Peter Farrell

While Grangeview Ten was romping to Bar One Irish Sprint Cup success in Dundalk for trainer Pat Guilfoyle, Amazing Alice was representing the Moneygall handler down in Galway and she certainly didn’t disappoint in the final of the ‘Sean Conneely Plant Hire A3 525’

Kindly sponsored by Sean Conneely Plant Hire, there was a winner’s purse of €1200 on offer and Amazing Alice, as expected, went off the red hot 2/5 favourite after two sensational prior round performances. However, it wasn’t as straightforward as one would have envisaged given that the daughter of ‘Aero Majestic - Droopys Coast’ had build an aggregate winning margin of fourteen lengths in the earlier rounds and she was given a real fright by Grangeview Nifty, which is rather ironic given the result of the aforementioned Irish Sprint Cup.

Owned by Peter Sutcliffe, Amazing Alice would have gotten used to being on the bunny at traprise given her prior wins but despite a decent break from trap two, she was forced to settle for third place heading into the opening corner as Rosshill George dictated the pace from Rallying Rivers in second.


Connections of Amazing Alice would have been anxious rounding the second turn as the talented black looked to have plenty of work to do. However, it would have been reckless to dismiss her chances at this early stage and she began making some real progress midway down the back straight as Rosshil George continued to dictate the pace out in front. Meanwhile, Grangeview Nifty was also making swift inroads approaching the penultimate corner which was to all culminate in some third bend traffic. After leading throughout, Rosshil George found space now at a premium and was on the receiving end of a hefty bump which effectively ended his chances of glory. In contrast, Amazing Alice nipped up the inside to head the field with Grangeview Nifty slipping through a close second. Very much game on thereafter, Amazing Alice held firm and saw off the challenge of the persistent Grangeview Nifty by a length. The time in the feature was another fast 28.53.


Elsewhere on the card the kennels of Paddy and Paul Burke recorded a nice double with their greyhounds Bumblebee Hibbs and first, Bumblebee Lana.

After a number of luckless starts over the four bend distance, Bumblebee Lana reverted back to two bends and was installed the 4/6 favourite to get back to winning ways. Running from trap three, the daughter of ‘Ballymac Vic - Bumblebee Rosie’ was quickly into stride and never saw another tail as she flew up the home straight to account for a five length victory over Wilbrook Freeway in second. The time was a fast 18.90.

Next up it was the turn of Bumblebee Hibbs (Superior Product - Curious Thinking) who was to run out a similarly convincing winner for the Burke’s, this time over the standard 525. Well away wearing the black jacket, this handy sixty-four pounder maintained a strong gallop throughout and was never under any threat. The guts of five lengths clear come the winning line, the time was a decent 29.28 for the 3/1 market chance.


Race three saw Mollrose Prince make a winning start to racing as he landed the ON3 350 at odds of 5/2.

A late bloomer as an August 18’ whelp, Mollrose Prince was only moderately into stride for owner Sean Daly but the son of ‘Candlelight King - Mollrose Queen’ showed brilliant early gears and took up the running rounding the second turn. Flying up the home straight thereafter, he recorded a near three length success in a fast time of 18.97.

Moving on to the very next race and there was a lot to like about the debut performance of Crokers Magic as he dipped under the 29 second barrier for owner John Croker.

Quickly into stride from trap three, Crokers Magic paced up well at trap rise to take control at the opening corner and the son of ‘Droopys Jet - Fantasy Lady’ maintained a strong gallop down the back straight. Small Faces was making nice progress as he moved into second place but there were two lengths separating him from Crokers Magic come the winning line. The time was a fast 28.93 for the 2/1 chance.