It was a busy weekend with nearly 30 runners spread across Shelbourne Park, Limerick and Curraheen Park all looking for success.
Over at Curraheen Park we saw Nitro Notorious run out a good winner in the opener there, using his rails pitch to his advantage he came home three and a half lengths in front in a decent 28.69. The feature races of the night were the Two Wheel Training Cork Oaks Semi-Finals where Ballinakil Clare and Sidarian Fern lined up. Ballinakil Claire was desperately unlucky, tracking the leader along the far side she was closing all the time. Looking to make a move up the rails on the final turn, and pushing for the lead, she clipped legs and was unfortunately knocked over, costing her a qualifying place at the least. We’re glad to report that apart from being tired she’s ok. In the second Semi Final, Sidarian Fern ran a good race in behind the early leaders and grabbed the 3rd qualifying spot and will line up in next week’s Final. Drive On Tipp ran a good race as he finished 2nd in the evening’s final contest, and Open 525.
Unfortunately we returned from Shelbourne empty handed on the winners front but a couple of encouraging performances from some of the younger runners. Blueberry Diva was runner up in a strong A1 whilst Lughill Ivy had to settle for the same in a good AA0 contest.
The Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake got underway at Limerick where we had 12 runners looking to qualify for the next round. This stake throws up some exceptional talents and this year looks like being no exception. Blue East got us off to a flyer in the opening heat as he was an eight length winner in 28.59. Macaroon Towser grabbed the final qualifying spot here but Clona Blaze encountered trouble at the opening turn and was knocked over. Thankfully he returned to his feet and completed the course and we’re pleased to be able to say he seems ok back at the kennels this week.
Slippy Cian and Conbrien Prince took 2nd and 3rd spot in Heat 6, both progressing to the next round before Riverside Tiger and Fahrenheit Daz qualified from Heat 8. Rural Brae safely progressed from Heat 10 as he finished 3rd before Beaming Paradise claimed the runner up spot in Heat 11 to be our final qualifier.
You can catch the Greyhound View feature of the evening’s racing from Limerick in the video below and the full draw for the Second Round can be viewed further below.