With the 2020 Friends of Limerick Irish St. Leger set to start six days from today, there were plenty of clues on offer as to the quality of what to expect in the coming weeks at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
Race eleven was the standout contest of paper as two in-form trackers in the shape of Black Parachute and Oran Don were pencilled in together with an epic clash expected from two of the Country’s finest greyhounds. It didn't quite pan out that way however, as Black Parachute put all of his rivals to the sword with a simply sensational performance for handler Graham Holland. Out like a light from trap one, Black Parachute soon led on the inner as Congress Thunder followed in second. A clear leader rounding the opening turn, it was now a question of how far as the strong running son of Ballydoyle Honey stretched out brilliantly as Oran Don now began to wind up his challenger further back in second. This was over as a contest however, and Black Parachute continued to set a frantic gallop all the way to the winning line as he recorded a three and a half length victory. Congress Thunder came again to grab second as Oran Don settled for third. The time was an incredible 29.48 and make no mistake, this greyhound will be a leading player to land the final Classic of the year.
WYATT GETS HIS WIN
Given the ability Droopys Wyatt (Laughil Duke - Droopys Sylvia) possesses, it’s scarcely believable that he was still searching for his first career win last night but that was the obstacle facing the Robert Gleeson trained greyhound ahead of a hot contest in race eight.
A five dog affair, Droopys Wyatt was perfectly housed on the fence and it was his red jacket along with Massachusetts who appeared first to dispute the lead on the approach to the opening corner. Running a terrific bend however, Wyatt hit the front and took a slender lead over Massachusetts into the penultimate bend. Stretching clear in the closing stages, the Sherdog-Holmes syndicate owned greyhound clearly appreciated the Limerick circuit as he came home over two lengths clear of Massachusetts in second, with Jaytee Japan making a nice comeback in third. The time was 29.75 and that should prove a nice pipe opener ahead of the 2020 Leger renewal next week.
FOX STRIKES LATE
Last year’s Munster Juvenile Cup winner and the 2020 Produce Stakes finalist Rathcoole Fox has always been a greyhound who has threatened to land one of the big events and he warmed up for a Leger tilt with a nice win in race ten.
In what was a messy affair on the approach to the opening bend, the black jacket of Rathcoole Fox missed the kick at traprise and was fourth on the run to the corner. Meanwhile, Ardrahan Justice, Inforapenny and Ardfert Rooster were all dictating early on before crowding soon ensued. This benefited Rathcoole Fox and the Graham Holland trained black was improving in behind to now sit third entering the back straight. Ardrahan Justice continued to lead out in front but the Fox was stalking in behind and he took control entering the home straight. Staying on stoutly thereafter, the son of Top Honcho - Ballydoyle Honey was one and a half lengths better off come the winning line as the clock read 30.16. More to come from Rathcoole Fox but he will need to brush up on his trapping going forward.
SWEET MUSIC IS A FUTURE STAR
There was a sensational debut performance in race three from Music Tomy Ears as he opened his account in scintillating style.
Trained by Patrick Guilfoyle for the Pension-Plan syndicate, Music Tomy Ears came to Limerick with two very nice qualifying trials but those were mere tasters of what was to follow as the March 19’ whelp ran out a convincing winner. Fast away from trap five, the son of Droopys Cain - Glideaway Pearl quickly put the race to bed as he sped into the opening corner on his lonesome. From here, it was a straightforward night’s work for Guilfoyle’s young pup as he opened an unassailable advantage to storm home ten lengths clear. The time was an incredible 28.42. The Pension-Plan syndicate were responsible for Gold Cup winner, Music Toour Ears and it looks like they have struck gold again with this promising youngster.