Stunning Brandy smashes record in Leger semi
Priceless Brandy became the fastest greyhound over the 550-yard distance at Limerick when smashing the track record in the second semi-final of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger on Saturday night.
A week earlier he had been in all sorts of trouble in the quarter-final and had to perform heroics in actually qualifying in third place for the semi-finals. It was all change this time as he shot from traps in the second heat and gave an exhibition of top class pace as he covered the distance in 29.26 which is three spots better than the previous fastest, by Droopys Nidge.
This is the second record established by the Paul Hennessy-trained tracker as he had posted a new mark at Kilkenny for 525 yards in the summer and he is now assured of being a hot favourite for next weekend's final.
He flew out of four and led up from a wall of dogs. There was a melee on the corner and Priceless raced on for an 11-length verdict over Native Chimes with Country Legend also qualifying for the final.
The Peter Cronin-trained Swithins Brae continued on his upward curve when he shot out of trap four and led by more than two lengths around the opening bend from Hennessy's Jaytee Dutch. The latter drifted wide as usual and the gap was five lengths at halfway. Jaytee ran on well but was still two lengths adrift of Swithins Brae at the line in 29.61 with Leave At Dawn getting up to third.
Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess produced a huge run when winning the final of the Track Bookmakers Open 750 at Shelbourne. She shot out of traps and raced to a seven-length victory over Skywalker Rossa in 41.30, the second fastest time in history.
Willie Hyslop and Robert Gleeson combined for a 1-3 in the final of the Tennents Gold Cup at Drumbo Park. Toolmaker Scot was fast away and was always in control as he won by five lengths from Farloe Rumble in 28.17 with Toolmaker Metro four lengths back in third.
The semi-finals of the Gain Select Stakes at Waterford were won by Quietly in 28.48, Burgess Popeye in 28.41 and Berkey in 28.46.