The three semi final heats of the Grangeview Ten @ Stud A4 525 took centre stage at Galway greyhound stadium last night and although only three lengths separated the semi final winners on the clock, it was Askingforafriend who set the standard with a trap-to-line victory.
A coursing bred son of Reikers Island and Bower Judy, Askingforafriend was chasing a hat-tricks of wins prior to last night after landing his opening round heat in good style for the Hey-You-Sir syndicate. Going to traps a 5/2 market chance wearing the white jacket, Askingforafriend hit the ground running as he showed immediate acceleration to take a healthy lead into the opening bend. From here, the heavyweight tracker set a strong gallop and although his stride shortened on the run for home, he held firm to see off Raha Ranger by three parts of a length. The time was a good 29.13.
KENTUCKY NEXT BEST
Next best in terms of the clock was Kentucky who continued to impress in recording his fourth win from just five career starts.
Owned by Thomas Burke, Kentucky was workmanlike in winning his opening round heat and he went to traps a 2/1 shot ahead of last night's third semi final. Only a January 20’ whelp, Kentucky broke well from trap two and motored into the opening turn to go clear of Ballaghboy Panda in second. Setting a powerful gallop thereafter, Kentucky was never under any threat and crossed the line two and a half lengths clear of a chasing hard, Brickhill Jethro in second. The time was 29.19.
BACK-TO-BACK FOR CINDY
Sandwiched in between the aforementioned duo was Errill Cindy who justified her 4/5 starting odds in the second semi final.
Owned by Tommy Morrissey, Errill Cindy got off the mark at Galway in the opening round and she sealed back-to-back wins in good style. Quickly into stride wearing the red jacket, the daughter of Belles Direction - Geelo Lu Lu soon took control and she set a smart gallop down the back before staying on stoutly to record a one and a half length victory. Stouke Hero next best in second, the time was 29.34.
Incidentally, there was a litter double on the night for Geelo Lu Lu as Abigails Power landed the concluding race of the night in the fastest time to boot. Owned by Abigail Morrissey, ‘Power’ disputed with Office Bar in the opening yards and it was the duo who served up a ding-dong battle thereafter. However, Abigails Power, a 2/1 market chance, was to come out on top as he held off Office Bar to claim a half length victory. The time was 29.02.
IN OTHER RACES
Tiger Roll (Laughil Blake - Goodnight Kate) may be approaching his fifth birthday in the coming weeks but he shows no signs of slowing down as he landed the opener for Rhys Higgins and Michael Connor. A decent break from five saw Tiger Roll sit handy throughout and entering the home straight, he pounced late on to deby the longtime leader, Lilies Joy, by a length and a half. The time was 29.23 and that win was to seal a brilliant 18th career win for this veteran tracker.
Breaghmore Patch (Ballymac Matt - Eileens Blue) notched another win for Michael Corrigan in race five as he saw off the fast finishing Abigails Mystery in second. A decent break from five saw Breaghmore Patch sweep the opening corner and he proceeded to open a huge advantage down the back straight. From here, his stride certainly shortened on the run for home but he still had a length and three quarters in hand at the winning line as he recorded a fast 29.03.
Ougham Sky made it back-to-back wins in a sprint contest in race seven. Owned by Luke Kilcoyne, Ougham Sky went to traps a 5/2 shot and she showed electric early pace to lead the field a merry dance into the opening corner. It was all over as a contest thereafter as the well-bred daughter of Ballymac Best - Portumna West stayed on strongly to cross the line three and a half lengths clear of Danmar Daniel in second. The time was 19.08.
The final race of the night saw Killure Blue bounce back to winning ways for Sean Kellegher. An even money favourite, Killure Blue broke fast from trap three and although immediately steering a wide course, he swooped the opening corner to go clear. Never under any threat thereafter, the son of Sonic - Beslow Killure was three lengths better off than Racecourse Toni at the winning line. The time was 29.11.