Action from Dundalk Stadium
While controversy surrounds the state of the horse track at Dundalk Stadium, there can be no questioning the condition of its greyhound counterpart. It is absolutely on top, as evidenced from some of the times recorded recently.
On the Saturday before last, one from John Downey’s Tullyallen kennel, Forest Kodiac, went to within a length of Burnt Beans’ 525 track record, registering 28.25. Then on Friday night, some eye-catching times for the 400 were recorded, these by greyhounds having only their first race.
The April Novice Open Unraced Stake captured a full entry of 48, and the scene was set early on, Drumcrow Charles coming in with a 21.28 in his comprehensive defeat of his rivals.
This clock was equalled in the very next race, Droopys Milo - a member of a litter which has been catching the eye - winning by four lengths from Arthur Boyle and Seamus Casey’s Groveshill Echo.
Another Co. Tyrone winner, Milo’s win didn’t come as a surprise to punters - his starting price was 2/5. And it was also odds-on the third heat-winner, News Knight, whose 21.29 equalled his return from his most recent public trial.
Quite obviously these three winners came to the track with a reputation, and it will be interesting to see how their careers, and, indeed, the careers of all others in the stake, progress when they vacate novice company.
Mystic Viking, second behind News Knight, is owned by Knockbridge’s Caoimhe Hoey, who had only to wait 15 minutes or so before finding her way into the winners’ enclosure. Her time of 21.81 might not have matched the previous winners’, but Mystic Mo Cara looked every bit as impressive.
So, too, did Dryland Solo, successful in Heat 7 for Rockmarshal’s Declan Byrne. An evens fav, this third win of the session for Tullymurry Act, was quick to put himself in charge, and in finishing six lengths clear of his nearest rival in 21.62, had the biggest winning margin on the night.
Second round heats of this €1,100 Stake takes place this Friday night.
The final of the Lenny McKinley Coursing Bred stake didn’t go according to plan. Nomoretogive was the confident 4/5 choice to prevail having turned in a superfast semi-final run. But coursers are not as predictable on the track as they are on the field.
Holding every chance after making it to the corner in front, the Co. Dublin-based runner conceded the lead to Cash To Burn on her outside, and hard as she tried, she couldn’t make up the deficit in the home straight, going down by a length to the 91-pound 3/1 winner who she had eclipsed the previous week.
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