GREAT NAME FASTEST TO THIRD TURN

Ian Fortune

Of the eight greyhounds that led at the third bend sectional in the opening round of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup, it was perhaps surprising that Great Name That went fastest.

By that I mean if you were offered the chance to predict the greyhound that would go fastest to the point, he may not have been in your top ten selections ahead of the action.

Of course, the Liam Dowling trained star didn’t lead to halfway. Instead Minglers Popeye set a sizzling pace but Great Name That used his immense back straight pace to wonderful effect, leading before the third turn on his way to a superb success. In doing so he posted a fastest of the round 17.24 to the third turn, a spot faster than impressive final heat winner Auxerre. Knocknaboul Syd was a further two spots slower, stopping the clock in 17.27. A full list of the third bend leaders can be seen below:

Third bend sectionals for the leader in each of the 8 heats:

Leaders clocks (fastest to slowest):

 

1st split

3rd bend

Great Name That

3.42

17.24

Auxerre

3.44

17.25

Knocknaboul Syd

3.41

17.27

Native Maestro

3.40

17.36

Ballymac Kingdom

3.46

17.36

Hello Mikey

3.48

17.40

Newinn Session

3.54

17.44

Newinn Sheedy

3.56

17.44