Greyhounds action. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Her name, Nomoretogive (which is four names crammed into one, no more to give), suggests she has run her race, but don’t believe that. The Liam O’Rourke runner goes into Friday night’s final of the Lenny Henry Coursing Bred Open at Dundalk Stadium with a huge advantage on the clock, and it will be a surprise if she doesn’t net connections the €1,100 prize.
The daughter of Mafi Magic and Beautiful Christy met with trouble in the opening round and was lucky to qualify, finishing fourth. Given a clear run in the first of the semi-finals the powerfully-built black showed what she was made of.
Not first to show, but still well enough away, Nomoretogive demonstrated all the early pace to take a nice lead into the bend and was never likely to lose it in the home straight. She won with a lot in hand and her clock for the 350 – 18.80 – was the fastest for a while, 31 spots off Kildallon Ranger’s seven-year track record.
There was also an all-the-way winner in the second qualifier, but in a much slower time. Armagh City runner, Clock Swanky came away fast from four and had it easy after that, winning by just under two lengths in 19.20.
The draw for the final is: 1. Coolree Kash (Eugene Glennon, Rhode, Co. Offaly), 2. Clock Swanky (Diarmuid O’Connor, Armagh City), 3. Nomoretogive (Debbie O’Rourke, Garristown, Co. Dublin), 4. Feede Lee (Seamus Murray, Duleek, Co. Meath), 5. Jamaica Jinger (Jason Atcheson, Lisburn, Co. Antrim), 6. Cash To Burn (Ray White, Lifford, Co. Donegal).
John Durrigan’s Ardee kennel continues in fine fettle. Dromrich Aldebar was having his first run at Dowdallshill on Friday night, having done all of his earlier racing at Shelbourne Park, where he won twice. No problem to the son of Jaydee Hellcat; he battled well to just get the better of Colm Farrelly’s Pats Rocket, clocking 28.83 for the standard distance on a fast track.
There are not as many active Newry kennels as before, but there are enough of them to have supplied three of Friday’s winners. Veteran, Peadar Woods, combined with his long-time sidekick, Hugh Markey, to score with recent purchase, the renamed Maytown Ned.
Running in a 400, the Fabrecas dog added to two Thurles wins with a smooth 21.63 success. Earlier on the card, Foxinthebox came from well behind to collar long-time leader, Wee Tee, registering 29.14 for the 525.
Lyras Product went into her race on a 525 hat-trick mission, and she completed it in splendid fashion, winning by six lengths from another Colm Farrelly runner, Morning Dream, in 28.67.