There’s another fun-day coming up at Dundalk Stadium on Sunday next, when action on the track will be matched by entertainment in the enclosures, most of it for the youngsters.
A number of finals are down for decision, and going strictly on semi-final running, none of them will be easily won. There are also Open races, making the bill of fare every bit as attractive as the one arranged for last month’s Sunday fun-day.
The doors open at 3pm, and it’s then when the face-painting and balloon-modelling and begins. The mobile farm and bouncing castles will also be up and running, and while punters will be betting in ‘ponies’ later on, the children will have the real thing to give them a jaunt.
The greyhounds go to traps for the first race at 4.30pm, and there’ll be 11 betting opportunities in all. Several competition semi-finals were run off last Saturday night, with the 550 distance very popular.
Mark Street Lass went fastest of the lot, returning 30.13 in the A2 event. Charles Ferguson’s Dungannon-based bitch was a speedy winner over the distance the previous week, and in maintaining her good form had charge of proceedings from an early stage. She should be noted for the final.
The locally-owned Leave It Out has an excellent chance in another of the finals. Chris Doyle’s dog won his semi-final in 30.21, and that puts him ahead in the time-test. Listed among his opposition is Tullna Amy, owned by Pat Duffy and Harry Lawrence.
Hather Ski was an expensive failure in his semi-final of the sprint competition, but the Donegal-owned dog can get back to winning ways in the final. He’s drawn in trap six, and that will be to his liking.
Hee Haws Ollmhor has a chance in the 600 final, while semi-final running points to a win for the Peter Noone-trained Townspark Echo in the dual-distance decider. This English-owned black was impressive when winning the first of the qualifiers.
Friday June 21
Race 1: Ashgrove Gem won in 21.57 on 1st attempt for Gerard O’Neill (Belfast); Race 2: Maytown Duke won in 21.45 on 3rd attempt for Peadar Woods & Ambrose Quinn (Newry); Race 3: Junket won in 19.24 on 8th attempt for Emer Duffy (Navan); Race 4: My First One won in 28.99 on 1st attempt for Miss Saoirse O’Rourke (Portrane); Race 5: Dealey Plaza won in 29.39 on 8th attempt for Eileen Mallaghan (Ardglass); Race 6: Gymstar Jaguar won in 18.64 for Black-Cat-Three-Syndicate and Rathangan trainer Robert G Gleeson; Race 7: Ballyhill John won in 29.21 for Patrick White and Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown; Race 8: Drumcrow Anna won in 29.21 for Roy Ruddy (Dungannon); Race 9: Bridgetown Noel won in 18.95 for Eddie O’Leary & Paudie Higgins and Clogherhead trainer Craig Kelly; Race 10: Courtlough Megan won in 29.02 for John Clinton and Balbriggan trainer Anthony Rooney; Race 11: Dudleys Dream won in 30.10 (550yds) for Dudley P Willmott and Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown.
Saturday June 22
Race 1: Hee Haws Ollmhor won in 33.21 for Ciaran Burke (Navan); Race 2: Last Belle won in 33.71 for owner/trainer David Ritchie (Portaferry); Race 3: Movilla Flyer won in 33.30 on 5th attempt for James Murray (Newtownards); Race 4: Townspark Echo won in 30.35 for Eric Hughes and Dundalk trainer Peter Noone; Race 5: Kathleens Holly won in 30.82 for Bobby Scullion (Craigavon); Race 6: Colarhouse Lucky won in 30.65 for Jason Whyte (Lifford); Race 7: Exit Milan won in 18.89 for Ben Hughes and Newry trainer Dennis Patterson; Race 8: Willow Dancer won in 18.79 for Harvey Lavelle and Newry trainer Paul Matthews; Race 9; Quarterland Puma won in 30.22 for Dennis Jamison (Newtownards); Race 10: Mark St Lass won in 30.13 for Charles Ferguson (Dungannon); Race 11: Leave It Out won in 30.21 for Christopher Doyle (Dundalk); Race 12: Congress Blakie won in 30.61 for Michael Cunningham (Drogheda).