AN excellent line up of tops class greyhounds provided patrons with one of the best nights racing seen at Curraheen Park with some time where the Owen McKenna trained Pestana (Ballymac Best-Coolavanny Pearl) topped the bill when taking the tenth, an A0, in a near record run of 27.90.
Owned by Des Grace, Tralee he had to be at his best to take the opening bend by a bare length from Runninta Seeya where he forced the latter to check wide. Setting new figures to the third bend of an unbelievable 15.85 he held a three length advantage over Runninta a lead he extended to five at the line in a time just five spots outside of Curious Boy’s track record of 27.85.
Next fastest on the clock was Ballyhimakinbolt who took the last in 28.30. Handled by John Kennedy for Niall & Billy Dunne, Ladysbridge he was outpaced by Fleetwood Con as they rounded the opening two bends the latter going a length and a half clear down the back straight. But the winner stuck gamely to the task to regain the lead on the home straight going on to have two lengths in hand at the line.
Racing got underway with a great line-up of unraced puppies with victory going to the very impressive Churchtown Bucks trained by Denis Fitzgerald for Mick Crotty, Cloyne in a smashing 28.44. Showing all the early pace from his inside draw he held a five length advantage at halfway. Coolavanny Missi moved into second place between the final two bends and although reducing the lead she was still a length and a half adrift at the line.
Another unraced to impress was the Liam Dowling owned & trained Ballymac Maxwell who took an open sprint in a top class 17.51. The giant sized son of Ballymac Best who ran up a coursing Derby Trial Stake was a length adrift of the fast starting Sure Look Listen between the opening two bends but staying wide he reeled in the leader in the shadow of the post to score by a neck.
Golden trainer Graham Holland sent out a fine double on the night the first leg coming courtesy of the Pio Barry, Cashel owned Ballydoyle Buzz who took the seventh, an A1, in 28.56. In front around the opening two bends he came home with three and a half lengths to spare over Ballymac Bliss.
Riverside Leo owned by Larry O Rourke made it a quick double when taking the eight, an AA0, in 28.46. His brilliant early pace took him six clear along the back straight but he tied up badly in the closing stages just holding on at the line by a short head from the fast finishing Pacemaker Ted with Scooby Princess just another half a length away in third.
Tracton Tornado trained by Kieran Lynch for The Tracton Flyer Syndicate, Nohoval improved on his already impressive career record when taking the ninth, an A3, in 28.41. Slipping through on the rail to lead into the back straight he then went on to score by a length from the strong running Free From Desire.