Long-time greyhound enthusiasts, local brothers Harry and Ned Lawrence, were on the mark at Dundalk Stadium on Saturday night, each of them sharing in a winner.
Harry teamed up with Haggardstown-based Pat Duffy to land a semi-final of the Joe & Rose Maguire 525, Whiteys Master making it into the winners’ enclosure at the seventh time of asking. That was just before Ned and his buddy, Colm Farrelly, saw their Dine Chick score an effortless win, also over the standard distance.
Whiteys Master looked destined for second place when he trailed Ballyfin Rumble by all of six lengths going down the back straight. But with Ballyfin proving herself a non stayer, the local runner got the decision right on the line, winning by a neck in 29.25.
That puts the lads’ dog into this Saturday night’s final with a decent chance. He’s drawn on the rails, with main danger, Ballyfin Rumble, running from six.
Though unfavourably housed on the wide outside, Dine Chick was able to carve out an early lead, and once clear made the best of her way home, winning by three lengths in 29.22.
The card also featured a win for Dryland Pearl, owned in partnership by Declan and John Byrne and trained by the former at his Rockmarshal kennel. This was, in fact, a third in-a-row for daughter of Makshift and Tyrur Naomi. She went from six, and in coming home a length clear of Gortkelly Amos continued to show further improvement on the clock .
Twenty-four hours after contesting a race at Shelbourne Park, taking a knock at the opening bend which ruined her chances, Rock Me Mama showed that fitness wasn’t an issue when she battled to the line to win on Friday night’s card.
The in-form Colm Farrelly’s tracker went from six and was always close up. She was one of three in a line nearing the finish, and did just enough to get home a neck in front of Quarterland Ella, with Black Economy a short-head back in third. Her time, 28.978, was a career-best.
Earlier in the evening Heavens To Betsy opened her account for Finbar Riordan and Dream Deal ran a fine race to score for Cooley Peninsula trainer, Peter Noone.
Heavens To Betsy was having only her second race having done well on her debut. She looked to be going for only a place between the last two bends, but when the pair in front swung wide, the daughter of Wise Thought was thrown a race-winning chance.
Short-headed on September 12, Dream Deal made a winning move early on in her 525, and defended the lead all the way to the line, winning by a comfortable three lengths from Falcon Meridus in 28.89.