Peter Farrell

It was an all graded affair last night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium but there was one performance in particular which caught the eye as Derby Loch landed his novice event with relative ease.

Jointly owned by Mary O’Sullivan and Cormac Thompson, Derby Loch was faultless during his qualifying campaign but was available at 9/4 prior to the start with Clonbrien Og installed the hot 4/6 favourite. This contest however, was over at trap rise with Derby Loch bouncing out in front from trap four to outpace his rivals into the opening corner. From here, it was a formality for the son of Kinloch Brae - Cabbage as the handily sized black increased his advantage with every stride and galloping to a virtual solo out in front, the distance was eleven lengths at the winning line. The time was a very quick 28.75 and although sterner tests will follow, the future looks bright for this young April 19’ whelp.


Another greyhound to dip under the 29 second barrier was Ballybrack Gem in race eleven as he got back to winning ways for the first time since June.

Owned by Luke Murphy and trained by Padraic O’Lore, Ballybrack Gem was moderately away from trap four but had to play second fiddle to Mohane Vicky in the early stages. Biding her time well however, the daughter of Scolari Me Daddy - Diamond Star stuck to her task well and finished with real gusty to claim neck victory over Bargain Devil, who also stayed on strongly, in second. The time was a quick 28.90.


Last week's call for distance racing was certainly answered at Limerick and race eight saw the D3 750 landed by 4/5 favourite, Mixed Model.

Indeed, there was a smart lineup with Down An Hour and Sporry Majestic amongst a top field and it was the former who trapped in front from four. Leading for much of the way thereafter, Sporry Majestic showed his hand down the back straight but it was Mixed Model (Laughil Blake - Ravenswood Emily) who emerged as the biggest threat approaching the penultimate turn. A smart winner last time out over the 575 in Cork. Mixed Model powered to the front late on and Denis Crowley’s bitch was strongest of all to claim a half length win over Down An Hour in second. The time was a good 42.09.