THE value of a good benefit meeting was underlined once more at Tralee Track on Saturday night when families came out in real force to support Mercy Mounthawk School.
The Oakview stadium has a big capacity and it was certainly well tested, to the benefit of the organisers and the track people themselves. There was tremendous betting with the tote in particular and some great dividends were recorded, especially when it came to the trios.
The bottom line, of course, was that it was a handsome earner for Mercy Mounthawk, between sponsorship, advertising, nominations, a raffle and a buster draw. It took a whale of an effort to put all this together and the organisers deserve the highest praise.
Racingwise, thrills abounded and the night ended with a particularly popular victory for the local father and son combination of Jimmy and Tony Griffin, whose dog, Jeff's Scolari, demonstrated powerful early pace to get himself into a winning position off the first bend and he went on to score by three lengths from Ashville Joker in 28.95 (.20 fast).
The hottest race of the night was the ninth, for A1 class over 550yds, and this was won by the Maurice O'Connor trained Dubai Swift. He came from a nice bit off the pace to beat In The Meantime by a neck in 30.10, but it was subsequently announced that Dubai Swift was the subject of a stewards' inquiry, which, of course, took somewhat from the victory.
There was a notable run of 28.75 in the very first race by an A5 greyhound, Has Benefits, which will see him elevated a few grades.
Other winners: Vito Wal, 29.02; Fortfield Gap, 29.29; Boherbue Sparks, 28.85; Saleen Dion, 30.15; Knockane Ella, 31.59; Bound Tobe Shaw, 42.80; Balyfidora Claud, 28.86; Pawsinmypocket, 31.29.