Dundalk Stadium’s Friday night eight-race card, shorn of seven of its intended runners, provided confirmation of the current well being of three local kennels.
Licence-holders, Peter Noone and Laurence Jones, have been racking up the winners of late, while Colm Farrelly has been consistent the whole year round. Each of them had a winner, Noone claiming his with a new recruit, Raheny Rocket, who had gone his previous 29 races without a win.
The Dublin-owned dog won a four-runner 525, taking over from Seabank Kate nearing the third bend and going on from there to win by almost five lengths in 29.18.
The Laurence Jones scorer, Jabber Jay, put his race to bed at a very early stage.
The Brett Lee dog went off fast from one, chased by Stephen Thornton’s Bit Of Action. Three lengths divided them in the back, and when Bit Of Action – a runner at Shelbourne Park the night before – dropped off the pace, it was left to the 116-race five-year-old, the Castleblayney-based Eoins Billy, to challenge the leader in the home straight.
There was no change in the order, Jabber Jay, an even-money chance, making it home with a length-and-a-half to spare in 28.91.
One of the few of his runners not to carry the home-bred tag, Pats Rumble was the easiest of winners for Colm Farrelly.
The son of Blackstone Gene and Bower Kate broke well, ran slightly off the bend but still came home a five-length winner from Cherrypark Gem, who was attempting to give Laurence Jones a double.
Having recorded a career-best 21.55, Pats Rumble is now five from 12, and also boasts six place efforts.
Laurence Jones and Colm Farrelly added to their tally the following night, the former sending out Mo Green, which he owns in partnership with his brother, Brian, to win the night’s top race, the final of the Gatillos Kennels/Droopys Rapid 525.
In leading all the way, Mo Green made it three from three and is obviously a dog with a future.
Rock Me Mama provided Farrelly with the first of two winners, the Blackstone Gene bitch leading throughout for a six-length success from Ballyer Rascal in a heat of the Eamon McCrave Memorial 525.
His other winner, Looks Fishy, was also successful in the competition which commemorates a local man, who prior to his untimely death was a great supporter of greyhound racing and coursing.
On the same card, Comic Cuts made a hugely impressive debut for Blackrock’s Colm Lawrence. The youngster took an early lead in a sprint, and at the line was almost six lengths clear of his nearest rival, clocking 21.93.