Limerick hosted their final meeting of 2020 last night and there were several quality performances on the night with the Buttsys Best in particular catching the eye.
Owned by the Buttsys-Buckos syndicate, Buttsys Best had suffered two defeats from just two starts prior to last night but there was nothing going to stop the son of Ballymac Best - Killeacle Tammy from breaking his duck in what was a 350 yard event in the evening’s opener. Breaking well from trap five, Buttsys Best quickly pulled clear of his rivals early on as he powered into the opening bend with two lengths in hand over Isonomy in second. From here, it was a formality for the March 19’ whelp as he soared up the straight to win by two and three quarter lengths. The time was a slick 18.70 and incidentally, this fellow is a half-brother to Buttsys Bengal so don’t be surprised if you hear more of him in the coming months.
Elsewhere on the card there was a nice double for the kennel of Tom Flanagan as litter sisters Mystical Enya and Mystical Hippy both landed their respective events.
A Galway regular, Mystical Enya returned to Limerick for the first time since her career debut and certainly put her best foot forward. Taking a rocket break from trap two, Mystical Enya soon led in the early stages and was two lengths in front approaching the opening corner. Ocean Tornado was next best in four and it became apparent the race would be fought out between the duo. However, Mystical Enya was at her sharpest out in front and staying on well in latter stages, the daughter of Droopys Buick - Flandys Hawkeye recorded a two length win as she stopped the clock in 28.90.
The litter double was completed in race ten and in much easier fashion as Mystical Hippy raced to a virtual solo. Searching for her first win, like her sister, Mystical Hippy was quickest into stride from the stripes and paced up well to lead as the others bumped in behind. Taking a two length lead into the back straight, the gap soon opened and Mystical Hippy was never going to be caught. Stretching clear to record a nine length win, the time was a good 29.07. A very good double for the Flanagan kennel.
JADE QUICKEST OVER THE STANDARD
The fastest return over the standard distance last night came from Millbank Jade in the final race of the night as she led from trap to line to record her fourth career victory.
Chasing back-to-back wins for owner George Hickey, Millbank Jade took a flier from trap two and scraping the rails approaching the opening corner, she took a comfortable lead into the back straight as Mohane Gent chased in second. Already in possession of a four length advantage down the back, Millbank Jade had this race in the bag and the daughter of Laughil Blake - Market Glory galloped clear in the closing stages to win by four and three parts of a length. The time was a swift 28.74.
IN OTHER RACES
Bright Roddick landed his first win from only two starts in race four and Mary Lynch’s greyhound won at his leisure. Showing the superior early gears from trap one, the son of Droopys Roddick - Bright Bee quickly took control and stretched clear to win by a solid seven and a half lengths. The time was 29.15.
Tally Ho Buddy was another comprehensive winner of the six as the heavyweight brindle cruised to victory in an S5 contest. Owned by Walls-of-Tally-Ho, Tally Ho Buddy fell from traps but showing phenomenal early boot from trap one, the son of Ballymac Vic - Tally Ho Dawn had pinned back the leader to take control rounding the opening corner. The winning line firmly in his sights, the impressive tracker flew up the straight to win by nine lengths. The time was 19.10.
Owned by James Kelly, Gurtnacrehy Rose recorded a second career win in race eight as she too ran out a convincing winner for connections. Disputing early on with Nalas Pride, Gurtnacrehy Rose barged her way through at the opening corner and the blue jacket swooped clear heading into the back straight. Never under any threat thereafter, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Tyrur Jennamarie stormed up the straight to win by just shy of eight lengths. The time was a good 29.05.
It was a night for dominant performers but there was an exciting contest in race nine as Yankee Matt (Rio Quattro - Fair Spin) came from off the pace to pin back the leader. Sitting a long way off the pace rounding the opening corner, Yankee Matt still had some five lengths to make up rounding the penultimate bend. However, Patrick Conway’s charge rallied late on and flew home to score by three parts of a length. The time was 29.15.
There was a familiar face in the winner’s circle in the penultimate race of the night as Poor Mans Horse recorded a brilliant twelfth win for owners, Brigid Casey and Brian Earley. Breaking smartly from trap four, Poor Mans Horse showed the superior early gears to lead into the opening corner. Tracking well thereafter, the professional son of Laughil Blake - Inislosky Swift had two lengths in hand come the winning line. The time was 19.13.