With all eyes fixed primarily on the stars contesting the second round of the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park last night, a future star also emerged at Limerick greyhound stadium and not for the first time, it hailed from the kennel of Pat Guilfoyle.
Running in the opening race of the night which was a novice event, Magical Silas is a young December 18’ son of ‘Magical Bale - Gurrane Princess’ and he couldn't have been more impressive for his joint owners of Pat and Alice Guilfoyle. Despite not raising a flag during his qualifying campaign, Magical Silas still boasted some impressive clocks in defeat but he was only moderately away wearing the stripes as Wing Mirror led into the opening corner. Making this performance all the more impressive, ‘Silas’ was then forced to check at the opening corner before striking the front heading into the back straight. Absolutely flying down the back, the striking blue galloped out majestically and was opening a sizable advantage heading into the bottom two bends. Firmly in control, Magical Silas was relentless as he galloped up the home straight to record an incredible sixteen length success in a time of 28.48. This is Magical Bale’s first litter to hit the track and his offspring are two from two after Magical Claire also won impressively on debut. Not a bad start to his stud career!
ANOTHER FOR WRATHCHILD
Wrathchild has made the headlines on a few occasions for the exploits of Rosbirr Ranger but she is continuing to produce high-end greyhounds litter after litter.
It was the turn of So It's Taylor (Taylors Sky - Wrathchild) last night who was making his debut in an ON3 525 event. Owned by Paul Pardy and Kevin Kelly, ‘Taylor’ disputed the early lead with Buttsys Bullet in one. Very little between the duo down for much of the way thereafter, So Its Taylor stepped it up a notch with fifty yards remaining and stayed on strongly to claim a half length victory over the game Buttsys Bullet in second. The time was a decent 29.23.
Elsewhere on the card the Paul Hennessy trained Beach Avenue made it back to back wins in race ten with a strong running display.
Runontheinside led for much of the way in this contest but Beach Avenue was eye-catching in behind and was really motoring by the time the greyhounds reached the penultimate turn. Storming to the front between the bottom two corners, Beach Avenue took control with a flying finish and the son of ‘Laughil Blake - Cats Belle’, owned by Pat Healy, recorded a length victory in a smart time of 28.85.
ROMEO FOLLOWS SUIT
Not too far behind on the clock was the seasonal Limerick performer, Inislosky Romeo for owner William Casey.
Chasing a fifth career win, Inislosky Romeo was quickly into stride from trap three to lead the field into the opening corner. It was familiar territory for the leader thereafter as the son of ‘Romeo Recruit - Inislosky Swift’ went about his business in fine style to record a length victory over the staying on, Vigorous Vincent in second. The time was a fast 28.88.
FLOWER FLIES HOME
Another greyhound to dip under the 29 second barrier on the night was Dunquin Flower in race seven, an A3 event.
Owned by Michael Walsh, Dunquin Flower was slowly into stride wearing the orange jacket and it looked like a first career win would have to wait until another night. However, cutting through the field and showing nice track craft, the daughter of ‘Droopys Roddick - Dunquin Bound’ stormed to the front between the bottom two bends to record a comfortable win in the end. Five lengths better off at the winning line, the time was a good 28.93.