The team had a good weekend as we sent out six winners, including three doubles at three different tracks, not to mention a gallant runners up spot in the prestigious Con & Annie Kirby.
Herecomesdahoney has produced ultra professional performances, hugely consistent, since heading to Limerick and Saturday was no exception as he grabbed the runner up spot in the brilliant Con & Annie Kirby Memorial. He eventually went down by a length to a good winner in Toolmaker Josie. The last few weeks at Limerick has shown he is a durable, competitive dog who will no doubt go on to more great things in his career. The under card also saw the quickPARK.ie Limerick Oaks Semi-Finals, Prawn Star grabbed the 3rd qualifying spot in the second Semi here and moves into next weeks Final for owners Keohane Seafoods Syndicate.
Mullingar saw the opening round of the Larry Clancy Memorial Irish Cesarewitch, the racing was exceptional and we scored a nice double with Macaroon Cruz and Beaming Paradise scoring in great style. It was Cruz who landed the opening heat as he led all the way, fading slightly on the run in as he held on by a short head in 33.71. Drive On Tipp finished back in fourth spot in this and qualifies for the next round. Beaming Paradise set the standard in Heat 3 as he produced a sensational performance, running out an emphatic winner by six lengths in 33.36. Totos Park lined up in a tough Heat 5 were he had to settle for second place, but safely qualified for next week’s Second Round – the full draw can be seen here.
Another double and this time at Waterford where we had a strong hand in the Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Semi Finals. Newinn Lester followed up victory last week with another strong performance to land the honours in the opening Semi. Showing great back straight pace to take up the running, he crossed the line two and a half lengths in front in 28.22. The second Semi Final saw us have three runners going to traps and we pulled out the perfect result as all three grabbed the qualifying spots with Rural Vic taking gold here after a real buckle with Blue East with Slippy Cian only a neck back in third spot. We’ll have a strong hand in the Final with four runners but nothing is guaranteed in this sport, every dog is there on merit and are all looking to bring home the generous prize money on offer. The draw for the Final is as follows : 1. Rural Vic, 2. Blue East, 3. Farranrory Belle, 4. Skywalker Jorge, 5. Slippy Cian, 6. Newinn Lester.
The weekend was closed off with another double, this time at Clonmel. Lenson Robin secured his first victory under Len Ponder’s ownership as he landed the Suirside Restaurant A3 525 by three lengths in 28.98. Rathclough Chloe followed up last week’s victory as she produced a gutsy run to take honours in the April Open Unraced Stake Final. Leading early she came under pressure on the run in where she held on by a short head in 28.82.