MAESTRO TAKES THE PRIZE AS DEVIL GOES QUICKEST AT LIMERICK

MAESTRO TAKES THE PRIZE AS DEVIL GOES QUICKEST AT LIMERICK

Peter Farrell

The final of the Limerick & Clare GOBA A7 525 was the highlight on last night's Limerick card and Hawkeye Maestro made it back to back wins to claim victory for owner Aishling Murphy.

A winner of his semi final last week in comfortable style, Hawkeye Maestro would no doubt have started favourite had bookmakers been in attendance and it was easy to see why as he sprung out in front from a lovely draw in trap one. Once in front, it was lights out for the remainder of the field with the son of Sparta Maestro - Fancy Nancy going about his business in a professional manner to see off the persistent, Big Time Jamie. A length and a half in it come the line, the time was 29.51 with the winner taking home the €520 first prize.

DEVIL MAKES IT TEN

Asides from the main event, Bargain Devil went one better than his last outing to get his head in front for owner, Leo McNulty.

Seeking a tenth career win, Bargain Devil (Superior Product - Rylane Dubh)failed by a neck last time out but he made no mistakes last night as he was swiftly into stride from trap four. In full control down the back straight, Ballybrack Gem made a good fist of it in second but was one and a half lengths adrift as the greyhounds crossed the winning line. The time for Bargain Devil was a very smart 28.69.

BEYONCE HITS THE RIGHT NOTE

In the race prior there was another smart display, this time from Tullovin Beyonce.

Owned by James Sheahan, Tullovin Beyonce had qualified with a very nice 29.06 mark but has run into hot company in each of her three outings since. Those races have clearly educated the October 18’ whelp however as she flew from trap one to outpace her rivals into the opening turn. Kaiser Kubrick challenged the leader into the back straight but Tullovin Beyonce was nothing if not game out in front and stayed on well to score. A length and a quarter in it come the winning line, the daughter of Good News - Tullovin Fire clocked an impressive 28.79.

SHARP VICKY TAKES THE OPEN

It's always good to see open speedsters in action and Mohane Alice notched a local success in race nine which was the Boylesports Open 350.

Owned by Cormac Davern, Mohane Vicky is a regular to the winners enclosure in Limerick and she is not your typical sprinter, switching regularly between the two and four bend distances. Just as effective over both trips, the extremely consistent daughter of Ballymac Vic - Mohane Maeve trapped expertly from trap three and showed lovely early gears into the opening corner. From here, Vicky used all of her track knowledge and stayed on well up the straight to account for a length and a half victory. Athlacca Zette next best in second, the time was a sharp 18.83.

LIVELY LOXLEY

There was one other performance of note and this came in race seven as Loxley made it two wins from three starts for owner Sean Stack.

A son of Laughil Blake - Rallying Way, Loxley was well away from trap one and challenged for the early lead with Mine Cluas into the opening corner. Taking charge midway down the back straight, Loxley drew clear and powered up the straight to win by four lengths. The time was a smart 28.94.