ACCORDING to Declan Dowling, the Sales and Operations Manager at Tralee Track, the late Steve Kennedy instigated the setting up of the track Supporters Club and due homage was paid to the man at the Oakview venue last Saturday night.
The Supporters Club played a huge part by being involved in the sponsorship of every one of eleven races, sharing sponsorship of the featured Steve Kennedy A5 525 Memorial Final (winner, €2,000) with members of the Kennedy family, and also in on the action of the night was Listry GAA Club, with which Steve Kennedy was prominently associated.
It is to the credit of all involved that it was great tribute night to the late Steve Kennedy and a programme of racing which featured no less than seven sweepstake finals provided some marvellous entertainment.
The results were rather mixed for punters, but the big one, the final of the Steve Kennedy sweepstake itself, was won by a 5/4 favourite in Movealong Bolt (Head Bound - Movealong Sutty), owned by William Barry, of Kilmallock.
The leader off the first bend was Farran Roberto and this fellow held a two-length lead rounding the third bend. However, Farran Roberto had no answer to the finishing thrust of Movealong Bolt and that two-length lead was turned into a two-length deficit by the line in the hugely impressive time of 28.69 (.20 fast), with two and a half lengths back to Posts Princess.
One of the supporting sweepstake finals saw the locally-owned Potters Cubed, a litter sister to that wonderful winner of the Scottish Derby, Ballymac Penske, add to her breeding value by powerfully coming from off the pace to win in 31.55 (570yds), while another locally-owned greyhound, Lassa Expedition, proved his class in no uncertain terms by winning a 550yds sweepstake in 29.87.
Other winners: Budwise Bud, 29.36; Tims Star, 27.56; Pioneer Dancer, 30.33; Headleys Becky, 31.67; Will Tashadelek, 29.14; Freds Choice, 27.27; Dukes Supreme, 28.90; Weighbridge Dazl, 27.95.