Greyhound Dundooan Diva
With the verdict going to the Neilus O’Connell trained Native Custom in a best of the night 28.89. Native Gypsy set a strong pace from An Tochar Carlos but the Tom Whelan owned Native Custom went second between the final bends. It was nip and tuck coming to the line but the print showed that Native Custom had prevailed by a short head from Native Gypsy with An Tochar Carlow some four lengths adrift in third.
In the preceding race Native Gypsy’s litter sister was on the mark as Dolores Ruth’s Razldazl Adele opened her six bend account when skipping clear to make all. The daughter of Razldazl Billy and Razldazl Pru was simply too sharp for her rivals in the early yards and she was clear passing the stands. Friar St Flyer did finish at speed to take second, but Razldazl Adele was not for catching as she hit the line two and a half lengths in front of the strong finishing Friar St Flyer in 42.74 with Cant Catch Patch well back in third.
Trainer O’Connell made it two on the night when Unico (Hometown Boy/ Dundooan Diva) maintained a wide but winning course in the A2 tenth race. Lord Tiger showed ahead out of traps but the pace of Unico carried her to the front halfway to the bend. Her wide running allowed Lord Tiger to get back into contention but Unico was too strong on the run-in and prevailed by a length and a half for the Del King Syndicate in 29.21. Lord Tiger had two and a half lengths to spare over third placed Strike One.
Limerick based O’Connell wasn’t finished yet and he came up with the treble in the concluding A1 525 where Kiel Razzle (Razldazl Billy/ Dear Prudence) was another winner for the breeding line. Tahina Sarah led to the third bend where Kiel Razzle powered past and he ran on well to hold the strong finish of Abbey Carla by two lengths in 28.95.
There was a real shock in the opener as red hot favourite Jaytee Freddy failed to figure after early traffic problems behind eventual scorer Two One Two. Owned by Niall and Emma Foley, Two One Two (Hometown Boy/ Wisdom) was fastest into stride and led from the opening yards before containing the late challenge of Elite Taylor by a length and a half in 29.09.
HANNA LEAVES IT LATE
Larry Dunne’s Slippery Hanna (Brett Lee/ Steamy Windows) may be very young and inexperienced but she is a tough cookie and she opened her account in very brave fashion when landing the A4 eighth contest.
She was baulked at the start and then took a few hefty bumps around the opening bends as Delmonte Jojo shot into a big lead. Slippery Hanna, a half sister to Derby winning Slippery Robert, moved second early in the back straight and set about catching the runaway leader. She closed relentlessly and finally hit the front on the finish line as she won by the minimum from Delmonte Jojo in 29.42 with Tagalong Puyol some six lengths third.
An anticipated litter double for Dunne didn’t materialise when Slippery Lorenz left himself with too much to do in the A3 ninth race. Early pace, they say, is half the battle and so it proved here as the Gerry Merriman trained Highview Grace (Hades Rocket/ Coolemount Flair) broke fast from two and was clear into the back from Joes Mixa with Slippery Lorenz beginning to make progress from fifth spot on the bend. The challenges closed but Highview Grace railed tightly around the bottom bends and then held the flying run of Slippery Lorenz by three parts of a length in 29.22 with Joes Mixa some two lengths third.
There were two sprint contests on the card and the top grade was the SO/1 seventh contest where the Thomas Lynch trained Catunda Alfie (Tyrur McGuigan/ Catunda Paris) was convincing winner for Brendan Prizeman. Alfie broke fast and led up by a length and a half from Airforce Venus. O Garney Prince disputed second from the second bend but Catunda Alfie raced on to win by a length and a half in 18.93 with O Garney holding second.
Owen and John McKenna’s Exciting Bolt (Westmead Hawk/ Youraisemeup) made a successful switch to sprinting in the second race when outstaying Ghetto Jubilee up the home straight. Exciting Bolt hit the front just before the turn, but allowed Ghetto Jubilee up his inner when drifting to the middle of the track. Entering the home straight the latter held a narrow lead, but Exciting Bolt had too much strength for his rival and he duly came home a length clear in 19.20.
The third race was a muddling affair, although supporters of Tri Borough won’t grumble as the Paul Hennessy trained son of Barefoot Bolt and Olympic Show stayed on best of all to lead late. Owned by Tony and Lorraine Howard, the April ’12 whelp beat long time leader Lils The Boss by half a length in 29.53.
Early speed was the key to success for the Granville Syndicate owned Davran Clio in the fourth race as she made every inch after a fast start from trap two. The Marie Gilbert trained daughter of Swords Prince and Lady Clio was never under threat as she came home three and a half lengths to the good over the always second Micks Option in 29.34.