The second round of the Friends & Supporters of Cork Greyhound Racing Irish Greyhound Laurels took place at Curraheen Park on Saturday night and it was another outstanding night of racing.
Droopys Edison went quickest on the night as the Robert Gleeson-trained star broke the track record, clocking a sensational 27.83 for owners Michael Dunphy and Paul Allen.
Breaking well along the inside, the even-money favourite drove a fantastic corner as he slipped around in front from Galloping Sydney. Such a strong and powerful performer, Droopys Edison was in full control heading down the back straight and he pulled further and further clear to land the spoils in great fashion. Clocking incredible finishing sectionals, the most impressive winner came home clear, breaking the previous track of 27.85 which was set by Curious Boy in 2016.
Brogan Highway ran on strongly for second, eight and a half lengths back with a further two and a half lengths back to Galloping Sydney in third.
THE GRAHAM HOLLAND SHOW
Graham Holland enjoyed another wonderful night as the leading trainer landed a brilliant treble.
Garryvoe Jot got the second round off to a flying start when winning the opening heat for owner Pat Moloney. The 4-5 favourite produced his best start and once he slipped around in front, it was clear he was on for something special.
Showing massive all-round pace, Garryvoe Joe came home three lengths clear of the running on Ballymac Whispa, in 27.99. Defending champion One Time Only was three lengths back in third.
Heat five went the way of Swords Rex for trainer Graham Holland and owner Barbara Lowndes.
Sent off an easy-to-back 3-1 shot, Swords Rex had a really tricky draw out in trap five, but he overcame it in great style.
Flying into the opening corner, he was in prime position as he turned the opening bend. Serene Ace was showing massive early dash along the inside, but the winner was much the stronger in the closing stages as he went on to win by three lengths, in 27.99. A short head back to Good Cody in third with Bockos Budsit going out of the event in fourth after missing the kick.
The Holland treble was completed in the following race as Cryptopunk showed his class for Simon Taylor.
Well backed in the ring, the 6-4 market leader flew to the corner from trap five and once he went around in front, it was game over. Strong throughout, he came home four and a half lengths clear of Ballymac Bailey, in 28.19. Two and a half lengths back to Newinn Nifty in third.
FIVE STRAIGHT WINS
Russmur Pat recorded five straight wins in heat two.
Trained by James O'Regan for Jeremiah Murphy, the 4-5 favourite produced another great start to win the early battle for the lead. Such a strong tracker in front, the in-form winner delivered another high-class performance, coming home with eight and a half lengths to spare over Cashen Miska, in 28.28. A short head back to Droopys Rocker in third place.
WI CAN DREAM
In heat three, Wi Can Dream returned to winning form for trainer Patrick Guilfoyle and Lars and Anita Wicander.
The 4-1 shot just had enough early pace to make the corner in front. Kicking on down the back straight, he quickly put the race to bed. A four lengths success from Princeless King, in 28.31, with a length back to Kilcolgan Comet in third place.
IN OTHER HEATS
In the following race, Laughil Roy put on another superb front running winning performance for trainer Michael O'Donovan and owners Mary and Paul Jennings.
The even-money favourite showed a lovely touch of early pace and the outcome was never in any doubt. A 28.37 winning run, a length and a half clear of Jaytee Wexford, with another length and a half back to Slaneyside Jimbo.
In heat seven Broadstrand Noah was a very good winner for local trainer Johnny Linehan and owners the Ryan-Drake-Donovan-Syndicate.
The 8-1 outsider just made the corner in front, strong at the head of affairs, he clocked impressive finishing sectionals as he beat Millridge Byrce, by three lengths, in 28.26, with Illnotbeback a further four lengths back in third.
The draw for the Quarters Finals can be found at https://www.grireland.ie/racing/upcoming-race-cards/upcoming-race-card-summary/?track=CRK&id=104350&date=22-Oct-2022