Miss Joss hit the headlines in recent weeks after two very impressive performances at Galway greyhound stadium and whilst her aim will now turns to the Juvenile Derby at Shelbourne Park later this month, her litter sister Dana Point stole the show in a 575 yard event last night at the Connacht venue.
Like Miss Joss, Dana Point is also owned by the Mullins-Curtin syndicate and they certainly look to have struck gold with this litter based on recent exploits. An October 18’ whelp, it was hardly believable that Dana Point was still seeking her first win at the fourth attempt but although suffering defeat in her prior three outings, the daughter of ‘Sparta Maestro - Blundel Spark’ had excuses and still showed eye-catching pace in all three outings. That said, given her strong running abilities over the standard trip, the step up to the extended 575 yards looked tailor made for this exciting prospect.
Running from trap five, Dana Point broke swiftly to quickly outpace her rivals on the long run to the opening bend and the writing was very much on the wall even at this early stage. Finally receiving room to maneuver at her leisure out in front, it was a straightforward task from here on in and showing some devastating pace between the third and fourth bends, the gap between herself and the remainder of the field was increasing with every stride. Storming up the Galway home straight, Dana Point came home eleven lengths clear as the clock returned a fantastic calculated time of 31.12. Very few greyhounds have clocked these kinds of figures at Galway and Dana Point, like her sister, is another to keep an eye on going forward.
SUE IN A HURRY
Elsewhere on the card there was a brilliant performance from Sues Panda in the final race of the evening.
Owned by Johnny Burke, Sues Panda broke smartly from trap two and the search for a second career victory was well underway. Showing a lovely turn of foot down the back straight, the daughter of ‘Lenson Panda - Sues Music’ was striding out in impressive fashion and never looked under any pressure as the winning line approached. A strong four and a half lengths in hand at the line, the time was a very good 28.75.
SOME NICE SPRINTS
There were also two very likeable displays over the sprint distance last night as both Jacobs First and Killanin Sky posted sub 19 performances.
Owned by Jacob Ward, Jacobs First showed some serious early gears to make light work on his first start over the two bends. Flying into the opening bend from trap four, the November 18’ son of ‘Ballymac Vic - Brookville Dash’ never saw another tail as he romped up the home straight to win by a huge margin of nine lengths. The time was a fast 18.95.
Next it was the turn for Killanin Sky who was equally impressive for the All-In-One syndicate.
A winner last time out in 19.26, the son of ‘Taylors Sky - Wrathchild’ really stepped up on that effort with a dominant display from trap four. Breaking in front, Killanin Sky tracked expertly around the opening corners and stayed on strongly close home to win by over five lengths. The time was a slick 18.90.