Greyhounds: Kingo shows true class
Can anything stop Kingo in the Hegarty Bookmakers 600 at Shelbourne next Saturday? It looks doubtful, with Dolores Ruth's tracker boasting a proud unbeaten record through the competition, which is worth €20,000 to the winner.
This powerful racer is the ideal 600-yard performer with that exciting mix of early pace, strength and stamina. He will be a red-hot favourite for the final after overcoming his sternest test yet in Saturday's semi-final.
After leading up, Kingo was joined on the third bend by Droopys Joe, but he then displayed his class as he pulled away again to win by two lengths in 32.75 on a rain-sodden track.
Just 15 minutes earlier, Ann Wade's Pool Hawk had won a thrilling opening semi-final after head-to-head battles with, first, Fatboyz Tyson and then Master Blaster. The latter actually led turning for home when Pool Hawk drifted wide, but Hawk rallied strongly to grab a length verdict in 32.76.
A high-class Shelbourne card saw Owen McKenna's Tubbertelly Dubh produce another fine performance when winning his semi-final of the Larry Dunne Open 525 by two and a half lengths from Head Rock in 28.76, and Paul Sharkey's Cian Abbey was just a spot slower when beating Ballymac Tipp by two lengths in 28.77.
Cork trainer John Linehan has the fastest semi-final winner of the Healthcare & Transport Services Puppy Oaks in Droopys Twirl as he won by two and a half lengths from Wonder Wag in 28.63. The other heat saw Brian King's Shelbourne Abi lead all for a two-length verdict over Ballymac Razl in 28.84.