Peter Farrell

The second round heats of the Limerick A1 600 took precedence last night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium and after an eye-catching performance in last week’s opening round, the Francis Murray-owned Yellow Brick produced a fine display to go quickest.

Yellow Brick was forced to play second fiddle behind Edencurra Brae last week but the September 19’ whelp lost nothing in defeat as she impressed in going down narrowly to a fine winner. However, the daughter of Droopys Roddick and Leezie Lindsay is clearly relishing the Limerick circuit and she duly turned the tables on her rival as she came from off-the-pace to grab the win. It was Down An Hour in trap six who showed first and the 12/1 outsider set the pace around the opening two bends. Yellow Brink, a 5/2 shot, represented a huge threat however, and the black jacketed runner soon shot to the front midway down the back. Murray’s charge set a fine gallop thereafter and she pressed home her advantage in the closing stages to cross the line two and a half lengths clear of Down An Hour in second. Edencurra Brae, after suffering a hefty bump at the opening bend, recovered well to finish a further five lengths back in third, while Almighty Paddy also secured his qualifying position with a fast finish in fourth. The time was a brilliant 32.52.


Strides Banjo was an excellent winner of his opening round assignment and he went into last night’s third heat on the cusp of a hat-trick of wins.

Owned by Alan Brazier and trained by Sharon Hunt, Strides Banjo went to traps the 2/1 favourite and it was his white jacket who appeared first at trap-rise. Once in front, it was always going to be a difficult task to reel in the son of Scolari Me Daddy and Farranrory Miska and despite Glowing Exile making some good headway in the closing stages, Strides Banjo proved a length better off at the winning line. The time was a fast 32.68 as Ganja Gun and Liscanny Ruby took the remaining qualifying positions.


The opening heat of the night saw the Paul Hennessy-trained Bob Olinger get off the mark at Limerick.

Rockburst Mike went to traps the even money favourite but it was Bob Olinger who broke best of all for the Only-Fools-syndicate to head proceedings early on. The June 19’ whelp was noted staying on strongly last weekend so once in front, he proved a tough nut to crack. A 6/4 second favourite, Bob Olinger maintained a strong gallop throughout and although Slippy Kemp kept the leader honest, the son of Pat C Sabbath and Priceless Dancer held firm to win by a length. The time was 32.94 as Rockburst Mike and Razldazl Annie also claimed their spot in next week's semi-finals.


Elsewhere on the card there was a nice double for the kennel of Donncha McNamara as Rockalong Linden and Rockalong Sierra both landed their respective contests.

First up was Rockalong Linden in race two, a sprint contest. A 2/1 shot at the off, the son of Droopys Cain and Sues Stout was moderately into stride from trap three but he showed brilliant acceleration to take control. From here, he doubled his career tally as he saw off Chewbarka Flash by a length and a half. The time was a good 19.02.

The double was completed in race nine as litter brother, Rockalong Sierra, ran out a trap to line winner to record a third career win. Flashing from trap five, McNamara’s 5/2 shot never saw another tail as he galloped clear down the back to cross the line two lengths better off than Cooneen Mike in second. The time was a slick 28.87.


The fastest time of the night over the standard trip came in race eleven as Fionns Emirate landed the Talking Dogs A0 525 in sensational fashion. 

Owned by Michael Leahy, Fionns Emirate was having his first race since July but the break has clearly developed this greyhound as he produced an outstanding career best to blow his rivals away. Out like a rocket from trap six, Fionns Emirate, a 3/1 chance, outpaced his rivals early on and it was a similar story throughout as he drew clear down the back. Staying on just as strongly, the son of Droopys Cain and Pink Racer crossed the line a comfortable five length winner over Loxley in second. The time was a scintillating 28.40.


In race ten, Gurtnacrehy Rose (Laughil Blake - Tyrur Jennamarie) was another who proved a class above her rivals as she made all to secure a sixth career win. A 5/2 chance at the off, Gurtnacrehy Rose bolted from two and from here, the result was never in doubt. Galloping to a comprehensive four and a half length success over Adamant Best in second, the time for the James Kelly-owned charge was a brilliant 28.64.

Moonlight Macy also dipped under the 29-second barrier in race five for Kevin O’Mahony. Searching for a first career win, the daughter of Ballymac Best and Droopys Mazda meant business from the off as she broke smartly from six to take charge early on. It was one-way traffic thereafter as Moonlight Macy dominated the contest to come home six lengths clear of Blastoff Amy in second. The time was 28.95.

It's a rarity that a marathon contest over 800-yards would be decided in ‘make-all’ fashion but that was the case in race four as Last Attack made every yard of the running. Fastest into stride wearing the red jacket, Last Attack, owned by John Ryan, was never under threat as she maintained a healthy advantage throughout to eventually come home four lengths ahead of the even money favourite, Knockalton King, in second. The time for the 3/1 chance was 45.41.