Greyhounds: Enda digs deepest
The Tyrur dream year continued at Curraheen Park on Saturday night when Tyrur Enda raced to his anticipated victory in the €35,000 Pat Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels final at Curraheen Park.
However, he had to dig deep to resist the gallant and persistent challenge of his young rival Tubbertelly Dubh.
This was impressive stuff as Tyrur Enda broke fast, but so did his solitary market rival Tubbertelly Dubh from his dreaded trap one draw. Enda had the superior pace and led by a length and a little daylight heading into the back straight.
The situation remained largely unchanged to the third bend, where Tubbertelly challenged and was then offered a ray of light as Tyrur moved fractionally off the inside rail.
Tubbertelly saw his opportunity and momentarily looked like getting on terms. However, Tyrur Enda drew on extra reserves to hold his rival by three parts of a length in 28.42. It was all of five lengths back to the American challenger, Kiowa Myth, in third place.
It was a fantastic result for owner PJ Fahy and his 22-year-old trainer/son Conor as they celebrated this latest classic success, coming fast on the heels of their remarkable 1-2 in the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby in mid September.
The Consolation final was won in brilliant fashion by last year's Laurels hero, Sevenheads Bay, in 28.55.
At Drumbo Park there was a fast 28.19 run from Graham Holland's Leeview Jet as he won a semi-final of the Tennents Gold Cup in 28.19.
The other semi-final was won by the John McGee-trained Cumann Carling in 28.48.