There was no shortage of eye catching displays at Galway greyhound stadium last night as a number of greyhounds dipped under the twenty-nine second barrier at the tough Connacht circuit.
The first notable performance on the night came in the opening contest an A4 event landed in comfortable fashion by the Jason Burke owned Civiland Strange. Chasing back to back wins, Civiland Strange was well away from trap five and after showing the superior early gears approaching the opening corner, his rivals didn't really lay a glove on the son of Droopys Jets - Ballyboy Flash thereafter. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, Burke’s charge crossed the line a convincing seven length winner as the clock returned a very fast calculated 28.77.
PADDY HEADS A MORRISSEY DOUBLE
Next to break the magical twenty-nine second barrier at Galway was Save Me Paddy in race nine who made it back to back wins for owner Tina Morrissey.
This greyhound was without a win prior to the start of November but has really taken off since taking to the Galway circuit. After clocking 28.77 on a rain soaked track last time out, Save Me Paddy was well away from trap three in his bid for more of the same this time around. Tracking superbly around the opening corner to miss traffic, this A1 event was soon to be dead and buried at the halfway mark as the son of Kinloch Brae - Geelo Lu Lu stretched clear to storm home six lengths clear of Rosshill George in second. The time, identical to his last win, was 28.77.
A nice double was sealed for the Morrissey kennel in race ten as Errill Can put to bed his luckless prior start with a polished display for owner Tommy Morrissey.
Indeed, the form of Morrissey’s kennel was highlighted last week and it is showing no signs of slowing down as Errill Can raced to a career best performance. An April 19’ son of Toolatetosell - Mandeville Can, the blue-brindle was lively at traps and came away running from trap two to lead his rivals on the approach to the opening corner. From here, it was a formality for Errill Can as he outpaced the field to run out a six and a half length winner. The time was a smart 28.80 and for one so young, don’t be surprised if he improves further in the weeks to follow.
MELODY FASTEST OVER TWO BENDS
There were a number of two bend contests also on last night’s Galway card and Headford Melody returned the fastest time of the night to seal a fifth career win.
Owned by Seamus Leahy, Headford Melody normally plies her trade over the standard 525 yard distance but dropping back to 350 this week, she certainly got things right at traps. Swiftly into stride from trap five, the daughter of Pat C Sabbath - Headford Fantasy took no prisoners early on as she showed fine zip approaching the opening corner to take charge. Once clear, Headford Melody tracked well around the bottom two corners and stayed on strong to record a near two length win. The time was a smart 19.00.