DRIVE ON SCAMP went quickest in the semi-finals of the Davy O'Brien Memorial A2 stake at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.
Christopher O'Donovan's dog showed plenty of early dash to lead around the opening corners from what looked like a tricky draw out wide. The winner was forced to pull out all the stops up front as True Lady was within two lengths at the second last corner and she ran on strongly to get within a short head at the winning line.
That was a tenth career success for Drive On Scamp, the winning time was 29.06 and there were three lengths back to Rallying Joy who took third.
SIZZLING EARLY PACE
A really quick starter, Knockbay Kay made every yard of the running to take the second semi-final for owners David and John O'Herlihy.
Trained by Kevin McLean, the winner flashed from traps, showing sizzling early pace, she led around from Satin Cora. Always doing enough upfront, the lightly raced winner held on to beat the running on Mucky Jordan, by half a length, in 29.11, with half a length back to Satin Cora in third place.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS
In the opening semi-final of the Go Greyhound Racing A1 stake, Ballyboy Deme returned to winning form for owner Jerry O'Brien and trainer David Harrington.
Couldn't Say set a strong early pace, but the winner was always within touching distance. Much the stronger on the home straight, Ballyboy Deme finished best of all and he got the verdict by three-quarters of a length, in 28.88. Two lengths back to Coconut Crash in third.
Annagh Lucy went four spots quicker in the second semi-final, clocking 28.84, for owner Dan Stackpoole and trainer Rachel Wheeler.
Railing well around the opening corners to lead, the exciting May puppy kicked clear heading down the back straight. Always in control up front, she ran out a really impressive winner, coming home with three and a half lengths to spare over the fast finishing Woodbrook Laurel, in 28.84. A neck back to Brogan Defender in third place.
In form trainer Pat Kiely took the closing race on the card, Giddyupgonzo overcoming the trap five draw to make it back to back wins for owners the Creamer-Dreamers-Syndicate.
Repeating his 3.28 sectional from last time, the pacey performer easily led around the opening bends. From there, it was always going to take a special performance to reel him in. Ballymac Miranda gave it a good go, only a length between them midway down the back, she did show plenty of pace to get within half a length of the classy winner.
A 28.80 winning run in the A0 contest which was the quickest time of the night over the standard trip.
One other performance of the note was the 28.91 winning run of Freedom Witness in the opening race, an A4/A5.
The track was clearly running on the slow side and the Ray and Gerard Morgan owned runner showed bundles of pace to win easily. The April puppy looks an improving sort and it was noted as a really smart run.