Peter Farrell

Galway hosted an eleven race programme last night with several greyhounds dipping under the 29 second barrier.

Taputti was beaten in a hot novice event in Cork on debut but his qualifying exploits outlined his abilities and he broke his maiden tag in style in the night’s opening event.

Owned by Javier Jarne and trained by Pat Buckley, Taputti broke best of all from trap one to pace up the rail to take the race by the scruff of the neck. From here, it was a straightforward night’s work for the February 19’ whelp as he maintained a strong gallop to go well clear. Never under any pressure, the son of Droopys Jet - Killanin Rosie came home an easy five and three parts of a length winner as the clock returned a calculated time of 28.91.


There was another clear-cut winner later on in the card when Millrose Brandy came home at his leisure to record his first career win for owner Ger Cremin.

Stepping back up to the four bends, Millrose Brandy broke smartly from trap three to outpace his rivals into the opening corner. It was all over as a contest thereafter as the beautiful white and fawn stretched clear down the back and stayed on strongly to grab a near ten length win. The time was a good 28.99.


Aidan Bennett grabbed a nice winner in the very next winner as Rathin Minnie produced a strong finish to land the spoils.

Grahams Jet led for large parts of this contest but stalked throughout by Rathin Minnie in second, the daughter of Confident Rankin - Rathin Queen bided her time nicely and stepped it up a notch approaching the penultimate corner. Staying on best of all in the closing stages, Bennett’s charge was over three lengths too strong at the winning line. The time was 28.83.


Springwell Mouse is something of a kennel star for owner Denis Hannon and he was searching for a fourteenth win as he took to traps wearing the red jacket.

Slowly into stride, Springwell Mouse stuck tight to the rails early on and ran a lovely bend to take control off the second turn. Once in front the gap opened and the strong running abilities of Hannon’s greyhound was there for all to see. The result never in doubt, the son of Skywalker Puma - Springwell Watsy extended his lead to six and a half lengths at the winning line. The time was 28.93.


There was another off the pace performance in race eight as Spin The Coin challenged late on to grab the win for Patrick O’Loughlin in what proved to be the first leg of a litter double.

Drombeg Davy set a strong pace throughout and looked set to record another win at Galway track but the Lackaghmore syndicate owned brindle hung on to the coattails and delivered a late flurry to grab a well-deserved victory. A length and a quarter clear at the line, Spin The Coin (Ballymac Eske - Pats Black Lady) recorded a swift 28.96.

Shortly after, Office Bar was similarly impressive as he finished strongly from trap four to land the spoils. Missing the kick completely early on, Office Bar did a lot of running to get back into contention but still had plenty in reserve late on as he finished strongly to grab the win. Over two lengths in hand at the line, the time was 29.27.