A FUNDRAISER in aid of Tralee CBS, The Green, drew a large crowd, which generated a tremendous atmosphere at the Greyhound track on Saturday night. Racing was over a variety of distances with the main event being the final of the CBS Buster Sweepstake.
Over 500 yards, the short run to the first bend meant that the break was all important and Coolboy Bawn made the most of a fast start to clear her rivals and open up a lead of several lengths on the far side. Striding out well, the leader maintained a powerful gallop and came home a ready winner in 27.69 (Est: 27.89). The locally owned Dramatic Missile ran on to finish second, three lengths behind the winner, with Millridge Silver a further two lengths back in third. The victory of Coolboy Bawn netted her joint owners, Eric Prestage and Michael O'Donnell of Ventry, the prize of €650.
Also down for decision were the three semi-finals of the Newmarket Ladies Football Buster Sweepstake for grade A4 over 570 yards. Owner, Donal O'Mahony of Millstreet will have a strong hand in the final, as he secured a double on the night courtesy of Millridge Euro, who went trap to line in the first semi in a time of 31.73 (Est: 31.93) and Millridge Laura, who powered home in the third semi when recording 31.61 (Est: 31.81).
In between Payyaway Sonia stayed on well to win her semi by four lengths from Unknown Ava in 31.91 (Est: 32.11). At only sixteen months old, this lady is jointly owned by Keith Morton & John Price in Listowel. The other finalists battling it out for a first prize of €750 next Saturday night will be Westwind Lady and Portmagee Bomber. However, it would come as no surprise if Donal O'Mahony's pair fought out the finish and Millridge Laura is given the nod to pick up her kennel companion close home.
Three first round heats of the Abbeydorney Coursing Club Sweepstake were also run off. Yorkville Blend owned by Patrick McCarthy took the opening heat when he raced to a three length victory over Benmore Blueboy in a time of 18.10 (Est: 18.20). Ballybunion Mary owned jointly by Colin Wall and Billy Murphy impressed when winning by 3 lengths from her litter sister, Innocent Lady in 17.97 (Est: 18.07)
Glin View Sofia won the third heat in a time of 18.11 (Est: 18.21) when coming home two lengths in front of Coolree Sly. The two remaining heats were pencilled in for Tuesday night with the first three in each heat plus the three fastest losers going forward to the semi-finals which will form part of Saturday night's card.
Other winners were all over the standard trip and these included Lescargot, who took the Slan Abhaile race (A3) for owner Pat Dillon of Duagh, in a smart 28.93 (29.13). Killahan Rocky was the only winner of the night to wear the stripes. This fellow clocked 29.29 (Est: 29.49) when winning an A2 race for owner Vincent McKenna of Abbeydorney and trainer Padraig Regan.
Dons College, owned by Michael Long of Castlemaine, opened her account with a trap to line run in a time of 29.47 (Est: 29.67) (Grade A8-A9).