CHARLIE QUICKEST AS MURRAY BAGS DOUBLE AT GALWAY

CHARLIE QUICKEST AS MURRAY BAGS DOUBLE AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

There was a midweek meeting at Galway Greyhound Stadium last night and there were no shortage of fine performances as Come On Charlie went quickest for Bridget and Patrick O’Loughlin.

Seeking out a sixth career win, Come On Charlie went to boxes a 2/1 chance in race eight and he delivered a perfectly timed run to get up in the shadows of the post. It was the 6/4 favourite, Ballyhale Chloe, who came away best of all from trap four but despite setting a strong gallop throughout, she couldn’t withstand the late flurry of Come On Charlie. Stepping it up a notch off the final bend, the son of Ballymac Eske and Pats Black Lady flew up the straight to claim a neck victory in a fast time of 28.98 .10s.

DOUBLE FOR MURRAY

It proved a fruitful night for trainer Stephen Murray as he accounted for two winners on the night with the first coming in the shape of Lillies Joy in the night’s opener.

Jointly owned by Michael Corry and Michael Daly, Lillies Joy was a well supported 4/6 favourite and she made the most of a plum draw on the fence to lead early. Followed in second by Grandadsprincess, the latter proved a worthy adversary as she made rapid progress between the bottom two bends. However, coming back for more late on, Lilies Joy, a daughter of Ballymac Vic and Brookville Dash snatched victory on the line by a neck to claim a seventh career win. The time was 29.48 .10s with Peteles Duke also showing eye-catching speed, a short-head back in third. 

The double was completed in race three, a three dog affair, as Lady Blue Eyes (Laughil Blake - Playmistyforme) recorded a fourth career win. Owned by Rachel Murray, like her kennel companion, Lady Blue Eyes led early but was headed by Knockfrum Lilly between the bottom two bends. However, the even money chance was as game as a pheasant up the home straight and she came back strongly to claim a half length win, in a time of 19.56 .10s.

IN OTHER RACES

In race two, Lingrawn Angie (Droopys Jet - Lingrawn Suzy) claimed a first win from two starts with an impressive win for Kevin Jones. Breaking well from trap two, the December 19’ whelp took charge from an early stage and despite Creevy Chick keeping the leader honest throughout, Lingrawn Angie drew clear late on to win by two and a half lengths. The time for the 4/6 shot was a good 29.46 .10s.

Burnpark Brae produced another fine display in race five as he proved too strong for his rivals in what was an A4 contest. Owned by Maria Browne, Burnpark Brae was hoping to get back on track after a couple of tail-end finishes and he broke well from four to show the superior early footing in the opening exchanges. From here, the son of Kinloch Brae and Seekers Vision was one and a half lengths better off than Confused Hassett at the winning line. The time for the 5/4 chance was a smart 29.13 .10s.

Crokers Harbour was making his first career start in race six and the massive 86-pounder ran out a convincing winner for John Croker. It was Pierview Hulk who led early on but taking up the running midway down the back, the son of Droopys Buick and Nushkas Top Gal proved a class above as he blitzed his rivals to win by three and a half lengths. The time for the 9/4 chance was 29.35 .10s.

It wouldn't be a Galway race meeting without Kentucky winning yet again and Tom Burke’s consistent tracker landed the concluding race in dominant style. A 6/4 favourite, Kentucky was chasing a superb eighth career win from only eleven starts and after breaking fast from two, the result was never in doubt. In familiar territory down the back, the son of Jaytee Jet and Droopys Breeze maintained a healthy lead throughout and he crossed the line three and a half lengths clear of Breaghmore Rob in second. The time was a swift 29.25 .10s.