It’s certainly busy times at Limerick greyhound stadium at present and their additional Monday meeting last night served up some quality racing with no shortage of excellent performances on the night.
It was a case of saving the best to last as Offshore Roddick looks a greyhound with a big future for owner Patrick Fitzgerald. Only a May 19’ whelp, Offshore Roddick was having only his second start and having impressed in earlier trials, the son of Droopys Roddick - Kingdom Daisy justified that promise with a hot display. From a level break, it was Offshore Roddick who emerged from the pack from trap two and he showed the superior early gears to round the opener in front. Extending his lead off the second turn, it was clear that he was a class above his rivals and the impressive youngster had six lengths in hand at the winning line. Rockalong Sierra was in second and the time was a rapid 28.75.
NORA NEXT BEST
Next best in terms of the clock came in race ten as Anfield Nora ran out a comfortable winner for Thomas Condon.
Another who is lightly raced, the July 19’ daughter of Droopys Sydney - Mags Image came in as a reserve and she grabbed her chance in emphatic fashion. Pinging the lids from trap one, Anfield Nora was two lengths to the good rounding the opening turn and this advantage soon doubled entering the penultimate corner. Staying on well thereafter, the lead increased to six lengths at the winning line as Ballyelan Bully chased in second. The time was 28.81.
Aside from the four bend action, there were a couple of big performances over the sprint distance and best of those came in race nine as Tally Ho Buddy romped home.
Owned by the Walls-Of-Tally-Ho syndicate, Tally Ho Buddy is a dog who may not always break as fluently as required, but when he hits the ground his early gears are terrific to watch. It was Cuala Kid who bolted from trap six to lead in the opening yards but breaking better than previous starts, Tally Ho Buddy quickly stormed up alongside the leader to take control. Making the most of his trap one berth, the brindle tracked brilliantly around the bottom two bends and the son of Ballymac Vic - Tally Ho Dawn was well on his way to claiming his second career victory. Powering over the line to win by four lengths from Hows Maggie in second, the time was a blistering 18.80.
Prior to that, there was another fine performance over the two-bend trip from Burdub Jack (Ballymac Vic - Ardera Beth) in race five.
Owned by June Kennedy and Jack Hogan, Burdub Jack flew out of trap three to dictate the pace into the opening corner. However, quickly followed by As Goodas New in second, there was little to separate the duo rounding the bottom two bends. Nip and tuck entering the home straight, the Pat Hogan trained Burdub Jack pulled clear in the final twenty-five yards and he crossed the line two and a half lengths clear of the aforementioned, As Goodas New in second. The time was another smart 18.88.
IN OTHER RACES
After scoring on debut Blastoff Prince got back to winning ways for Tara Buckley in race six. Breaking well from trap four, the son of Droopys Jet - Blastoff Annie made every post a winning one in clocking a decent 29.17. Best Illusion was two lengths further back in second.
Morgan O’Neill was amongst the winners in race seven as Oneforthelake (Superior Product - Vics Romance) bounced back from debut defeat to win in good style. Glamorous Vic held a narrow lead rounding the opening corner in this event but reeling the leader in by the sprint box, Oneforthelake proved a cut above the rest in the second part of the race. Running out a five and a half length winner, the time was a fast 29.03.
The ninety-pound Carrigmore Blaze produced a strong finish to seal a fifth career victory in race eight. Owned by the P & A Coffey syndicate, Carrigmore Blaze sat in fourth place early on but creeping into contention at the bottom two bends, the son of Good News - Star Princess snuck up the rails in the closing stages to seal a two length win over Samara Sky in second. The time was 29.19.
Kilmacow Kid came out best of all in race eleven after a ding-dong battle with Rattlednet. The latter set the early standard from trap four as Kilmaow Kid, owned by Karen Sheehan and Jack Burke, sat in second wearing the red jacket. However, after looking a threat throughout, Kilmacow Kid stayed on best of all late on and he chinned Rattlednet by three parts of a length at the winning line. The time was 29.15.
Mohane Madison (Ballymac Vic - Mohane Misty) claimed her first career victory in style in race two which was an ON3 525. Owned by Cormac Davern, Mohane Madison broke best of all from trap four and immediately steered a wide course in taking a clear advantage around the first. Striding out well down the back, Mosconi Miss did look a threat between the bottom two bends but Mohane Madison asserted her lead once more to win by a length and a half. The time was 29.36.