Moonshine Billy sparkles on resumption of greyhound racing

Moonshine Billy sparkles on resumption of greyhound racing
Andy Kelleher, owner/ trainer and Saoirse Barret, both Donoughmore at Curraheen Park, Cork .Picture: Eddie O'Hare

RACING resumed at Curraheen Park on Friday behind closed doors and with those present adhering strictly to the guide lines set out proceeding went off without a hitch.

On the racing front Moonshine Billy trained by Pa Barrett for The Creeps Corner Syndicate, Kilfinane was the star of the show when he put up a determined display to take the last, an A2, in 28.99 the fastest time of the night. 

Using his inside draw to perfection he led around the opening bends by a bare length from Ashgrove Messi. Sticking gamely to the task thereafter he came home with a length and a half to spare over the staying on Get Old Blue who took second by a length from Conors Surprise.

The honour of winning the first race back went to Donal Kiely, Donoughmore when his Gratuity obliged in 29.72. Showing the way into the opening bend he then drew clear to score by six lengths from Finding Human.

Donal Leahy, groundsman disinfecting the traps at Curraheen Park, Cork.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Donal Leahy, groundsman disinfecting the traps at Curraheen Park, Cork.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Slaneyside Bambi was second fastest on the night when she took the seventh, an A3, for Derek Kehoe, Thurles in 29.07. Led to the third bend by the fast starting Innishvilla the prolific winning daughter of David Bale- Lady Long Heir forged to the front on the outside and then drew four and a half clear to the line from Standard Saha.

Iveshead Tim trained by Pat Kiely for The Sunday Night Boys Syndicate, Leicestershire made a pleasing return when he ran out the easiest winner of the night taking the fifth, an S4, in 17.98. The wide seed made the opening bend in front and with trouble in behind he then drew right away to have nine and a half lengths in hand at the line over Sporty Gear.

The stout staying Sunoak Ceres handled by Peter Dowdswell for The Sunoak Syndicate, Mitchelstown chalked up her fourth career win when taking the third, an A6, in 29.23. Taking over from the long-time leader Being Human, on the rail, at the third bend she came home four and a half lengths clear of the latter.

Kerrylane Blake owned by Sean Lilley, Buttevant recorded the same clock when scoring in the fourth, an A3, bringing his career record to two wins from four starts. Taking up the running at halfway the May 18 son of Laughill Blake-Lemon Soul crossed the line with two and a half lengths to spare over Barnagrane Croia.

Slaneyside Bambi wins Follow Us On Twitter 525 race at Curraheen Park, CorkPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Slaneyside Bambi wins Follow Us On Twitter 525 race at Curraheen Park, CorkPicture: Eddie O'Hare

The second race, an S7/8 went to Coppeen Scamp owned by Sean Hennessy in 18.30 with the sixth, an A4, going to the trap to line winner Lady Saxon owned by David Daly, Ballynoe in 29.45.

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