Wednesday 26 July 2017

McCoy flies home to take Lee strand

The Johnny O’Sullivan- trained son of Droopys Cain, who went off the 6/4 favourite, was only fifth to the opening bend as Summerfield Sky set the pace. (stock photo)
The Johnny O’Sullivan- trained son of Droopys Cain, who went off the 6/4 favourite, was only fifth to the opening bend as Summerfield Sky set the pace. (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Millroad McCoy lived up to expectations when he ran out a most impressive winner of the €9,000 Lee Strand 550 at Tralee on Saturday night.

The Johnny O'Sullivan- trained son of Droopys Cain, who went off the 6/4 favourite, was only fifth to the opening bend as Summerfield Sky set the pace. But a combination of slick tracking and sheer pace saw him stalking the leaders in fourth place entering the third bend.

He then struck in the home straight and his devastating finishing burst carried him to a length one-victory over Summerfield Sky in 29.96 with Ballyhooly Fin a length and a half third.

O'Sullivan reported that there had been considerable interest shown from cross-channel. If not sold he will likely step up in trip in the near future.

The Pat Guilfoyle-trained Good News turned the first semi-final of the Greyhound & Petworld Golden Muzzle at Limerick into a procession.

Good News flew from traps and left his rivals trailing as he powered to a dozen length margin over Cheer For Me in 29.49.

The other semi-final was won by the Reggie Roberts-trained Dream Mover. He ran wide off the first bend but then rallied to lead around the final bends for a two and a half-length victory over Gulleen Billy in 30.04.

Buckos Dream and Tullovin Kim maintained their unbeaten records when winning the semi-finals of the Red Mills Champion Open Unraced at Kilkenny and they are set to dominate the market for next Sunday's final. Buckos Dream is the likely favourite after his 28.87 effort.

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