GOOD SETS THE PACE IN BRUSSELS OPENER AT GALWAY

GOOD SETS THE PACE IN BRUSSELS OPENER AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

Kindly sponsored by the Brussels Family, the opening round heats of the Liam Brussels Memorial 525 got underway last night at Galway greyhound stadium and Double Good was the standout performer of the five heats as he dipped under twenty-nine seconds.

Owned by the Ducking & Diving syndicate, Double Good only has the four races to date and won last time out at Thurles with a strong running performance. Running in heat three last night at Galway, Double Good set upon similar tactics as he was only moderately away from trap three but showed an excellent turn of back straight pace to overcome a two length lead and soar to the front. Stretching his advantage with every stride thereafter, the son of Good News - Bull Run Kite stormed clear to score by seven lengths. The time was a smart 28.97.

DERG NEXT BEST

Next best on the clock came in the opening heat as Lios Derg broke his duck in comfortable style for owner Roy Mannion.

Quickest into stride wearing the white jacket, Lios Derg left his rivals for dust on the run to the opening corner. Holding a two length lead heading into the back straight, Peteles Duke was next to follow but the lead was stretching out in front and Lios Derg wasn't in the mood to be caught. Staying on impressively in the closing stages, the son of Droopys Roddick - Kitmans Jenny crossed the line over eight lengths to the good as the clock returned 29.18.

PANDA BREAKS HER DUCK

Bayview Panda (Lenson Panda - Spiddal Star) was another greyhound chasing her first career win but that run came to an end in heat two as she scored for owner Eoin Clancy.

It was nip and tuck at traprise as Bayview Panda in three and Croaghill Lizzie in six both battled it out for early supremacy on the run to the opening corner. Bayview Panda had the inside line however and she stuck to the rails and emerged a two length leader heading into the back straight. It was more of the same as the race progressed with Bayview Panda holding firm and coming home two lengths ahead of Croaghill Lizzie to record her first win. The time was 29.29.

LADY LEAVES IT LATE

Kilwest Lady (Sonic - Ballinakil Clare) is a member of what looks a very promising litter and she also notched her first career win in heat four.

Owned by the The Keating syndicate, Kilwest Lady came away well from trap six but was outpaced on the run to the opening bend as Rathin Archie and Errill Can showed the better early gears from the inside. However, trouble ensued at this point with Rathin Archie dropping back which left Errill Can on the bunny with Kilwest Lady now stalking in behind. A huge threat approaching the crown of the home bend, Kilwest Lady produced a strong running performance in the final fifty yards to chin Errill Can on the line. A half a length separating the duo, the time was 29.33.

DOMINANT DAVE

Despite being slowest in terms of the clock, Radar Dave perhaps produced the most eye-catching performance of the five heats as he came from last to first to claim heat five.

Owned by Robert and Tadhg Bruce, Radar Dave ran off the opening corner from trap four and occupied sixth place rounding the opening corner. However, showing blistering pace down the back straight, the son of Romeo Recruit - Cavies Lucy picked through runners and had the race already sewn up at the penultimate turn. Storming to the front, Radar Dave stretched clear of the field and crossed the line over eight lengths better off. The time was 29.44 but one would assume he will go considerably faster with a better break. A wide open renewal of the Liam Brussels memorial.