We scored a couple of nice winners at the weekend, one at Limerick and one at Waterford, but there were also some eye catching, notable runs, from the team in defeat.
At Limerick, Prawn Star produced a quick 28.63, by four lengths, success when landing the opening 2019 quickPARK.ie Limerick Oaks heat. Not breaking the best, she edged towards the rails in behind the pack at the opening turn, spotting an opportunity to rail and go up the inside she soon asserted round the turns to take up the running. She pulled away along the far side as she went on to score comfortably by four lengths. Romeo Rumble showed huge pace and determination to even finish second in the Barking Buzz App Open Unraced 525 Final after starting tardy and then being badly baulked at the opening turn. Despite this, he showed huge pace to run down the eventual leader to five lengths. He clearly has massive pace and when he puts it together will be capable of a big run. The feature of the evening were the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Semi-Finals where Herecomesdahoney took his place after his previous wins in recent weeks. Faced with a tricky trap draw in 5, he didn’t let connections down as he finished second and qualified for next weeks prestigious Final! Breaking smartly and moving towards the rails he was just held to the bend by Ballymac Tas, following her round he held his second position and qualifying spot, eventually going down by four lengths. He has drawn his preferred Trap 1 in the Final next week which will play to his advantage in this hugely competitive contest; arguably the best juvenile competition in the sport.
Over at Waterford we had three runners contesting the Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select 525. Newinn Lester lay down a marker in the opening heat as he produced a display of scorching early pace to lead into the opening corner. He was in total control of the contest out wide and cruised along in front, eventually stopping the clock in 28.75 (-20) by three and a half lengths. Rural Vic had to settle for second spot but ran a great race in defeat when going down by a neck right on the line in the second heat before Blue East produced from out of the clouds to just be pipped by a short head on the line again in the third and final heat. Last at the opening turn, having been squeezed up to the rails, he set off in pursuit along the far side. Still some six lengths behind at the 3rd turn he spotted the gaps on the rails and continued closing round the final turns, trying his upmost, the line came just in time for the winner Skywalker Jorge. A couple of brilliant runs in defeat. Slippy Cian will now join them in the Semi Final stages, he qualifies as the highest placed Derby entry.