Wolfe claimed a richly deserved first major title on Saturday night when racing to brilliant victory in the Ladbrokes Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park.
The stands may have been empty but the quality of the display from the Graham Holland trained star would have been appreciated by those who watched on line or caught up with the action this morning.
Marian Moloney’s Wolfe had so been fancied for so many classics in the past only for luck to desert him but, on this occasion, he displayed courage, raw pace and real determination to see off the brave efforts of both Ballymac Anton and Ballymac Inspeed.
There was drama right from the start. Laughil Josh charged traps from four which caused a couple of the runners to mistime the start. In contrast, Murts Boher came away racing to dictate into the turn. Razldazl Peaky and Ballymac Inspeed came next while Wolfe and Ballymac Anton found themselves a couple of lengths off the pace in fourth and fifth.
Wolfe displayed his trademark early burst of pace to move second by the turn although the son of Tyrur Big Mike and Jalingo had to check his stride slightly as Murts Boher cut the bend. The race was now on.
Ballymac Anton stayed tight to the fence to move third as they entered the back straight with Ballymac Inspeed in fourth. Murts Boher passed halfway with a length and a half in hand but the writing was on the wall when Wolfe began to charge into the third turn.
Shooting up the fence, Wolfe challenged Murts Boher on the third turn. Murts Boher tried to close the door, but it was too late. Wolfe was on the inside and he took charge before turning for home. Ballymac Anton tracked him in second but there was no stopping the new leader.
Wolfe has become a stronger greyhound than in his youth and that was evident on the run in as he repelled the challenge of Ballymac Anton to cross the line with a length and a half to spare in 29.89. Ballymac Inspeed stayed on strongly for third, a further length adrift.