Peter Farrell

The opening round of the O’Connor Julian Vet Cashel Tri-Distance produced some terrific action last week at Limerick but that was to serve as a glimpse of what was to come as the competition really caught fire on Saturday night.

Beaming Scarlet was one of the stand-out performers in the opening round of this hugely competitive stake but she stepped up in emphatic fashion on Saturday night as Corona Ryan’s bitch went just under a length and a half off Riverside Mary’s 30.96 track record for the 575-yard distance at the Dock Road circuit.

Beaming Scarlet is a really exciting sort and after clocking 29.79 for the 550 trip last weekend, the young November 19’ bitch continues to show rapid improvement as she dominated from the outset to make it four wins from six starts. Flying from trap one, Beaming Scarlet soared up the rail early on and she took a commanding lead into the back straight where in truth, she enjoyed a virtual solo thereafter. Displaying tremendous gears down the back, the daughter of Garryvoe Bobby and Beaming Shiraz relished the extra yardage on the run for home and she was mighty impressive in sealing a nine length victory over Twice Lucky in second. The time was a blistering 31.05 which is just .9 spot outside the record for the 575-yard distance, a leading player for outright glory and a ready-made star.


Oneforthelake was next best in the second heat of the night for owner Morgan O’Neill and unsurprisingly, the son of Superior Product and Vics Romance was installed the 4/5 market leader to make it three wins on the bounce. Flashing from trap six, it was clear from an early stage that Oneforthelake wasn’t in the mood to hang around and he soon developed a healthy advantage on the long run to the opening corner. Setting a frantic gallop down the back, Oneforthelake was striding on majestically and the extra yardage proved no problem for this talented August 19’ whelp as he stormed to a four length success over Hazelhill Kelso in second. The time was a sensational 31.19,


The opening heat of the night was landed in trap-to-line fashion by Madams Minx for joint owners Brenda Peters and Christine Peck. Without a win since November of last year, last night’s success was well worth waiting for as the daughter of Knockglass Billy and Madams Babe showed fine pace throughout to lead home Mister Cool by four lengths at the winning line. Now classed as a veteran, the time for the March 17’ whelp was a career best, 31.27, a brilliant performance for connections.

Rallying Knight was another who hadn't tasted success in quite a while for the Rallying-Racing-Syndicate but he got back to winning ways in good style last night. Trained by Neilus O’Connell, Rallying Knight bided his time from trap two as Crokers Light set the pace early on. However, the son of Kinloch Brae and Sheer Classic stuck to his task well to storm past the early leader and record a three length victory at the winning line. The time was 31.48.

Ballyelan Rolly (Laughil Blake - Ballyelan Comet)was another to come from off the pace to land heat five. Owned by Kathy Scanlon, Ballyelan Rolly nestled in behind early on from trap one as Mystical Gino led the field into the opening bend. However, the extra twenty-five yards proved decisive in this contest as Ballyelan Rolly made steady progress throughout before storming home to chin Gunboat Showman on the line. A neck separating the duo, the time was 31.51.

Another greyhound to come out the right end of a judge's call was Grouchos Cain (Droopys Cain - Varra Bawn)in heat six. Jointly owned by Ken O’Connell and David Carroll, Grouchos Cain shipped a bump early on but showed fine determination to finish strongly, just ahead of 4/5 favourite Sporting Rita, in second. Both finishing at speed, Grouchos Cain was a neck better off, in a time of 31.60.


Prior to the Tri-Distance action commencing at Limerick last night, there was an electric debut performance from Chubbys Best as he recorded figures rarely seen at Limerick from a debutant performer.

Jointly owned by Laura and Ogie O’Meara, Chubbys Best had two very impressive qualifying trials heading into last night’s ON2/3 525 and understandably, he went to boxes the 4/6 favourite to deliver on that promise. Breaking smartly from trap three, the promising pup soon put this contest to bed as he produced a devastating display to run out a six and a half length winner over Faithful Vinnie in second. The time was a brilliant 28.53 and it’s worth noting that the dam of Chubbys Best is String of Pearls who was a top-class tracker herself. Based on this puppy’s performance, it looks as though she has passed on that talent and expect to hear much more from this ready-made star in the months to follow.