Frances O’Donnell double a highlight at Clonmel

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Greyhound Racing

Clonmel Track –

Sunday, October 21

Trainer Frances O’Donnell dominated the opening round of the Catunda Harry at Stud Munster Puppy Cup with a smashing double. Her charges in the event, Ardfert Thunder and the unraced Skywalker Legend trialled at the track on October 11 and Ardfert Thunder accounted for his kennel mate by five lengths in a hot 28.62. Skywalker Legend was first into action and took the second heat in very pleasing style in a time of 28.83 and Ardfert Thunder followed up by clocking a fastest of the session 28.65 in the fourth and final heat. The other heats were won by Express Nation in 28.90 and by Hipower Bucko in 29.16. A top class supporting programme saw Stonepark Crash take the Gain Feeds Select Stake in 28.82 whilst Glengall Girl posted an outstanding career best 28.74 in the third event of the evening.

Race 1 (A2) – Coolbeggan Roxy flew from traps but Fifis Whitesox (5/2 )took control off the opening turns and stretched clear for a comfortable four length win over the strong finisher Vics Romance and Honchos Key.

Race 2 (S3/S4) – Coolbeggan Jewel a 3/1 chance made all the running and stopped the clock in an open class 16.30. She won unchallenged by four lengths from Dan The Man with River Gem a length back in third place.

Race 3 (A1) – Glengall Girl recorded a fourth career win and by far her best ever run when leading all the way in the red jacket to account for Arabian Gary by three lengths with Marlfield Rosie half a length away in third spot.

Race 4 (AO/A1 550) – Dreamers Fantasy set out to make all but the Niall Dunne/ Daniel P. Greene combination gained another success as their Shelbourne Ollie, a 5/2 chance, took over at the penultimate bend and held the strong challenges of Lomus Divine and Pull The Pub by half a length and a short head in a gripping finish.

Races 5 & 6 – Heats 1 & 2 of the Catunda Harry at Stud Munster Puppy Cup Round One.

In the first heat Hipower Bucko came with useful credentials and the son of Duke Special and Hipower Bernie, which was friendless in the market at 6/1, led off the opening bends before staying on gamely to account for Fahy Legend and Laughil George by a length and a short head.

The debut of Skywalker Legend a son of Ace Hi Rumble and Dalcash Diva in the second leg was awaited with keen anticipation and he did not let his supporters down though easy to back as one of the three 5/2 co-favourites. He raced in midfield and got a good run on the rails off the early bends before going clear on the back straight. Glenpadden Isle put in a big finish on the outside but was a length and a half in arrears of the O’Donnell/Patterson runner at the line with Lyreen Legend filling the other qualifying spot. Skywalker Legend stopped the clock in a very respectable 28.83 on this first outing and should certainly improve for the run whilst Glenpadden Isle ran a stormer for his Cashel connections.

Race 7 – The Gain Feeds Select Stakes Trial Stake.

Only two counted with Stonepark Crash and Coolard Chief having it between them from trap to line. The latter showed in front to the opening turn where Stonepark Crash took up the running on the rails and after a good battle Stonepark Crash finished the stronger to score by a length and it was all of eight and a half lengths back to the third home Farranrory Zak.

Races 8 & 9 – Heat 3 & 4 of the Catunda Harry at Stud Munster Puppy Cup Round One.

Graham Holland fresh from his tremendous success in the Laurels on the previous evening sent out the even money favourite Express Nation to land the spoils in heat three. This son of Hondo Black and Express Mist owned by Michael Dalton posted his fifth career win but was all out to contain the big challenge of Pup Fiction on the run to the line.

The final heat produced the performance of the session with the odds-on Ardfert Thunder putting up a splendid show with a trap to line success in a brilliant 28.65. The son of Droopys Vieri and Soviet Cheyenne is owned in Ardfert by Noel and Adrian Clifford and was completing a smashing double for Frances O’Donnell.

Clonmel Track –

Thursday, October 18

The semi-finals of the featured Mary O’Reilly and Track Supporters Club A4 Tri/Distance Stake, which were run over 550 yards produced entertaining contests. The first heat saw the joint favourite Pauls Robinho account for Pressure Galore by a length in 30.62 and the other legs produced impressive wins for the even money favourites Think it Over and Springmount Enda. Think it Over surged clear off the opening bends to record a five length win over Myles is Back in 30.26 whilst Springmount Enda made all the running to account for Queen of Diamonds by two and a half lengths in 30.30. Think it Over and Springmount Enda look the big two in next Sunday’s final and little should separate them in what should prove a cracking final which will be run over the 575 yard trip.

Race 1 (A8/A9) – This opening contest proved a moderate affair as the winning time of 30.51 testifies. Bedigo Girl showed in front at the opening bend but she gave way to Dodgy Dealings on the back straight before getting back into contention approaching the final turn where Pine Lane had joined issue. Dodgy Dealings still held sway but was all out to hold the challenges of the 5/4 favourite Marlfield Emily, which was finishing the strongest following back straight trouble and Pine Lane with the trio separated by just half a length and the same. The winner is a son of Head Bound and Rushmoor Fairy owned and trained in Mitchelstown by William Barrett.

Race 2 (S5 or Lower) – The favourite Stag Park Wood stumbled leaving traps and never got into it as Saffron Victory made the running only to be headed on the line by the 3/1 chance Chloes Friend which took the spoils by the narrowest of margins. Eye for Bunny finished a length back in third place. Chloes Friend (Droopys Maldinii-Montos Tricks) which clocked 16.85 in recording her first career success is owned and trained in Carrick-on-Suir by Catherine Tobin.

Race 3 (A7) – The favourite Royal Crash a daughter of Crash and Ready Mix owned and trained in Cashel by Seamus Goold duly obliged but not before giving her supporters some anxious moments. Stylish Phoebe led to the final bend where the market leader challenged and led but the new leader was in turn under pressure from the fast finishing Wee Nikita whose strong late effort only failed by half a length.

Race 4 (N1/N3) – Minella Scamp came in as a reserve and started favourite at 5/4. He ran well but having been always prominent had to give best to Bellagors Bosco which made all the running and stayed on well to defeat the market leader by two lengths with Phanters Express just a neck back in third spot.

Race 5 (A6) – Jogon Bonnie a 5/2 chance led at the first bend and made the remainder of the running to account for Caoimhes Pet and Burtonport Pearl by three lengths and a length in 29.69.

Races 6 to 8 – The Semi-Finals of The Mary O’Reilly and Track Supporters Club A4 Tri/Distance Stake. 550 Yards.

Heat 1 - After the gallant veteran Moreton Mercury, having his 107th race, had led to the penultimate bend Pauls Robinho and Pressure Galore gained control and after a good battle Pauls Robinho took the spoils by a length from his rival in 30.62.

Heat 2 – Think it Over a son of Crash and Beechers Girl enjoys a fine strike rate and this even money favourite brought his winning tally to ten by leading off the opening turns and surging clear to defeat Myles is Back by five lengths in a very useful 30.26.

Heat 3 – Another even money favourite Springmount Enda trained by Jim Scully for Mooncoin owners Eddie Quilty and Tom Quinn sent the punters home happy with a clear cut success over the running on Queen of Diamonds and Dead Real.