This Saturday night at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium promises to be a big night of IT racing, with more than €3,000 being offered to the winners of three races, with €1,300 to the winner of the A1 570 sweepstakes and 525 yards. Contains more A3 class. With a winner’s purse of €475 for the A5 class on standard travel.
That scene was set last Saturday night with some excellent semifinal action at the Oakview venue after the Mega Carey GAA affair 24 hours earlier, and the racing side of things got a lot more serious as the way was cleared for two sweepstakes finals, A5 final, and two semifinals of the sweepstakes worth €750 for the winner.
Priority has to go to the A1 570 sweepstakes because winning the semifinals in it was humiliating. The track record for 570yds as of March this year (Teenage Classic night, actually) was 30.62, jointly held by Toms Brett and Rapari Molly, and the Liam Dowling-trained syndicate dog, Ballymac Bailey, took it by three places. made better. Second semi-final, at 30.59.
Yes, running was .20 faster, but 30.59 would have stood as a new record because the Bobsleigh Dream didn’t fly at 30.40 in the teen classic night. In that time of 30.59, Ballymac Bailey beat the Patrick O’Connor-trained Church St. Robbie by seven lengths and, as usual, you’d have to say she’d be a good thing to win the finals this Saturday.
Although another stellar time of 30.64 was recorded by Ray Fleming’s pickitupwink in the first semi-final, the winning distance here was also seven lengths (on Jeepers Jimmy), and you won’t want to miss Saturday’s clash between them.
The draw (trap order) is: PickitUpwink, Millridge Willow, Ballymac Bailey, Church St. Robbie, Jeepers Jimmy, Seomara JohnJacob (M).
The other sweepstakes is for the A3 class over 525 yards with the winner’s purse of €1,300 and honors the memory of that great dog man, Steve Kennedy. You wouldn’t expect A3 Greyhounds to have clocking times like 28.39 and 28.58, but Michael McAlstrim’s Cape Legend and Chris Hollihan’s Cashen Miska produced twice in their respective semi-final wins.
Cashen Miska actually took 28.27 in the quarterfinal stage and had to show massive patience to pull past Michael Cahill’s samba belly in the first semifinal last Saturday. Her clash with the Cape Legend of Michael McAlstrim, so impressive at 28.39 clock, beating another really good, Cascade Phantom in the second semi-final, makes this Saturday another real firecracker.
The draw (trap order) for this final is: Skinny Whip, Blenmore Bucko, Cascade Phantom, Samba Belly, Cape Legend (wk), Cashen Miska (wk).
Meanwhile, the sweepstakes is for the A5 class on the standard trip to the winner’s purse of €475 (just two runs, let it be added) and the semi-final winners were Lauragh Sid (29.09) and Millridge Lillee (29.04). It was unfortunate to see Sliplong Conor get injured around the opening bid in the first semi-final, but both winners did business well and there is little preference for Millridge Lillee in Saturday’s final. Draw for (trap order): Boseman Ninety, Gentle Houdini, Lauragh Sid (M), Milridge Lillee (M), Lisicke Marie (W), Enfield Budd (W).
The first round winners in the €750-to-the-winner sweepstakes (for the A6 class over 525yds) were Glocerroni (29.30), Satellite Black (29.14) and Lissycasey Mini (29.19) and the draw for Saturday’s semi-finals ( trap Order): 1st Semi-Final: Milrod Dash, Lohr Mabe, Steady Monarch, Breakers Hope, Bouncy Bonza, Lisicksee Mini (wk). Second Semi-Final: Second Semi-Final: Coors Lightning, Glosseroni, Knocknaboul Spot, Claunamon Cobra, Satellite Black, Wait & C (W).
There was just one other winner last Saturday night and that was the Brian Nolan-trained Willowdale Ghost, who won the 325yds race for the A2 class by short head from Lohr Lee in 17.70 (.10 faster).