It was another good couple of days for the kennel team as we secured 11 of our team through to the Third Round of the 2017 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby.
Qualification is the primary target at these stages but it’s always nice to have a couple of winners along the way and we walked away with four winners over the two evening’s brilliant racing. Our only winner on Thursday was Sonic, who was so impressive when leading all the way in the First Round, was again superb but this week for completely different reasons. Not leading and then finding trouble, his qualification looked in doubt, but turning out the second turn some 10 lengths behind the leaders he showed supreme pace to reel them in and just get up on the line to win Heat 5. A brilliant performance.
The opening Heat has seen Impressive Guy and Sidarian Fern both qualify in 3rd and 2nd spots respectively, before Drive On Tipp grabbed 2nd place in Heat 2 to progress. Kiss and Hug had to dig deep to hold on to 3rd place in Heat 4 to ensure his name is in the draw for next week’s Third Round.
Onto Saturday and we scored a hat-trick of Heat winners. Clonbrien Hero ran out an good winner in Heat 9 following up last week’s victory. Leading the run up he went on to score comfortably, stopping the clock in a fast 29.41. Clares Rocket treated the crowd to a round fastest 29.15 as he was extremely impressive in Heat 12 where he led home kennel mate Hovex Mick to give us a nice 1-2. Droopys Cabaye hit the 3rd winner for the team as he ran out a good winner of Heat 15, stopping the clock in another good time of 29.51 he went about his business very professionally and is running well. Black Farren (Heat 13) and Clona Kid (Heat 10) both finished 2nd in their heats and now move into the draw for the Third Round.
The videos from all of our team’s runs can be seen on our Second Round Derby page found here.
The full draw for the Third Round was made after racing on Saturday and throws up some real mouth watering clashes. Qualification is still the name of the game with anything more a huge bonus, good luck to all our owners in the next round!