Not for the primary time in 2021, it was the dash journey at Thurles Greyhound Stadium which offered the most well liked return on Saturday final as Billy Murphy & Frances Mullan’s Ascot Blake (Laughil Blake-Ascot Grace) made an excellent transition from 4 bend racing whereas touchdown the S2 330-yard contest, his first go on the shorter distance!
Extremely constant at 525 whereas advancing to a excessive of A2 degree with very good early tempo at that distance, the December 2018 whelp at all times appeared more likely to recognize a enterprise into the dash sphere.
Ideally housed in entice 1 on Saturday, Ascot Blake once more discovered a wise break and instantly started to determine a lead with swift early sprint. Stretching to a robust two-length benefit over Smokey Leah earlier than tackling the opening bend, the latter briefly threatened when halving her deficit to the crown of the turns however powering to the house straight, Ascot Blake once more skipped clear.
Finishing a beautiful dash debut with two lengths to spare over a gallant Smokey Leah, the quickest winner of the night time posted a slick 17.85 (-10).
The sooner S4 330 contest additionally noticed the winner produce a profession greatest and a three-time runner-up from his ten earlier begins, Ann Taylor & Ann Marie Morrissey’s Exterior The Ring (Coolavanny Bingo-Ahern For Mary) was not profitable out of flip when lastly getting his head in entrance, and he did it in dominant type!
A giant unit as a coursing convert, the January 2018 whelp was a size off the tempo within the early exchanges following a average begin from entice 2. Displaying a strong flip of tempo as soon as in full flight nevertheless, he wasted little time in settling the race when streaking clear to the opening bend.
Tracked across the turns by Knockroe Mike, the Taylor cost would solely lengthen additional as Exterior The Ring registered a facile seven size verdict whereas posting a quick 17.97 (-10) as Sim Of Kyle completed quick for second.
Borna again in profitable Rhythm
Having had his hattrick bid scuppered final day out, Ruairi Dwan’s Borna Rhythm (Cloran Paddy-Borna Gem) regained the profitable thread on Saturday when quickest over 4 bends whereas claiming a heat A1 525.
Breaking simply off the tempo from entice 5, the January 2019 whelp repelled Reckless Lee to his outer earlier than bearing down on Killenaulerocket approaching the primary bend. Putting the entrance whereas turning, the Dwan teenager stretched impressively clear whereas once more displaying highly effective backstraight tempo and had the race in secure holding earlier than tackling the closing turns.
By no means significantly threatened thereafter, his lead was lowered late on by a quick ending Free From Need however Borna Rhythm was full worth for a two and a half size victory in a quick 29.18 (-40).
With only a sole victory alongside her six runner-up placings, James Heffernan’s Flashy Fifi (Pat C Sabbath-Cabra Fifi) deserved a higher reward for her consistency forward of Saturday’s A3 570 occasion and going some approach to redressing the steadiness in her seventeenth profession begin, the Might 2018 whelp doubled her win tally in a dominant show.
Again to her greatest breaking type from entice 3, the Heffernan stalwart dictated within the early strides and crucially repelling a packing subject of rivals on the opening bend, totally asserted on the run to the backstraight.
Bumping in behind noticed her with a commanding benefit over Chestnut Chief at midway and sustaining a robust gallop thereafter, Flashy Fifi posted 31.84 (-40) in a five-length verdict earlier than Bogger Megan claimed second shut residence.
Gunboat is Premier prospect
Subsequent greatest on the night time was a vastly spectacular debut from Sean Kenny’s Gunboat Premier (Droopys Jet-Dynamic Development) when asserting himself as a pup to observe within the ON2 525.
Gradual to stride from entice 5, the April 2019 whelp reached the primary bend in fourth place and had handed only one rival earlier than reaching the backstraight with over 4 lengths to get better on pacesetter Nation Woman. Impressing on the run to the closing bends nevertheless, the Kenny prospect struck the entrance in eye-catching trend whereas claiming the rails and rapidly settled the race.
Bounding clear to the house straight, Gunboat Premier registered a 4 and a half-length verdict over the running-on Slanestown Nidge in an excellent debut time of 29.31 (-40).
The Saturday motion had commenced within the earlier novice contest the place Sally Mounsey’s coursing bred Patterdale Birdy (Silent Whisper-Patterdale Vera) made a profitable observe debut in sport trend.
It was Buggies Magnificence who set the early tempo from the within when drifting throughout the sphere by means of the preliminary exchanges however contesting a good battle for second in behind that pacesetter, the Mounsey April 2019 whelp edged to the entrance approaching the flip.
Drifting huge into the house straight, Patterdale Birdy would discover Demon Ziggy ranging alongside however displaying courageous battling qualities shut residence, the winner posted 18.36 (-10) in a half-length debut rating.
In effective type of late, Saturday’s A3 525 noticed Tom White’s Bob The Lad (Droopys Jet-Liosgarbh Elsa) declare a second win from his final three begins because the October 2018 whelp nearly led all through.
Defending the rails from a super entice 1 berth, the Nenagh raider skipped clear to a two-length backstraight lead when asserting across the opening bends. Pursued by Nowurmovin, it was Rahyvira Quinn who would emerge as the most important menace when advancing to second at midway however repelling that rival’s late bid, Bob The Lad was full worth for his one size verdict in 29.53 (-40).
Having gone so shut in the identical grade final time, David Walsh’s Espresso Dock (Droopys Jet-Singing Hen) claimed her third profession success within the earlier A4 525 with early tempo key whereas recovering from a average break in entice 1.
Powering alongside the rail, the August 2018 whelp hit the entrance whereas turning on the within of Foxrock Genius. Persevering with to repel that rival to the closing bends, it was the power-packed end of 4 For Johnny which might safe second when closing quick within the residence straight however in fact, Espresso Dock was by no means significantly threatened in a one size verdict whereas posting 29.69 (-40).
The rails pitch additionally proved useful within the A5 525 as Theresa Quinlan’s Bull Run Ria (Good Information-Bull Run Kite) sneaked previous rivals on the within following a poor begin however reaching the backstraight in third, the September 2018 whelp had a lot to do earlier than securing a second race victory.
Setting sights on pacesetter Flashy Duke from over 5 lengths adrift, the Quinlan cost closed quickly on the run to the closing bends earlier than placing the entrance within the residence straight for a most sport one and a half size verdict in 29.70 (-40).
Claiming the concluding A4 525, Hollyhill Sonny (Kinloch Brae-Increase Time) secured a 3rd win from simply six profession begins when getting the higher of a protracted tussle with Cabra Tyson to attain by a size in 29.72 (-40) for coach Pairic Campion, whereas the early A5 525 introduced a second race win for Tina Morrissey’s Clough Flicka (Kinloch Brae-Geelo Lu Lu) because the sturdy runner hit the entrance shut residence for a sport one size verdict over Sadie The Goat in 29.92 (-40).
The remaining A6 525 delivered a most sport first profession win on the sixth time of asking for Billy Nevin’s Attempt Once more Diva (Candlelight King-Cnoc Rosie) because the February 2019 teenager battled bravely by means of bumping for a backstraight lead earlier than heading off Millbank Pixie by a size in 30.48 (-40).
Ascot Blake will likely be obliged to deal with high grade firm within the sprinting sphere following his sensible two-bend debut within the S2 330-yard contest.
Flashy Fifi completely deserved her second profession win when claiming the A3 570 and extra constant than her win-rate suggests, will stay a giant participant in the identical grade going ahead.
Most Spectacular Debut
Gunboat Premier very a lot caught the attention in his sturdy operating debut win and seems extremely more likely to rapidly progress from an already spectacular 29.31 (-40) efficiency.
One To Watch
Dan Clancy’s 4 For Johnny (Droopys Jet-Killduff Kerry) is not any secret with seven wins to her title however A4 is unlikely to include the January 2017 whelp for very lengthy on the proof of her sturdy staying effort behind Espresso Dock on Saturday.