The final of the €1,200 to the winner Johnny Waters Memorial 525 took centre stage at Limerick Greyhound Stadium last night and Dannos Rambler maintained his unbeaten record in the stake as he ran out a comfortable winner.
Owned by David Nolan, the task of Dannos Rambler was made a little bit easier with news that Kantoher Jack wouldn’t be taking his place in the decider after being sold. However, this didn’t take anything away from another thoroughly impressive display on the night and indeed, topped off a brilliant unbeaten run in the stake for the promising May 19 puppy. A trap to line winner in both of the rounds prior, Dannos Rambler was his usual consistent self at trap-rise as he bolted out of trap four to fly into the opening corner a clear leader. In full control heading into the back straight, it was one way traffic for Dannos Rambler as his rivals were running for the minor placings in behind. Showing little sign of any let up rounding the final two bends, victory was well in sight for the classy son of Droopys Jet - Zari Class and he duly stormed across the line to win by a convincing, five lengths from Tallyho Angel in second. The time was 29.09.
NALA UPSETS THE ODDS IN EPIC STAKE
Providing the supporting act to the Johnny Waters Memorial final was the two semi finals of the Epic Hero Leger Winner 525 and with €2000 up for grabs to the eventual winner, Nalas Pride upset the odds to stake her claim ahead of next week's decider.
Both Bling Bling Paul and Buttsys Best would have been fancied to land the spoils in the opening semi final but it was Nalas Pride, for Megan and Jack Nolan, who produced an outstanding performance to march into next week’s decider with massive claims. Trapping smartly wearing the red jacket, Nalas Pride showed fine dash up the rail and rounded the opening turn with a healthy lead over Boyhero in second. From there, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Ballyelan Comet maintained a strong gallop and stayed on stoutly to cross the line three and a half lengths clear of Boyhero in second. The time was a rapid 28.91 with Bling Bling Paul sealing his qualification spot back in third.
MOZART ON TUNE
There was another shock in the second semi final as Tullovin Sky was turned over at the expense of Paradise Mozart who got back to winning ways for the first time since October.
Like Nalas Pride, Paradise Mozart was swiftly into stride from trap six and Sean Meade’s runner enjoyed a strong advantage rounding the opening corner. Chased in second by Honourable Mate, the race soon developed into a routine nights work for Paradise Mozart as the son of Droopys Nidge - Alexandra maintained a strong gallop all the way to the line. Three lengths sepating Paradise Mozart from Honourable Mate in second, the time was good 29.06. Drombeg Davy claimed the final qualification spot back in third.
Eoin Troy sent out the impressive Mystical Gino at Clonmel on Friday night and he was back in the winners in race twelve as Mystical Luno made all of the running in this 550 yard contest.
Having her first outing since October last year, Mystical Luna would have been forgiven for needing the race but she showed no signs of any rust as she pinged out in front to lead early on. Three lengths clear down the back straight, this strong running daughter of Taylors Sky - Skywalker Gail was never going to be caught and she extended her lead to six lengths at the winning line. The time was a fast 30.05.
RAVEN STORMS HOME
Another greyhound to catch the eye not for the first time was Ballyregan Raven as he stormed to a lengthy success in an A2 550 contest.
Owned by the Kennedy-Family syndicate, Ballyregan Raven has some fine runs on his card but is perhaps hindered by the lack of distance opportunities on offer. However, when given the chance, the son of Good News - Ballyregan Rach is never too far away. From a moderate break last night wearing the stripes, Ballyregan Raven nestled in behind Knockbawn Buddy early and he quickly manoeuvred his way into contention down the back straight. Storming to the front entering the penultimate bend, it was a case of how far thereafter as Ballyregan Raven finished at speed to win by an extending nine lengths. The time was 30.18.
FIRMINO TAKES CHARGE OF EPIC HERO A3
Aside from the two semi finals of the Epic Hero Leger Winner 525, there were also two semi finals of a secondary sweepstake on display, which is also sponsored by Ger and Joan Hutton.
The first semi final was landed by Millroad Ruben (Yeah Man - Laughil Marie) for owner Richard Lanigan. It was Chestnut Clint who led for large parts of the race and looked like a winner heading down the back straight. However, Millroad Ruben, trained by Johnny O’Sullivan, came with a late flourish to chin the longtime leader on the line. A head separating the duo, the time was 29.38.
The second semi final was won in trap to line fashion by the Maria Byrne and TJ Connolly owned Dysert Firmino. Quickly into stride from trap three, Dysert Firmino showed the superior early gears approaching the opening bend and held all the aces galloping towards the back straight. Closely followed by Sugan Snowey in second, the son of Droopys Roddick - Dysert Noir pressed home his advantage late on and recorded a two length victory crossing the line. The time was a good 29.17.