LUKE FASTEST AS SLIPPERY JOE MAKES IT THREE ON THE SPIN

LUKE FASTEST AS SLIPPERY JOE MAKES IT THREE ON THE SPIN

Peter Farrell

There were some high class performances on display during last night’s SIS meeting at Limerick but Lukes Fizz grabbed the headlines after a blistering run in the final race of the night.

Owned by Edmund Fitzgerald, Lukes Fizz had been luckless in his previous two starts but he soon atoned for those displays with a very comfortable victory in the final race of the session. A litter brother to the well-known Monbeg Zinzan, Lukes Fizz showed that he is in possession of plenty of pace himself as he broke well from trap three to lead early doors. Once in front, he wasn’t for catching as he stretched his advantage down the back straight to quickly put the race to bed. Coming home over four lengths clear of Frost Nixon in second, the son of Skywalker Luke - Blastoff Fizz stopped the clock in a fast time of 28.74. The winner returned a very generous 4/1 market chance.

HAT TRICK FOR JOE

Pat Curtin is getting a nice tune out of Slippery Joe of late and the son of Kisses For Cloda - Royal Diva made it three from three in race nine, the upcoming Irish St.Leger 525.

A 7/2 shot in the market, Slippery Joe was swiftly into stride from trap five but had to settle for second place approaching the opening corner as Oisins Choice led early from trap four. However, running a beautiful bend, Slippery Joe soon took control off the second turn and once in familiar territory, it was clear there was only going to be one winner. Finished at speed, Slippery Joe was two lengths better off at the winning line as the clock returned a decent, 28.96.

BACK TO BACK FOR BLITZING

Another greyhound who is in the midst of a purple patch at present is Blitzing and he was all out to fend off the late challenge of numerous runners in race two.

Off to another blistering start from trap three, the Michael Walsh owned Blitzing (Farloe Blitz - Boreen Belle) set a frantic gallop into the back straight as he went in search of back to back wins. There was little to separate a trio of greyhounds heading into the penultimate turn and after slow starts, Dumquin Flower and Cozzys Gem were starting to creep into contention as Blitzing continued to hold a narrow advantage in front. The winning line now in sight, you could have thrown a blanket over several runners at the line but it was Blitzing who held firm to grab the win. The time was a good 29.00 as the winner returned a 7/2 chance.

CONSISTENT HORSE

There was a popular winner in the opening race of the night as Poor Mans Horse recorded his eleventh win for joint owners, Brigid Casey and Brian Earley.

You could set your watch by Poor Mans Horse at traprise and he got off to his customary flying start from trap three as he led easily into the opening corner. It was a case of catch me if you can thereafter but despite the best efforts of Portumna Hero in second, the son of Laughil Blake - Inislosky Swift upset the odds to claim a length success. The time for the 6/1 shot was 29.00