Clonmel Greyhound Stadium
Sunday March 31
A great holiday atmosphere prevailed amongst the large attendance which enjoyed a top class programme that featured the final of the 2,000 to the winner Glenanore Kennels A3 Stake Final sponsored by trainer Tom O’Neill. The big event was won in exciting fashion by the 3/1 chance Bacon Hand which proved a length and a half too good for the odds-on favourite Boherna Rock. Bacon Hand whose winning clock was 29.06 is owned and trained in Kilmallock by Breda Barrett.
On an action packed night which provided many highlights the William Finn trained Maddies Dream posted the fastest run when taking an A3 Puppy event in a brilliant 28.72. Frances O’Donnell chalked up a fine double with Daring Hawk and Skywalker Jet and also had two seconds on the night. Graham Holland chipped in with his customary winner whilst the previous evening’s Limerick hero Owen McKenna who scooped the huge 80,000 purse with Roxholme Bully sent out that one’s sister Suzie Cute to take the sprint in 16.37. Other top trainers to visit the winners’ enclosure included Peter Cronin and John A. Linehan.
Race 1 (A4) – Glendara Rory went to traps the even money favourite but it was his market rival Daring Hawk together with Circus Whip which led to the opening turn. Daring Hawk (Westmead Hawk-Daring Luck) gained the advantage on the rails and was closely followed down the back straight by Circus Boy with Global Certify back in third spot. The leader asserted off the final bend and left his rival three and a half lengths behind at the line with the favourite nearest at the finish a length away in third. The winner a 2/1 chance is trained by Frances O’Donnell for Portlaw owner Catriona Maguire and his winning clock was 29.53.
Race 2 (S2/S3) – Suzie Cute a litter sister of Rockholme Bully the hero of the big event in Limerick on the previous evening went off the even money favourite to take this for the same connections and the daughter of Shaneboy Lee and Rockholme Sue made no mistake as she picked up the leader Woodstone Pride at the first bend and ran on strongly to account for that rival by two and a half lengths in a smart 16.37. Suzie Cute trained by Owen McKenna for Hayley Keightley and P. J. Cardosi was breaking her maiden at the seventh attempt.
Race 3 (A3 Puppy) – The 7/4 favourite Lough Maller and Stanleys Dream were first to show with the former soon gaining a clear advantage. Scotts Paddy challenged for the second spot at the penultimate bend but was forced to check leaving Stanleys Dream to follow Lough Maller home with Hayleys Wish grabbing third place. The distances were eight lengths and a length and a half. Lough Maller a son of Droopys Vieri and Lough Carra owned and trained in Waterford by Jack Molloy stopped the clock in a very useful 29.00.
Race 4 (A2 Puppy) – Billis Adare and Lavally Legend shared favouritism at 2/1 but Castlelyons Sevi broke in front and enjoyed a good lead from Billis Adare and Neon Burning on the back straight. Billis Adare challenged between the final bends and finished best to take the spoils by a length from her rival with Neon Burning four and a half lengths back in third place. The winner is a daughter of Hondo Black and Rising Smoke jointly owned by Robert O’Hara and William Slattery and she clocked 29.22 to gain her fourth career success.
Race 5 (A3Puppy) - Maddies Dream was popular at 6/4 and this winner of three races showed fine back straight pace to challenge the leader Fifth Gear and surge clear to win most impressively by eight and a half lengths from that rival. Robbies Image claimed the third spot half a length back. The winner posted a brilliant 28.72 the fastest clock of the night. The daughter of College Causeway and Chin Gach Good is trained by William Finn for Portlaw owners Tina Finn and Barry Collins.
Race 6 (A2) – Ballyhill Jaguar which got off the mark for Graham Holland a week earlier was easy to back at 5/2 as he attempted to follow up and the son of Westmead Hawk and Baby Hazel did the business in very pleasing fashion. Catherines Rock broke very fast and Ballyhill Jaguar was only fourth as they raced down the back straight. He challenged at the third bend, however, and in the matter of a few strides had cleared his rivals to storm clear and score by three and a half lengths in a smashing 28.86. The minor placings were filled by a strong finishing Skywalker Apollo and Airforce Fear.
Ballyhill Jaguar is owned in Surrey by Ian McGinnis and Daren Johnson.
Race 7 - The Sporting Press A1 Puppy 525.
Ronaldo Supreme proved a disappointing odds-on favourite finishing a well-beaten nearest at the finish third. You Little Tale was quickly away in the striped jacket and was pursued on the back straight by the 3/1 chance Skywalker Jet bidding to complete a Frances O’Donnell double. The pair pulled clear of their rivals and between the final bends Skywalker Jet asserted to go clear and claim the spoils by two lengths from a gallant rival. The favourite finished four lengths back in third. Skywalker Jet (Skywalker Ace-Dalcash Dvinsky) owned by Ray Patterson clocked a fine 28.96 to break his maiden at the fourth attempt.
Race 8 (A1/A2 550) – Tambourine Man headed the betting at 6/4 and this son of Crash and Three Star Gem in the red jacket got a lovely run round the opening turn and bade his rivals goodbye as he cleared away to a five length win over the running on Stunning Harvey with early leader Princess Gael half a length back in third. Trained by Peter Cronin for Jimmy Ferncombe and Clive Taylor Tambourine Man clocked 30.27 to gain a sixth career success on his fifteenth run.
Race 9 –The Glenanore Kennels A3 525 Stake Final (Kindly sponsored by Tom O’Neill).
Boherna Rock was a warm order at 4/6 to take the smashing 2,000 euro first prize but the jolly had to give best a rapidly improving Bacon Hand which has improved in leaps and bounds in recent runs. Well supported at 3/1 Bacon Hand was fast away in the striped jacket and made the opening bend in front from the favourite with the pair pursued by Castle Cougar as they raced down the back. Bacon Hand continued to hold the edge on his rival between the final bends and he kept on in great style to score by a length and a half with Drive On Charm finishing strongly to take the third place three and a half lengths back. Bacon Hand (Droopys Kewell-Pass Her Over) clocked 29.06 just a spot off his best clock recorded in winning last week’s semi-final. He is owned and trained in Kilmallock by Breda Barrett.
Race 10 – The Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1 525.
Murphy Lad, a winner of five races and never out of the first three in his nine runs, was a joint favourite at 2/1 to improve on his already impressive strike rate and the son of Head Bound and Droopys Floss did just that with a half length defeat of Skywalker Star in an exciting climax to a great evening’s sport. The winner trained by John A. Linehan for Dublin Hill owner Kieran Ryan stopped the clock in 29.32.
Clonmel Greyhound Stadium
Thursday, 28th March
The 2/1 favourite Hot Exile gave the performance of his life in cruising to a very impressive trap to line success in the final of the 1,300 euro to the winner Ballycannon A4 Stake. The son of Burnpark Champ and Sarah Jayne, which is owned and trained in Cappoquin by Andrew Lynch stopped the clock in a career best 29.10.
Race 1 (A6) - Point Hondo headed the market at 7/4 with Coologue Smokey next best at 2/1 and they finished in the first two but not in the order anticipated. Marlfield Emily led from traps but failed to clear the bend and Point Hondo led on the back straight from Minor Friend. Coologue Smokey which had been in trouble early on showed a fine turn of foot to challenge between the final bends and in a good tussle to the line headed the favourite to take the spoils by half a length. Minor Friend stayed on for third three and a half lengths back and the winning time was 29.60. The winner is a son of Seventh Jet and Coologue Queen owned and trained in Mooncoin by David Byrne.
Race 2 (S5 or Lower) – The 5/2 chance Half A Sleep was soon in front from Rathmines and was left a long way clear when the latter struck the rail creating a chain reaction behind. Knocknaboha Anna took over second spot but Half a Sleep was home and hosed as she romped to a bloodless eight and a half length win in 16.64. The daughter of Wallace Green and Maughera Flair was breaking her maiden at the twelfth attempt.
She is owned and trained in Mitchelstown by Margaret Pigott.
Race 3 (A5 575) – Stunning Ginger got favourite backers on track by leading off the third bend and striding clear to defeat the early leader Lady Midnight by three and a half lengths. Granada Flash ran on well to take third place three lengths adrift of the runner-up. Stunning Ginger (Flying Penske-Stunning Wilma) which was having only his fourth outing and his first over the trip stopped the clock in 32.00. He is owned and trained in Ballyduff Upper by Fechin Mullen.
Race 4 (A5) – Liam O’Donnell completed a double for Mitchelstown enthusiasts when his Killee Town followed up on her recent A6 success. This daughter of Kinloch Brae and Grading Coole tracked Classic Roberto before talking control at the sprint box and running on strongly to account for that rival by two and a half lengths in 29.43. Third place was filled by O’Learys Mikey.
Race 5 (A4) – A joint 2/1 favourite Unique Castle a strapping son of Kinloch Brae and Marbeck Star got off the mark at the fifth attempt for his Rathmore owner/trainer Eileen Murphy. He broke well in the blue jacket and despite edging wide from traps was clear round the opening turns. With big trouble in behind the leader enjoyed an insurmountable advantage over Not an Ace and Dragon Clawz on the back straight and they went on to cross the line in that order. The margins were six and a half lengths and eleven lengths and the winning clock was 29.36.
Race 6 – The Sporting Press A4.
Another joint market leader at 2/1, Blackstone Aviva led at the opening bend and looked the likely winner for much of the trip but Slaneyside Yank threw down a big challenge in the home straight and finished with a flourish to win going away by a length with Shivering Sheeba noted staying on well for third spot just a neck behind the runner-up.
Trained by Derek Kehoe for Glengoole owner Sinead Brennan, Slaneyside Yank (Premier Fantasy-Slaneyside Sue) posted a career best 29.34 to gain his third winning bracket.
Race 7 –The Ballycannon A4 Stake Final.
(Kindly sponsored by Eoin Walshe, Kerry Pyke, Co. Cork).
Cappoquin owner/trainer Andrew Lynch took the tidy 1,300 euro prize with the 2/1 favourite Hot Exile. This son of Burnpark Champ and Sarah Jayne picked the right moment to give the performance his life and scorched from traps to build up a big early advantage over his rivals. A stout stayer he was never going to be caught and although Bellagors Bosco which was his nearest pursuer for much of the trip kept on gamely he was still some five and a half lengths shy of the very impressive winner at the line. Sleek Ace finished well for third spot half a length behind the runner-up. The winner clocked a smashing career best 29.10 and has won six of his fifteen races.
Race 8 – The Red Mills Slan Abhaile A2 525.
Greyfriars Holly was the warm even money favourite but although running on well she could never get to grips with the 3/1 chance Chamberlain Aine which broke in front and made every yard of the running to come home two and a half and half a length clear of the favourite and Chaotic Sultan. Owned and trained in Cahir by David O’Neill the winner, a daughter of Skywalker Ace and Perfectly Bred, clocked 29.34 and was gaining a third career win.