The team sent 5 runners to traps in the 2018 Barking Buzz App Irish St Leger Open 550 Semi-Finals at Limerick on Saturday evening.
The first semi final didn’t go to plan as both Totos Park and defending champion, Clonbrien Hero, bowed out. It looked for much of the race as if Clonbrien Hero would secure a qualifying spot but when being forced to check at the crucial point of the third bend, he lost his action and couldn’t maintain his momentum on the run in. Totos Park was never in contention early and despite launching a late bid for the third qualification spot he couldn’t quite get there in time.
The second Semi Final saw us land a magnificent 1-2-3 as Clonbrien Prince led home Nice Charmer and Lenson Blinder to secure three Finalists. It was Prince who led early, producing arguably his best break to date in the competition. The powerful galloper was in full control of the contest as Nice Charmer and Lenson Blinder followed him round and along the far side. Turning for home, the result was confirmed as Prince, Charmer and Blinder held their positions to land their well deserved Final places.
At Waterford, we had three representatives taking their places in the opening round of The Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select 525, won last year by Lughill Robbie.
The opening Heat saw Irish Derby Finalist, Clona Blaze produce a powerful performance to land the spoils. Holding his wide position into the opening turns he asserted out of the second bend before pulling away impressively. Stretching the field, he came home six lengths in front in the fastest time of the heats, 28.18.
Newinn Lester was made to work for victory in the Second Heat. Pacing up well he managed to grab the lead out the second turn. Taking control of the race along the far side he built up a narrow advantage which proved crucial, turning for home he was put under pressure but battled well to take the spoils by half a length in 28.42.
The third Heat saw Blue East break moderately before facing trouble at crucial points. Unable to secure a clear run he was facing an uphill task to qualify and so it proved as he finished in 5th place.