Rural Hawaii was crowned the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Champion on Saturday night following a brilliant performance in the Final.
Eventually coming home a length in front of the battling Holycross Leah, he ran out a deserved winner of the ultimate prize in greyhound racing. He has only lost once during the competition, when being beat by kennel mate Sonic in the Quarter Final.
Going to traps second favourite in the betting market, he needed to trap well to put himself in contention early on; he did just that and went to the bend in front. Entering the back straight he was a clear leader but Holycross Leah was chasing hard. Round the final two bends Hawaii needed the couple of lengths he had gained as he took his usual wide course as he does round the 4th bend. Straightening for home, he found himself level with Leah but he showed determination as he galloped hard to the line to win by a length in 29.65.
Sonic, who went off favourite, came home in 3rd whilst Sidarian Pearl, who paced up well but met trouble, came home in 6th place. Both have been a credit to connections throughout this competition.
Rural Hawaii is a son of Head Bound and Duck Fat, he was bred by the owners Helen and Mike O’Dwyer in Clonmel so this achievement is extra special for connections.