Peter Farrell

There was some really smart action on display at Galway greyhound stadium last night and it was Michael Costello who enjoyed a successful night as he accounted for two winners in the shape of Pinnacle Rio and Pinnacle Abbie.

The first of Costello’s trackers to get their head in front was Pinnacle Rio (Rio Quattro - Fawn Samantha) in race three, an A4 event, as he justified his even money price tag. A very consistent greyhound who was seeking a brilliant thirteenth career win, Pinnacle Rio broke swiftly from trap two and he set his stall out early as he stuck tight to the rails to lead around the opening corner. Followed closely by Orbsen Jet in second, it was to prove a closely run affair thereafter but Pinnacle Rio was nothing if not game and he pulled out all the stops to cross the line with a length and a half in hand. The time was 29.04 .20s.

The double was completed in the concluding race of the night as Pinnacle Abbie ran a similar race to her kennel companion in making every yard of the running. Seeking an eleventh career victory, Pinnacle Abbie broke well from trap three as she took a slender lead over Blakemount Lotto rounding the opener. Showing good speed down the back, the daughter of Laughil Duke and Maries Legacy opened some daylight at this point and she maintained a strong gallop all the way to the winning line. A length and a half in hand over Blakemount Lotto, the time was 29.32 .20s.


Magical Jasper is one of the stalwarts of the game and once again Alice Guilfoyle’s evergreen tracker produced a big performance to land the RCETS Open 550.

Trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Magical Jasper is now well over four years of age but he continues to compete in top grade and he was installed the 6/4 favourite prior to the off. Breaking smartly wearing the black jacket, he disputed the early running with Grangeview Mags but he displayed too many gears for his rivals as he took a two length lead into the back straight. That lead soon doubled midway down the back as the son of Head Bound and Laughil Louise went in search of an incredible 21st career win and in truth, it was one-way traffic thereafter for this brilliant greyhound. Staying on well to record a three and three quarter length victory over Dixie in second, the time was a blistering 29.93 .20s.


Elsewhere on the card there was a super debut effort produced by Burkos Bobby in race four, the Irish Greyhound Trust Novice 525.

Owned by Edward Burke, Burkos Bobby is only a May 20’ baby but by all accounts he is certainly one to keep an eye on going forward. Heading into last night’s event, he had some terrific qualifying form already to his name but he was available at generous odds of 5/2 on this night. Quickly into stride from trap five, Burkos Bobby soon joined Shes So Bold at the opener where the pair engaged in a slight bump. Using this as momentum heading into the back straight, Burkos Bobby opened a healthy advantage over his rival and it was clear that he was doing a fair run out in front. Extending his lead between the bottom two corners, this impressive son of Droopys Cain and Julies Noise showed no signs of stopping on the run for home as he crossed the line with over eight lengths in hand over Shes So Bold in second. The time was 29.03 .20s.


A greyhound in the midst of a purple patch of late is the Peter Hassett and Ele Hinds-owned Peteles Countess and she made it three wins on the spin last night at the Connacht venue.

It was nip and tuck for the majority of this contest as Danmar Daniel and Peteles Countess went toe to toe down the back straight, however, the decisive moment came swinging for home. While Danmar Daniel steered a wide course from five, Peteles Countess stuck close to the rails in the red jacket and she just about saw off her rival to account for a head victory. The time for the 5/2 shot was 29.44 .20s.


There were some impressive performances over the extended trip last night at Galway and it was Kilcormack Molly who made it eight wins for owner Gerard Finn in good style. Running from trap six, Kilcormack Molly was a 4/1 chance at the off and it was she who trapped smartest to lead early on. Outpaced on the run to the bend by Salmic Sunset in five, Kilcormack Molly had some four lengths to bridge on the leader midway down the back straight. However, a strong stayer, the daughter of Taylors Sky and Kilcormack Aine powered up the straight to cross the line a length and a half clear of Salmic Sunset in second. The time was a fast 30.29 .20s.

In the penultimate race of the night there was another eye-catching display from Brickhill Daisy over the extended 575-yard trip. Jointly owned by John Collins and Albert Long, Brickhill Daisy was installed the 2/1 joint favourite and she was to prove too hot to handle for her rivals on this occasion. Quickly into stride wearing the white jacket, the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Rathmeethan May set a strong gallop throughout as she came home two and a half lengths clear of Knockmeale Star in second. The time was a fast 31.91 .20s.