Peter Farrell

The final of the Heathlawn Kennels A3/A4 575 was the main attraction to Galway greyhound stadium last night and it proved an exciting contest as Kilballyowen Boy saw off Knoppogue Rose by a neck at the winning line.

Offering a winner’s prize of €900, the Heathlawn 575 has proved a highly competitive stake and last night’s decider proved no different. Owned by Sean O’Riordan and trained by Stephen Murray, Kilballyowen Boy was chasing a hat-trick of wins after displaying big early gears in each of his prior two outings and last night was no exception. Flashing from trap three, Kilballyowen Boy opened a three length advantage over his rivals on the run to the first bend and he extended this lead to five down the back. At this stage, the final looked all sewn up for the son of Laughil Blake and Bright Ella, however, his stride began to shorten between the bottom two bends and it was Knoppogue Rose who emerged a potent threat. Closing the gap with every stride, Knoppogue Rose was flying up the Galway straight but the winning line came just in time for Kilballyowen Boy as he held firm to seal a neck win for connections. The time was a scintillating 31.56 .10s.


Just like last night with litter brother Kentucky, Dixie was on hand to claim another victory in race seven as she produced a career best performance for owner Tom Burke.

A 4/5 favourite at the off, Dixie was well on her way to eight wins from eleven starts as she bolted from trap three to lead Flyers Iniesta into the opening corner. The former proved a worthy opponent for Dixie and although she maintained a narrow advantage down the back, she  was never allowed any breathing space by her talented rival. However, Dixie has proved time and time again how tough she is and the daughter of Jaytee Jet and Droopys Breeze was always in control as she came home a length and a half too good for Flyers Iniesta in second. The time was a fantastic 28.61.


Mollrose King ran out a comfortable winner of race six as justified his even money price-tag for Sean Daly. It was Some Boy Whack who led the way early from trap five but showing big pace down the back straight, Mollrose King sped to the front and from here, he proved too strong in the closing half of the contest. Galloping to a convincing seven length win, the son of Candlelight King and Mollrose Queen stopped the clock in a good 29.07.

Kilcormack Molly is never too far away and Gerard Finn’s bitch was back in the winner’s circle last night as she made all of the running to score in a 550-yard contest. Flashing from trap four, Kilcormack Molly already held a healthy advantage into the opening corner and she maintained a four length lead into the back. From here, the daughter of Taylors Sky and Kilcormack Aine, a 3/1 chance, stayed on well to cross the line two and a half lengths clear of Wee Small Hours in second. The time was 30.11.