With €1,800 on offer for the winner, the ‘Dublin Coach A3’ final was the feature at Limerick Greyhound Stadium last night and it was the Johnny O’Sullivan trained, Killahan Gangster who got back to winning ways on the night that mattered.
Owned by Vincent & Grace McKenna, Killahan Gangster had some very useful sprint form around Tralee in his early career but then was forced into a four month layoff prior to entering the Dublin Coach A3. The black had been taking forward strides on his comeback trail and was cherry ripe last night as stormed to victory in comfortable fashion. Approaching traps a 2/1 market chance, Killahan Gangster was out like a bullet from trap five and showed excellent early pace to slam the door on Excess Power at the opening turn. Now in front by five lengths, it was going to take a monumental effort from Excess Power to reel in a strong gallop out in front and his effort were to be in vein. Powering up the home straight, the son of ‘Droopys Jet - Got The Edge’ crossed the line over four lengths clear as the clock read a brilliant 28.64. Indeed, it wasn’t that long ago that this fellow’s dam caused quite a stir at the old Brandywell upon debut. For anyone familiar with the Derry circuit, clocking a terrific 28.06 (500yds) at only sixteen months on the old track was a serious feat and it looks like George Hamill’s brood is destined to produce many winners from the breeding paddocks as well.
POSH LANDS THE SPOILS
The second final on the night was the ‘Hit Or Bust ON2’ decider and after an exciting contest, Millbank Posh landed the €600 first prize for owner, George Hickey.
Millbank Posh (Coolavanny Jap - Droopys Posh) was strongly supported prior to the off and as a result, she went to traps the 5/4 favourite from trap two. After a brilliant 28.91 on debut, the bitch was even better into stride as she challenged Athlacca Zette and Boros Eoin into the opening bend. The former showed narrowly in front and proceeded to outpace his rivals down the back straight. However, Millbank Posh was always in control of the inside line and this proved decisive as she crept up the rails and stayed on strongly. Holding off the persistent Athlacca Zette, Millbank Posh claimed a half length victory, in a time of 28.84.
KID WINS AGAIN
Asides from the feature races on the card, Rachels Kid notched his eighth career victory in an A3 525 for owners, PT Gallagher and Raymond Griffiths.
Trained by Barbara Rees Jones, Rachels Kid is as consistent as they come and despite a moderate start in the stripes, he showed that he was a class above his opponent with a dominant display. Mohane Duchess set the early standard but Rachels Kid powered to the front midway down the back straight and it was curtains for his rivals thereafter. Five lengths better off come the line, the time was a fast 28.83 for the 5/2 shot.
BANDIT DEFIES THE ODDS IN SUPER 6 OPENER
The first of Limerick’s ‘Super Six’ races got underway last night with the Open 350 and there was an upset on the cards as the 4/7 jolly, Carrigmore Bobby went down to Cork runner, Dustys Bandit.
Dustys Bandit had some very impressive clocks at Curraheen Park, so much so that the son of ‘Laughil Blake - Ryma Boca’ was chasing a seventh victory in twelve starts. Well away wearing red, Dustys Bandit showed good early pace up the rail to narrowly turn in front. Carrigmore Bobby meanwhile, had missed the kick and showed terrific pace to get back on terms rounding the opening turn. However, Dustys Bandit pulled away up the straight and claimed a two length victory over Carrigmore Bobby in second. The time was 18.86 as the winner returned a 2/1 market chance.