Drumcrow Kaiser rules in the Comerford
The Ruddy family from Dungannon run a tidy greyhound operation and their home-bred youngster, Drumcrow Kaiser was the star of the opening round of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Kaiser didn't spend long in front in the thrilling second but his nose hit the line first as he grabbed a short-head and neck victory over Creamery Bale and Jaytee Dutch in 28.33. Creamery Bale and Sword Fern disputed the lead to halfway where Drumcrow went up between them. Jaytee Dutch began to make serious ground following first-bend trouble and he came home fast. Any one of the three could have won but the photo showed that Drumcrow had edged it.
There was another exciting finish to Heat 5 where the Graham Holland-trained Jo Jo Fantasy got up to beat Borna Sounds by three parts of a length in 28.37 and the winner will be fancied to emulate his sire, Premier Fantasy which won this stake a dozen years ago.
The competition had opened on a thrilling note as Tom Farrell's Scary Days flew from traps and maintained a strong gallop all the way as he raced home in 28.49. Imperial Express looked a little green early but ran on with determination to be a two-length runner-up and he is one with improvement in him.
Peter Cronin was on the mark with Milldean Puma in Heat 4, where he looked to have little chance as he was only fourth around the bottom bends as Airport Turbo headed Black Alder. But Milldean produced a big finishing kick to grab victory by a short head from Airport in 28.72.
Two races later Global Chief took it up early in the back straight but he only held on by a neck and a short head from Scooby The Phant and Mynewbestfriend in 28.84.
Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Rince produced a fine run when winning Heat 7 in 28.46. Madabout Marco wiped out the inside dogs early when diving for the rails and Razldazl Rince went strongly up the outside. Razldazl won by four and a half lengths from Motorbar Welcome.