RUNNINTA SEEYA (Droopys Sydney-Droopys Harbour) trained in Blarney by John Linehan for The Runninta Seeya Syndicate, Ardee landed the 2020 running of The Irish Greyhound Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.
In doing so he had to survive a three way photo finish in what was one of the most thrilling finishes seen at the venue in the 30,000 euro to the winner decider.
Smartly away from his trap two draw he held a length and a half advantage on the run down which allowed him take his usual middle course unhindered around the opening two bends. a length clear of Blastoff Fire.
Stretching two clear down the back straight he again moved middle around the bottom bends allowing the challenging Brodys Magic, who after a slow start showed fine pace to get into such a good position, up his inside between the bottom two bends with Blastoff Fire just a length further back in third.
Brodys edged ahead as they hit the home straight but the winner sticking gamely to the task fought back to join issue and with Blastoff coming with a strong run between runners it was anybody’s race as the trio hit the line locked together.
The photo finish showed that Runninta Seeya on the outside had prevailed by a short head over Blastoff with Brodys just a neck further away in third in a time of 28.38.
The night had got off to a great start for Linehan as he was also successful with The Blarney Syndicate owned Droopys Magic who took the final of an A4 550 stake by four and a half lengths from Super Hi Mack in 30.14.
In the final of The Jerry Hennerty Memorial ON2 Unraced Stake Oh Hokey Pokey trained by Pat Norris for Paudie Taylor, Mallow wore down the front running Coolavanny Swift getting up on the line for a neck victory in 28.71.
Malton Manor owned by David Harrington, Carrigaline made it three on the trot when he took the final of an A3 525 trap to line fashion but he was all out in the run to the line to hold the challenge of Witches France by a half a length in 28.71.
Fainne Chiarrai trained by Karol Ramsbottom, eliminated from the Laurels at the quarter final stage, bounced back with a fine front running display in an open 525 the Gavin Johns owned runner coming home with five and a half lengths to spare over Tracton Tornado in 28.40.
Brogan Highway owned by John & Marguerite O Donoghue, Bandon came from off the pace to take a mini open by six lengths from Cashen Gobi in 28.40.
The evergreen Skywalker Logan put up a tremendous front running performance in an open 575 stopping the clock in 31.10.