Peter Farrell

There was reason to celebrate at Limerick Greyhound Stadium last night for the kennel of Gearoid Kelly as litter brothers Groovy Jackson and Groovy Tommy both notched victory on a night where Music Tomy Ears also got back to winning ways in style.

The first of the ‘Groovy’ double got going in race three which was the ‘Irish Retired Greyhound Trust A4 525’ and it was Groovy Jackson, who is jointly owned by Gearoid Kelly and Gerard Kirwan, that scored by a head. Breaking smartly from trap five, the son of Droopys Jet - Zari Class showed sizzling early pace to take a length advantage into the back straight. Soon doubling his lead midway down the back, Groovy Jaskson looked an all-out winner heading into the penultimate turn. Meanwhile, further back in the field was Dun Arus Goldie and the latter was making eye-catching ground up with fifty yards to go to now move into second. The leader, despite running on empty, wasn’t to be denied however, and he stuck to his guns well to score by a head on the line. The time was 29.31.

The litter double was completed in the very next race as Groovy Tommy made light work of his field to run out a comfortable winner. After a troublesome debut at the end of November, Groovy Tommy obviously learned plenty from that outing as he came away smartly from trap two and despite running very wide on the run-up, he kept out of trouble to follow Corcass Hope around in second. Soon taking control down the back straight, Groovy Tom stepped it up a gear at halfway and powered clear to win by an extending six and a half lengths. The time was 29.25 and that capped two fine performances from the May 19’ whelps.


Music Tomy Ears started his career in Limerick with a hugely impressive 28.42 victory and the sky looked to be the limit for the Patrick Guilfoyle trained youngster.

A couple of defeats in extremely hot company was to follow but the son of Droopys Cain - Glideaway Pearl got back to winning ways in the final race of the night last night.  Not the most fluent of breaks early on saw Music Tomy Ears have to settle for fourth rounding the opening bend but crucially, he had the rails of trap one to his benefit. Still four lengths off the pace down the back straight, Music Tomy Ears started to make his move and he stormed down the back to join the leaders at the crown of the penultimate corner. From here, the writing was on the wall for his rivals as the March 19’ greyhound flew up the Limerick straight to win by and extending six and a half lengths. The time was a swift 28.79. Owned by the Pension-Plan syndicate, connections can look forward to a prosperous 2021 with this greyhound.


Prior to the victory of Music Tomy Ears, there was another nice win for Rachels Kid in race eleven which was an A2/A3 event.

This greyhound is as consistent as they come and was seeking a brilliant eleventh career victory prior to last night. Jointly owned by PT Gallagher and Raymond Griffiths, Rachels Kid can do it from the front or behind and in this case, she has to bide her time in order to prevail. It was Confused Keggy who led early from trap two with Rachels Kid steering a wide berth out in six. Always handy however, the Barbara Rees Jones trained black went neck and neck with the leader approaching the penultimate turn. Nip and tuck thereafter, the son of Eden The Kid - Rachels Louise stuck it out gamely to score by half a length at the winning line. The time was a fast 28.95.


After starting his career with an eye-catching 29.02 victory at the tough Galway circuit, Ballyregan Raven looked a greyhound who was very much one to keep an eye on during the second half of the year.

Despite that victory however, Ballyregan Raven has found wins hard to come by since but the well-made son of Good News - Ballyregan Rach got back on the podium last night over the extended 600 yard trip. Owned by the Kennedy-Family syndicate, Ballyregan Raven broke moderately well from trap five as Air Pilot held the early initiative from trap three. Three lengths off the pace down the back straight, Ballyregan Raven was building up ahead of steam approaching the penultimate bend and the race had a certain degree of inevitability about it. Stalking the leader around the final turn, Ballyregan Raven stepped it up a notch and powering past Air Pilot in the latter stages, he scored by two and a half length at the winning line. The time was a slick 32.99.


Earlier in the night, there was a fine display from novice tracker, Tyrap Shane as David Carroll’s runner claimed victory on his first career start.

Only a June 19’ whelp, Tyrap Shane certainly didn’t look like a greyhound having his first start as he broke smartly from trap two to lead the field into the opening corner and within a blink of an eye, a one length lead became six lengths heading down the back straight. In total control of this novice contest, the son of Scolari Me Daddy - Gulleen Glory was in full flow and he came home an easy five length winner over Nofixedabode in second. The time was 29.12.