Greyhound racing: 'Jet' rewrites history
The history books were re-written on Saturday night at northern track Drumbo Park when Leeview Jet won the final of the Tennent's Gold Cup in a new 525-yards national record time of 27.88.
It is only the second time ever that 28 seconds has been broken in a race in this country. The previous time was at Limerick over three years ago when Catunda Harry posted a time of 27.99.
Leeview Jet, trained by Graham Holland for Breda and Mary Delaney from Ballincollig, Cork, had actually set a new track record of 28.21 in the first round of the competition but that time was broken by Moral Duty with a 28.08 run the same night.
Meanwhile, the two semi-finals of the Mannions Builders Supplies National 750 at Shelbourne were won in almost identical times by the two favourites Cooladerry Fizz and Seven Hills Lady.
Cooladerry Fizz won the first semi-final when getting away smartly for a length-and-a-half verdict over the persistent challenging Crash Bandit in 41.67.
Fifteen minutes later, Seven Hills Lady also made all the running as he led home Mustang Johnny by five lengths in 41.65.
The Liam O'Rourke-trained Ballymac Tipp made it four wins on the trot when producing a cracking 28.29 run in winning a heat of an open 525.
The other semi-final was won by Tolerton Crasher as he came from behind Fatboyz Crackers to claim a length-and-a-half victory in 28.67.