The semi finals of the Donal Scanlon Memorial A2 525 were the highlight on last night’s Limerick card and although the three semi finals were closely matched on the clock, it was Ballymac Casey who continued to impress as she went quickest.
Running in the third semi-final of the night, Ballymac Casey was expected to make a bold bid in what was a red-hot contest and Liam Dowling’s talented youngster delivered in bucket loads. Only a June 20’ whelp, Ballymac Casey had shown big pace in behind Sheriff last time out and after breaking well from two, she went toe to toe with the early paced Ocean Hugo early on. However, taking charge midway down the back, the daughter of Ballymac Bolger and Droopys Casey displayed brilliant acceleration to shoot clear and she duly crossed the line two lengths clear of Woodfield Master in second. The time for the 9/4 shot was a swift 28.79.
SHERIFF SEALS THE HAT-TRICK
After clocking 28.62 in the opening round of the €2,000 stake, Sheriff was bidding for a hat-trick of victories last night and, as expected, he was installed the 4/5 favourite to land the spoils.
Owned by the Martins-Gang-Syndicate, Sheriff is all about early gear and he once again pounced from trap four to narrowly squeeze past Fergus Lady at the opener. Now in full control, the son of Ballymac Eske and Cats Girl set a powerful gallop down the back and he showed little signs of easing off on the run for home. Galloping to a two length victory over Rockalong Sierra, who ran a fine race in second, the time was a fast 28.81 and Sheriff will head into the decider bidding for a four-timer next time out.
In the opening semi final of the night, Flyers Iniesta got back to winning ways as he produced a 6/1 shock to land the spoils.
A former open class runner, Flyers Iniesta, owned by Patsy Fizgerald, came away well from five but he was forced to play second fiddle in the early exchanges as the early paced Mohane Maggie showed the way. However, Flyers Iniesta is nothing if not game and after biding his time in behind, he showed his hand at the penultimate turn to take over from the early pace setter. It was nip and tuck thereafter with the fast-finishing Grouchos Cain also throwing down a challenge but it was Flyers Iniesta who stuck it out well to cross the line half a length in front of Grouchos Cain in second. The time for the son of Droopys Jet and Newline Farrah was a fast 28.91.
GLENGAR ROMPS HOME
Elsewhere on the card there was an outstanding performance from the Michael Gammell-owned Glengar Masha.
A lightly raced June 19’ whelp, Glengar Masha, a 3/1 shot, was having only her fifth career start and she set the scene early as she bulleted from trap three to take a healthy advantage into the opener turn. From here, it was a formality for the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Marlfield Taylor as she crossed the line five lengths clear of Tallyho Hope in second. The time was a brisk 28.69.
IN OTHER RACES
The Frank Cahir-owned Kish Milano landed the penultimate race of the night with ease as he took advantage of some first bend traffic to score. A son of Pat C Sabbath and Adamant Gem, Kish Milano broke moderately from six but showed good dash up the outside before taking control entering the back straight. It was a formality thereafter as Kish Milano drew clear to win by four lengths from Keeperhill Vic in second. The time was 28.99 for the 2/1 market chance.
Another greyhound to go under the 29-second barrier was Tyrap Ferage in the concluding race of the night. Owned by David Carroll, Tyrap Ferage broke well from one and took ownership of the rails to take a slender lead into the back. From here however, the son of Droopys Cain and Varra Bawn proved a class above his rivals in galloping to a five length success over Tromora Rocket in second. The time for the 3/1 chance was 28.74.