LAST weekend's opening round of the English Greyhound Derby was another brilliant advertisement for Youghal track and greyhounds who can post decent times at the seaside venue.
It all started in the opening heat when the Pat Buckley-trained Deerjet Sydney, a 7-2 shot in the market, bounced out in front and made every yard of the running to win, in 29.83. Of course, he's no stranger to quick times having posted a number of high-class performances around Shelbourne Park.
He was bred by Eddie Lingane and schooled around Youghal track. A 17.50 run around the 325-yard Youghal trip suggested he was special and he certainly hasn't disappointed.
In the following race, his litter brother Smurfs Machine showed fine early dash to take the second heat for trainer Seamus Cahill, winning at odds of 6-1. A really smart performance to win, in 30.04.
He started his racing career around Youghal, winning in style on debut, for Wayne Murphy, he caught the eye that night, stopping the clock, in 29.32. It certainly enhances the already big reproduction on brood bitch Madgies Wish, who is in the care of Eddie Lingane.
A couple of races later, Gonzo, tipped by many for outright glory, delivered a strong 29.86 winning performance, for June Bateson. Gonzo was one of the most talked-about Youghal winners in recent times when he stopped the clock, in 28.88, back in January.
In the ownership of Rian Crotty that night, he later joined the Pat Buckley kennel. He has since changed hands but going on that performance, he has the pace to go a long way in the event. Another cracking advertisement for Youghal form.
Last but not least is Wolfe, who is owned by Pat Moloney, in Garryvoe. A star tracker, he had plenty of spins around Youghal before joining the Graham Holland kennel. He showed once again last weekend that he is a major player for outright glory.
Overall, it was a great weekend of racing action, especially for team Ireland and they hold massive claims of winning the English Derby again this year. It's pretty obvious why the demand for Youghal form is always so popular.
Level 3 restrictions now apply to all racing activities:
Racing will be conducted behind closed doors with no general admissions being permitted. A strict ‘one person, one dog’ policy will apply.
Trial sessions will continue subject to strict management of numbers attending.
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Entries Required for the Selachii Legal Munster Juvenile Puppy Cup. Owners and trainers should note that entries are currently being taken for the €11,315 Selachii Legal Munster Juvenile Puppy Cup at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium.
At present, entries are slow in coming to hand and owners and trainers are encouraged to contact the Clonmel racing office as soon as possible. It should be noted that the closing date for entries is Monday, October 12 at 10am. (Confined to greyhound whelped in or after September 18). First-round heats are Friday, October 16.
Upcoming events at Curraheen Park are as follows: The Jerry Hennerty Memorial Unraced Stake: 12 entries @ €20 each. Winner €1,000. Heats Saturday, October 17. Entries close Tuesday, October 13.
A4 550-yard stake, 12 entries, winner €1,000. Heats Saturday, October 17. Entries close Tuesday, October 13.
Updated prices for the 2020 Irish Greyhound Laurels are as follows, BoyleSports make Brodys Magic and Grangeview Ten the 7-2 joint-favourites. Then it's 6-1 Ballymac Anton, 10-1 Runninta Seeya, 10-1 Outnumbered and Sweep The Yard. 12-1 both Fainne Chiarrai and Newinn Lester. 16-1 bar.