Greyhounds: Dawn rises to occasion
A new name burst to the forefront in the Sporting Press Irish Oaks when Shelbourne Dawn produced a top-class performance in winning the second semi-final at Shelbourne on Saturday night.
Brian King's bitch was quickly in command of a race where Freedom Seacrest was absent through injury. Once in front, Shelbourne Dawn was never troubled and powered away to win by four lengths from reigning champion Skywalker Queen in 28.56.
Jack Meade's Dalcash Dvinsky is the likely favourite to land the Classic after another superb effort in the opening heat. A fast start set up victory but she was challenged strongly into the third bend by Cartiers Dazzle. The latter ran very wide turning for home and Clearview Kelly moved into second. But Dalcash Dvinsky was in control of the situation and raced on to win by two lengths from Clearview Kelly in 28.58 with Cartiers Dazzle back in third.
There was a shock outcome to the Paddy O'Sullivan Memorial Race of Champions at a packed Kingdom Stadium on Friday night when Beaming Supreme, the outsider of Pat Buckley's two runners, broke fast and led all the way for a short-head victory over Sevenheads Bay in 29.66.
Favourite Tullymurry Act walked out of traps but finished strongly to seal third by a length.
Sporting Press Irish Oaks final draw: 1 Casual Steps; 2 Cartiers Dazzle; 3 Shelbourne Dawn; 4 Dalcash Diva; 5 Clearview Kelly; 6 Skywalker Queen (w).