Peter Farrell

There were a number of very smart performances at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium last night and it was Clondoty Seamie who, not for the first time, produced an excellent display to land the feature race of the night which was the A0/A1 525.

Owned by John Leahy, Clondoty Seamie is a massively consistent tracker who had made the frame on seventeen of his twenty appearances prior to last night. Out like a rocket from trap two, Clondoty Seamie posted a rapid 2.75 opening sectional and from there, he was well on his way to a seventh career win. Stretching out brilliantly down the back, the son of Laughil Blake and Clondoty Amy blitzed a top-class field as he romped to a five length victory over nearest rival, Maughera Dancer, in second. The time was a quick 28.66.


In race four, there was an exciting debut performance from Getouttamyway as John Ryan’s charge powered to a convincing victory.

Trained by Rachel Wheeler, the August 20’ whelp came into the ON2/3 event fresh off a brilliant qualifying campaign and he broke well from trap two to display brilliant acceleration and take charge rounding the opener. There was no catching Getouttamyway thereafter as he stormed clear down the back straight and the son of Droopys Sydney and Lady Midnight relished every yard of the 525-yard trip to claim a convincing win. Crossing the line five lengths clear of Pyledriver in second, the time was a smart 28.71.


Paraic Campion was on form at Clonmel last night as he landed a quick-fire double, the fastest of which coming in race nine as Warrenstown Boy made all.

An April 20’ son of Magical Bale and Road Queen, Warrenstown Boy was chasing a fourth career win and he was in no mood to hang around as he bolted from trap five to record a 2.76 sectional. In charge throughout, the Osmond Bennett-owned blue posted an open class 16.10 to the third turn before staying on well to cross the line with a half length to spare over Blueway Best in second. The time was a slick 28.89.

Prior to that, Palace Hill got the double off in running with a different kind of victory than his kennel companion. Owned this time by the New-Ballyboy-Syndicate, Palace Hill came away well from trap four but had to play second fiddle behind Kilkash Toto who led early on. However, showing good speed throughout, the fawn son of Ballymac Vic and Boozed Bubble took over between the bottom two bends and he kept on well to cross the line with a neck in hand over the persistent Giglis Bellissimo in second. The time was 29.21.


In the opening race of the night, Rural Surprise made every post a winner for joint owners Michael and Emily O’Dwyer. Only a November puppy, the Graham Holland-trained Rural Surprise was luckless in her debut start but a fast break from five last night sent her well on her way to breaking her maiden tag. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, the well-bred daughter of Droopys Jet and Rural Aloha kept on well in closing stages to see off the eye-catching Billys Red by two lengths. The time was 29.14.

Fabulous Verona went down by a neck on her debut last week but she went one better for David Firmager in race two last night as she ran out a comfortable winner. Trained by Adam Dunford, the daughter of Zero Ten and Fabulous Journal was headed early on by Chasing Nellie, however, she took charge midway down the back before staying on strongly to cross the line over five lengths clear of Moanteen Finlay in second. The time was a good 28.92.