Peter Farrell

Galway was the stage for a couple of sweepstake deciders last night and there was success for both Noel Costello and Tommy Richardson on the night.

The first of the two finals down for decision was the Welcome Back To Sports A4 525 which was kindly sponsored by John Grimes. Offering a winner’s prize of €1,000, it was Racecourse Toni who justified her 4/5 price tag to lead home the field in comfortable fashion in the end. Drawn in trap six, Racecourse Toni wasn't too fluently into stride and was almost off her feet rounding the opening turn as Lillies Joy made the early running. However, recovering brilliantly, Racecourse Toni improved into second down the back straight and took control of proceedings between the bottom two bends. From here, the Noel Costello owned bitch flew up the Galway straight to seal a two and a half length win over Zeus Nitro in second. The time was 29.26.


The second final up for grabs was the €950 to the winner Greyhound Make Great Pets A3 525 and it was Dance Pondo who made it three wins on the trot to land the spoils.

A 5/4 heading into last night’s decider, Tommy Richardson’s Dance Pondo had implemented trap-to-line tactics in the rounds prior and he was to deploy a similar style this time around as he pounced from trap four to lead early doors. The son of Ballymac Vic - Dance Melissa quickly opened a four length lead down the back straight and despite the improving Springwell Janey making rapid inroads in the closing stages, Dance Pondo held firm to seal the win. Three parts of a length better off at the winning line, the time was 29.03.


Elsewhere on the card there was a fine double for the Hogan kennel as both Grangeview Mags and Grangeview Best scored on the night.

The first of the winners came in race eight as the Michael Hogan owned Grangeview Mags proved a comprehensive winner on route to a career best effort. Fast away from trap three, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Blastoff Khalesi showed electric early gears and she extended her lead down the back to leave the result never in doubt. Romping to a six and a half length win over nearest rival Millrose Brandy in second, the time for Grangeview Mags was a swift 28.89.

The double was completed in race eleven as Grangeview Best took a leaf out of his kennel companion’s book in running out an easy winner. Owned by Jamie Hogan, the well-bred son of Ballymac Best and Portumna West showed the superior early gears to lead from trap six and from here, he stayed on strongly in the closing stages of the contest to account for Kilballyowen Boy by four and three parts of a lengths at the winning line. The time was 29.11.