Due to last week’s frosty weather conditions, Clonmel Greyhound Stadium held an all-graded card last night and there was little doubt who the stars were as both Minor Droopy and Pepe Le Pew stole the show with outstanding performances.
Minor Droopy won her debut event in a smart 29.22 at Clonmel but after a slow break in her subsequent start, the well-bred daughter of Droopys Jet - Minor Race was forced to settle for second despite finishing at speed. However, Mary O’Connor’s talented August 19’ whelp really stepped it up a notch last night as she ran out a convincing winner. From a level break in trap four, Minor Droopy showed the superior early pace to lead around the opening corner. Once in front, she galloped out majestically down the back straight where she was followed in second by Raceway Tipp. Always in control, however, with the home straight looming, Minor Droopy pulled clear in the closing stages and ran out a comfortable three length winner. The time was a very fast 28.73.
PEPE A REAL SPEEDSTER
In the very next race Pepe Le Pew extended his unbeaten start to his career as he claimed a third straight win.
Owned by Arthur Morrissey, Pepe Le Pew has been plying his trade over the two bend trip thus far in his career but he has been doing so in emphatic fashion. Winning his first two starts by an aggregate of nine and a half lengths, the son of Droopys Jet - Absolutely Ace posted a sensational clock last night. Fastest into stride wearing the striped jacket, Pepe Le Pew took no prisoners as he bolted into the opening bend all alone. Not breaking stride around the bottom two corners, this speedster flew up the home straight to win by a good eight lengths. The time was a red hot 16.12.
SADIE IN A HURRY
There was one other performance of note on the night and that came in race four from Farranrory Sadie (Jaytee Jet - Farranrory Fay).
Owned by Keith Freer and trained by Sharon Hunt, Farranrory Sadie came away moderately from trap one but used the fence to her advantage as she tracked well to turn the opening corner clear. A strong stayer, Farranrory Sadie extended her lead to six lengths down the back straight and never took her foot off the gas for the remainder of the contest. Coming home seven lengths clear of Chasing Skippy in second, the time was a smart 28.82.