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Locnamon Bridie wins the 2013 Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger Final 09:43 Approx. (550 Yds. Flat)

Locnamon Bridie wins the 2013 Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger Final 09:43 Approx. (550 Yds. Flat)

LOCNAMON BRIDIE made it a Classic double for the owning Chawke family and trainer Paul Hennessy when adding Limerick’sKerry Agribusiness St Leger final on Saturday to the Sporting Press Oaks title that she won earlier in the year.

Flying out from trap three, she made all in 29.34sec, with Tyrur Sugar Ray taking second, three and a half lengths back, with Jaytee Hellcat third after a slow start.

There had been first bend trouble when fast up General Wolf was chopped off by the leader and he collided with Rockview Turbo and Skywalker Farloe.

Afterwards Charlie Chawke dedicated the win to the memory of the late Patsy Byrne.

 

AT Crayford, Hazel Kemp’s Bodell  Hurricane was fastest in the heats of Tony Morris Memorial Rose Bowl in pulling off an 8-1 surprise in the final qualifier and clocking 23.25sec.

He was completing a double for the kennel with Any Brindle (23.62sec) taking the opener, with other heats won by Dick Philpot’s Mythical Emily (23.59sec, a 14-1 chance) and Paul Tompsett’s Tinas Junior (23.28sec).

The semis are next Saturday.

Rick Holloway was proud of a fast 380m jumps heats run (23.38sec)  by Soviet Military saying: “It was two spots off the track record held by the great Rossa Ranger in April 2002 and the fastest for 11years.

“He has been under the weather recently, but is now back with a bang.”

The other heat for the Betdaq sponsored event was won by Lollylips (23.99sec).

The final, over 540m, is also next Saturday.

 

HOVE turned on the power to hold Poole on their visit to Dorset Saturday afternoon, overcoming what might have been a tricky afternoon with professional aplomb, winning six of the ten races. They ended up tying on the day’s points with Poole, 111 apiece, with Swindon picking up just 58. However, that means Hove head into the final leg at Swindon with 252 points, Poole have 182 and Swindon 126

Razldazl Adele racing at Shelbourne Park on Thursday 21st of November in the 2013 Greyhound Review A3 525 Final

Razldazl Adele racing at Shelbourne Park. Daughter of Razldazl Billy.

TWO impressive trials had indicated Derby champion Razldazl Billy was as good as ever, but he sent out an even more emphatic warning on Saturday night when starring in the opening round of the Donal Reilly Easter Cup at a packed Shelbourne Park.

 

The sensational son of Brett Lee overcame early crowding to produce one of the finest displays of pure pace seen at headquarters in recent years.

Billy went off the 6-4 favourite to win Heat 6, with Si Senor at 5-2, but after being hampered at trap-rise by the fast starting Goldstar Lee you could have backed him at 10-1 as he rounded the opening bends.

Goldstar Lee continued to lead around the turn from Lightning Bozz and Stringers Tap while the favourites sat next. Then the time came for Razldazl Billy to strut his stuff. Shifting through the gears, the Dolores Ruth trained powerhouse flew up the outside while Si Senor went down the inner route. Razldazl Billy then displayed an astonishing surge of pace before switching to the inside to race into the lead on the third turn.

Razldazl Billy’s move was greeted with a huge roar as he powered clear. Si Senor went past Goldstar Lee on the run-in but the Liam Marks owned Razldazl Billy crossed the line with three lengths to spare over Si Senor in 28.55.

Fastest return of the night was Sean Cleary’s Astronomic, who returned to his very best to produce a stunning 28.50 in winning Heat 7. Now under the care of Owen McKenna, the son of Brett Lee made one of his better starts and was always in control as he raced to a six length victory over the staying on Mardocs Saha.

After being initially withdrawn during the week, Jaxerback actually took his place in Heat 4 after being passed fit on Friday and he duly continued his impressive run of form to deny Express Ego by the narrowest of margins in 28.58.

It was the second leg of a double for trainer Seamus Graham as Loyal Honcho had earlier clocked an identical 28.58 when leading all the way to beat Farloe Black by 3 lengths in Heat 2. Tote Gold Cup hero Ballyhoe Marble was the shortest priced favourite of the night and he duly won Heat 3 but he did give his supporters reason to worry as he had to pull out all the stops to reel in Dark Davy in 28.77.

Frances O’Donnell’s Skywalker Prince also got up late to beat Unique Option in 28.82 while the latter’s owner/trainer team of Pat Daly and Michael O’Donovan exacted sweet revenge when Holyromanemperor came through to beat the Ray Patterson owned Skywalker Magic by half a length in 28.93. Early speed proved decisive for Ian Reilly’s potential English Derby challenger Droopys Rodger as he led all the way before holding off Catunda Deano by half a length in 28.80.

Razldazl Bonnie

 

Razldazl Will

Razldazl Will has retired from racing after an injury sustained in last nights Grand National Final.

He will be operated on on Monday so he can enjoy a happy retirement :)

Classics have been coming easy to Dolores Ruth in recent years and she can strike again this evening when Razldazl Will contests the final of the Centra Harold’s Cross Irish Grand National at HX. Read more

Razldazl Marilyn

Razldazl Marilyn trials tonite at Shelbourne Park over 850

Kildare trainer Dolores Ruth

Kildare trainer Dolores Ruth

RAZLDAZL Marilyn is the greyhound with the movie star name and the Hollywood tale to match.

Runner-up in the Corn Cuchulainn at Harold’s Cross last Friday (19 July), the three-year-old trained by Dolores Ruth has had to overcome adversity just to make it on to the track.

Two years ago, Marilyn was subjected to a harrowing ordeal when she was stolen from a kennel in Co Kildare. A good friend, John Kelliher, had asked Dolores Ruth to train a dog for him but she didn’t have the room. After thinking about it for a week, she came up with a solution.

“I had brought in two saplings from the field and had kenneled them. I decided that we could swap – I’d take his dog in to be trained and he could mind the saplings for me. I took Fleeting Image in to train him for the Corn Cuchulainn which is the race Marilyn was in the other night,” said Ruth.

She went to England with some dogs to race and while over there received a phone call from John with terrible news.

“John rang me to tell me that Marilyn had been stolen. I thought she had just got out chasing rabbits but he told me that the lock on the gates had been broken and the lock on her paddock was too. She had been stolen out of her paddock but they left her litter brother Di Maggio behind.”

John contacted the Gardaí and put up missing posters around the area but for ten days, there was no sign of Marilyn. They then decided to offer a reward of €1,000 and that drew the dog-nappers out into the open. Marilyn would be returned to Kelliher in exchange for €1,000. He met the thieves at the drop off point and handed over the money. He was shown a trailer up the road and told that he would find the bitch there but he was not prepared for what he found.

In an attempt to remove her identification tattoos, acid had been poured over Marilyn’s ears and had caused horrific damage to the skin on her face, legs and body. She had lost eight pounds in weight and was very nervous. She was in such distress that treating her injuries was very difficult as she didn’t let people near her head.

“I kenneled her with Di Maggio to help her confidence being back with her brother,” said Ruth. “For three weeks Di Maggio would stand at the front of the kennel and lick her ears to help cure them. He licked her ears better, it was absolutely amazing as it was the only way we could heal her ears. It took nine months to get her confidence back and get her up and running.”

Two years after her kidnapping Marilyn still suffers from the effects of her torture but has beaten the odds to return and fulfill her enormous potential on the track.

“She is a remarkable dog to recover from that because we couldn’t get her out of the kennel at first, she had been badly beaten and if you picked up a dog dish she thought she was going to be beaten with it so we had to hand feed her to get her to eat. As a result we had to bring her into the house and she has been there ever since, and is trained from the couch!”

Living in the house clearly suits her and Marilyn will have a busy few weeks taking in Longford on 5 August and Shelbourne Park on Champion Stakes night but whatever she does on the track, her triumph over adversity proves she is already a star.