Peter Farrell

Last night’s ten-race card at Galway Greyhound Stadium saw a number of smart performances throughout the night and the highlight was a double for Seamus Leahy as both Headford Evan and Headford Honey claimed victories.

In the opening race of the night, Headford Evan kick-started what would prove to be the first leg of a double for Seamus Leahy as he went quickest in the WGOBA Hold The Line A6/A7 525. Installed the 4/5 favourite to land the spoils, the son of Pat C Sabbath and Allowdale Sheba left it late to claim victory as he ghosted through runners before delivering a strong finishing kick to cross the line a length clear of Brendys Girl in second. The time was 29.52 .20s.

In the second semi final of the WGOBA Hold The Line A6/A7 525, French Deluxe recorded a fifth career victory in good style for Francine Jestin. An April 17’ daughter of Vite Max and French In Black, she turned over the odds-on favourite as she delivered a powerful finish to cross the line a length and a half clear of Ausmac Hour in second. The time was 29.61 .20s.


The double for Seamus Leahy was completed in race five as Headford Honey scored in brilliant style as she dipped under 19-seconds for the 350-yard trip.

A May 19’ daughter of Tyrur Big Mike and Headford Fantasy, Headford Honey went to traps a 2/1 shot and after leading early from trap two, she displayed brilliant acceleration to go clear. Tracking expertly thereafter, Headford Honey proved two lengths too good for nearest rival, Menmal Princess, as she stopped the clock in a rapid 18.99 .10s.


The opening semi final of the WGOBA Sean Scully Memorial A4/A5 525 took place in race six and Ballingarry Ruby ran out an easy winner for Enda Corcoran.

Narrowly beaten in the opening round, Ballingarry Ruby made no mistake this time around as the daughter of Superior Panama and Creevy Charm broke well from four to nestle into a good position early on. Taking charge upon entrance to the back straight, it was one-way traffic thereafter for Corcoran’s charge as she drew clear of her rivals to win by seven lengths. Peteles Lord and Peteles Duke landed the other two qualification spots in behind as the clock returned a good 29.34 .20s.

In the second semi final, Five Alley Jack built on a strong performance last time out to make it back-to-back wins.

Owned by Paul Hogan, it was a similar story for Five Alley Jack this time around as the 5/4 chance broke swiftly from trap four to make every inch of the running. Coming home two lengths clear of Glynnscrossbecky in second, the time was 29.45 .20s as the final qualification spot went to Bumblebee Queen in third.


The fastest time of the night came in the concluding race as Newport Diva dominated from the outset to make it seven career wins.

Owned by Padraig Hoban and trained by Martin Fahy, Newport Diva bounced from trap six to lead the field into the opening corner. From here, it was a straightforward night’s work for the daughter of Sparta Maestro and Love Honey as she crossed the line five and a half lengths clear of Eileens Best in second. The time was a rapid 29.14 .20s.