Limerick hosted a ten race program last night and the performance of the night was undoubtedly O Garney Rio who blitzed his rivals on route to recording the fastest time of the night.
In what was the top race on the night, an A1 event, O Garney Rio wasted no time in putting this one to bed as he was fast into stride from trap four to outpace his rivals to the opening corner. Owned by Helen Coffee, ‘Rio’ was rather surprisingly without a win since September of last year but outlined his wellbeing with a terrific 28.75 trial upon requalification. A sprint pipe opener last week would have left him cherry ripe for a return to four bends last night and he flew into the back straight with several lengths in hand. The outcome of the race was never in any doubt thereafter as the blue son of ‘Rio Quattro - Sierro Zorro’ stayed on strong to come home just shy of eight lengths clear, in a brilliant time of 28.72.
HIDDEN DOUBLE FOR QUINN
Elsewhere on the card, trainer Eamonn Quinn celebrated a double with his greyhounds, Hidden Icon and Hidden Harmony.
The fastest of the duo was Hidden Harmony (Droopys Jet - Princess Mel)in race eight and this was a real ding dong battle. It was Mohane Rosa who led early doors from trap three and maintained the advantage for much of the race. Hidden Harmony lay in fourth entering the back straight but had that all important pitch on the rails approaching the bottom two bends. There were four in a line entering the home stretch but the rails proved pivotal as the Kathleen Browne owned Hidden Harmony stayed on strong to account for a three parts of a length victory. The time was a good 29.10.
Prior to that Hidden Icon got Quinn off the mark in race three. Owned by Michael O’Brien, this was a more straightforward affair as ‘Icon’ recorded a sixth career victory. Moderately away wearing the orange jacket, Hidden Icon showed the better early pace and tracked around his rivals at the opening corner. A stout stayer, it was curtains for the remainder of the field thereafter as the son of ‘Tullymurry Act - Victoria Station’ raced to a three and a half length success. The time was 29.22.
TIERMANA STRIKES LATE
Tiermana Storm last tasted success on his debut back in February but the young blue produced a last to first performance to double that tally in race seven.
Owned by Noel Moroney, Tiermana Storm (Over Limit - Home Destiny) didn’t break at all well from trap six and trailed the field approaching the opening corner. Gurtnacrehy Rose led for large parts of the race but Tiermana Storm was really motoring from halfway and flew home to account for a head victory come the winning line. The time was a very good 28.96.
USED HIS HEAD
Another to dip under the 29 second barrier was Work Your Head in the curtain closer and Noel Sexton’s runner recorded her first win since Christmas last year.
Mohane Alice was best away from trap three as Work Your Head stayed out of trouble on the outside and raced around runners. The son of ‘Head Bound - Now Its Alex’ had plenty on his plate heading into the back straight and space was at a premium entering the bottom two bends. However, Work Your Head continued his with his wide tactics and never got a hair rubbed as he finished at speed to claim success. A length and a quarter in hand, the time was a good 28.99.