals crossing the line, the time was 28.95.

The double was completed in race three as Oreo Into Orbit secured a fourth career win in a 300-yard contest. Owned by Rachel Holland, the March son of Droopys Jet and Riverside Honey was swiftly into stride from trap five and he took control on the approach to the opening corner from the early pacemaker, Ballysloe Spark. Tracking well rounding the bottom two bends, Oreo Into Orbit continued to set a strong gallop in the closing stages as he crossed the line three lengths clear of Ballysloe Spark in second. The time was 16.26.


Rising Castle has produced some sensational sprinting efforts in recent starts and he was once again on song last night as he blew his rivals away.

Owned by the Fleming-Family-Syndicate, Rising Castle clocked a scintillating 17.49 in a recent start at Thurles and although he didn’t come away too fluently from trap three last night, he displayed awesome gears rounding the opening bend to take control. Sticking to the rails between corners, Rising Castle took full control from Bionic Bandit on the run for home and the son of Zero Ten and Satin Jessie stayed on powerfully up the hill to record a three length win over Evo Thunder in second. The time was a scorching 16.10.


The Breda Barrett-owned Seefin Syd (Droopys Sydney - Yahoo Ava)was another to dip under the 29-second mark in race five. Running in an ON2 525, Seefin Syd built on his impressive qualifying campaign as he took charge off the second turn. The Patrick Barrett-trained charge continued to set a strong gallop thereafter and despite a powerful effort from Tullovin Vita, who was a real eye-catcher in second, he came home a length clear of his rival. The time for the October puppy was a good 28.93.

Minor Trump is never too far away at Clonmel greyhound stadium and Mary O’Connor’s charge was back in the winner’s enclosure with a fine display in race seven. Bidding for a sixth career win, the son of Minor Mike and Minor Winner was quickest into stride from trap six and although briefly headed off the second turn, he quickly took back control to come home three lengths clear of Clondoty Seamie in second. The time was 28.89.

The penultimate race of the night saw Suir Road (Droopys Sydney - Dalcash Kalade) produce another accomplished performance for owner Liam Ryan. A winner of three prior to last night, Suir Road has plenty of gears and once he led from trap two, there was little chance of him being reeled in as he set a strong gallop throughout. Racing to a comfortable three and a half length success over Glenbervie Maza in second, the time was a fast 28.82.