SERENE TIGER was the star of the show in the semi-finals of the Peter Cronin Racing & W.T.S.C ON2/ON3 unraced stake at Waterford on Saturday night.
Owned and trained by Edmond Ryan, the April son of Good News and Charity Anna broke best, showing exceptional early gears, the exciting talent shot clear down the far side. Swithins Tiger was chasing hard, but he had at least six lengths to make up at the third corner. The gap was closed in the latter stages, but the big early pacer was rewarded as the impressive puppy held on to beat Swithins Tiger, by two lengths, in a brilliant, 28.63. A further two and a half lengths back to Sparta Fury in third place.
The opening semi-final went the way of Skilful Rosetta (Ballymac Matt-Ballymac Breeze) for the kennel of trainer Declan Byrne and owners Daniel and Eddie Casey. Swithins Rock set the early fractions, but the winner was always within touching distance. Much the stronger in the closing stages, Skilful Rosetta ran on strongly to record a length and a half success over the early leader, in 29.02. Seven lengths back to the third Blakes Lad.
It was all about Burgess Pippa in the opening semi-final of the Droopys Stud and W.T.S.C A2/A3 bitch stake. In the ownership of Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly, the fast-starting winner delivered a superb front running display to beat the running on Crohane Ruby, by a length and a half, in 28.74. Tullycanna Dolly two lengths back in third.
Nijinsky took the second semi-final, winning for Declan Power. It was messy at the opening corner but take nothing away from the winner as she was in control from an early stage. A second career victory, in 29.09, one length clear of Rockmount Bonnie. Eight lengths back to Ashtons Shadow in third.
PAULA BERGIN MEMORIAL 550
Cloncunny Peecee set the standard in the opening round of the Paula Bergin Memorial 550-yard stake for A1 greyhounds. Winning the early lead, the Jim Scully owned and trained runner kept finding upfront. Pulling out all the stops, the winner was two lengths clear of Barro Chief, in 30.12, with half a length back to Toker Tiger in third place.
Brynoffa Swift was next best on the clock, scoring in 30.16, for Eamon Mackey. A third straight win for the in form lady as she ran on strongly to land the spoils. Dysert Sonia two lengths back in second, with half a length back to Ballymac Freya in third place.
Lynchy Boy wasn't the quickest away in the opening heat but he showed plenty of pace along the rails to track Coolbunnia Frank early doors. Gaining the upper hand turning for home, Lynchy Boy then pulled away to win in style, clocking 30.24, for owner TJ Campion. Three and a half lengths the winning margin over the early leader, with two lengths back to Hilark Brae in third place.