Peter Farrell

There was a particular success of note on last night’s Limerick card as Boyhero, trained by Paraic Campion, notched an incredible twenty-fourth career success.

It’s certainly a rarity that a greyhound who is approaching his fifth birthday still retains top-class ability but Boyhero is definitely an exception to the rule. Owned and trained by Tipperary handler Paraic Campion, Boyhero is a model of consistency who despite his growing years, has raced and beaten some of the best greyhounds in training, right back to 2017.

After opening his account in smashing style at Clonmel, it didn't take long for the evergreen son of Skywalker Puma - Boozed Jordan to establish himself as a leading performer as he posted a red-hot 16.23 around the Suirside venue. In a career which continued to blossom, Boyhero was luckless in being eliminated from the 2018 Tipperary Cup at Thurles Park. However, he returned one week later to post a sizzling 28.45 in the consolation final which was some fifteen spots faster than the main event on that night.

In 2019 Boyhero produced some of his best performances, notching ten wins for the calendar year. Indeed, despite claiming victories at Clonmel, Kilkenny, Shelbourne Park and Limerick, it was at Thurles where this versatile performer was to show some of his best stuff. Aged at almost four and a half years, Boyhero again produced magnificent performances throughout the 2020 Centenary Agri Tipperary Cup to eventually finish a fine runner-up to the much younger Riverside Leo.

Lining out last night at Limerick for an incredible 83rd time, Boyhero was as professional as ever, breaking quickly wearing the blue jacket to make all of the running and cross the line over two lengths clear in a time of 28.98. Based on that performance, don’t expect Boyhero to be on the retirement trail anytime soon but one would imagine that there will be no shortage of breeders who will chance a pup or two from this fellow.


In more news relevant to that of Limerick greyhound stadium, tomorrow’s Category One Golden Jacket at Crayford will also be watched closely by followers of the Dock Road track.

With a prize-fund of £17,500, six finalists will head to traps for the final of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford which is run over 714 meters and although many of the finalists started off on Irish soil, two of the finalists got their career off and running at Limerick.

Both Redzer Renae and Anhid News graced Limerick in August of 2020 and although it was to be their one and only start this side of the water, it was clear that even from an early stage, the marathon trip was the distance at which both would flourish.

Owned at the time by Pat Reddan and Paudie Ryan, Redzer Renae (Kinloch Brae - Redzer Ruby) got her career off to a winning start as she came from some six lengths behind to claim a neck victory at Limerick. All traits that particular night suggested a step up in trip would prove a fruitful one. The same can also be said of Anhid News, owned previously by Ger Hayes. Despite going down to defeat on her only Limerick start, the well-bred daughter of Good News - Tullovin Fire made up eye-catching ground to take the runners-up spot and both videos, which can be viewed by clicking below, are well-worth a watch.



The final itself can be viewed tomorrow afternoon on Sky channel 473 with the decider set to go off at 12.39pm. Bo Shine Bullet is unbeaten in the stake and is the red-hot favourite to land the spoils at 4/6 with Redzer Renea next best at 11/4 with the sponsors. Anhid News is available at around the 8/1 mark.

Best wishes are extended to both Redzer Renea and Anhid News ahead of the feature.