TWO COUNTY Wexford greyhounds produced a great race on Saturday night at Shelbourne Park in the €1250 final of the Shelbourne Bookmakers Open 525.
Hot favourite was the Aiden Denton (Enniscorthy) owned Kereight King (Droopys Maldini-Quam Celerrine) who put in a flying run last week, but it was trap six, the other Wexford runner, Piercestown Buzz who made a fast start and the favourite had to show good determination at the first bend to get himself into second turning into the back straight before trying to run down Piercestown.
And showing a fine burst of pace, Kereight was in front at the third bend and came home three lengths too good for the game Piercestown Buzz in 28.61.
Kereight King has now scored four from seven starts and with 28.47 around Enniscorthy and 28.18 at Shelbourne. He will be right in the mix for major honours in the year ahead.
The Archaton Pine/Royal Impact unraced stake final will be the feature event at Waterford this Saturday night where no less than four of the six finalists will represent Co Wexford owners.
The first semi-final last week saw a Wexford onetwo as the David Jordan (Wexford Town) owned Archaton Martin (Archaton Pine-Mantha) followed up his win of the previous week when leading at the first bend and ran on well to hold the persistent effort of Bran Dubh, owned by John and Peter Nolan (Wexford) by two lengths in 29.20.
The second semi-final was won by Homeward Bounty in a fast 29.03 with Wexford runners Fleeting Ash owned by Liam and Colm Moore (Barntown) who finished strongly for second and Ardcavan Lass owned by David Scallan (Ardcavan) getting the third qualifying spot.
Race two was an A5 and the Seamus Mullaly (New Ross) owned Fawn Champ (Hondo Black-Posh Doll) went to the front at the first bend and held on by a length to score his second race win from seven starts, time 29.34.
Racing will take place on Saturday nights only for January at Waterford .
The IGB announced that prize money is to increase from January 7 and the breeders incentive scheme is also increased, good news for our sport.