Saturday 25 February 2017

Greyhound: Oakfront a cut above

The 6/4 favourite Oakfront Aga claimed the Guinness Trophy at Curraheen Park on Saturday and was the cause of much celebration in Charleville.

Owned by Chris and John Morrissey, Oakfront Aga dashed to the front as Paid Paddy and Express Trick clashed on the second bend.

Oakfront then raced on to win by a length and a half from Paid Paddy in 29.11, with He Told Ted the same distance back in third.

Last year's Guinness Trophy winner Beaming Dilemma was also on the mark as he won the final of the Swords Prince @ Stud A1 525 at Shelbourne. Pat Buckley's tracker made the most of the inside draw to lead on the bend from fellow joint favourite Quick Lee. It was a two dog race from this point and Beaming raced home with a length to spare over a gallant Quick Lee in a very fast 28.39.

There were some big performances on the undercard and among those that stood out were the 28.44 from Tolerton Crasher, 29.67 for 550 yards from both Broadstrand Lad and Dirty Old Town, and the 31.05 from Air Force Ellie over the 575 distance.

Among those given trials before racing was Derby runner-up Tyrur Big Mike and he looked in superb form as he went around in 29.56 after a slightly untidy start.

Entries for the Tote Gold Cup at Shelbourne close this morning.

Irish Independent

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