Greyhounds: Laurels for legend O Muircheartaigh
THE legendary Micheal O Muircheartaigh, who so often called the race live for RTE Radio, stood on the podium to accept the Irish Laurels trophy at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.
It was an amazing chapter in this story that began when the Irish Greyhound Board decided to present Micheal with a greyhound pup on the occasion of his retirement.
The selected dog became known as Razldazl Rioga and on Saturday night he ran his rivals ragged to claim the €30,000 prize. The win of Rioga continued a great year for trainer Dolores Ruth as she added this major success to the Irish Derby, Easter Cup, Hegarty 600 and Corn Cuchulainn in a never-to-be-forgotten campaign.
Razldazl Rioga flew up from trap six and was clear into the bend. By the second bend he was almost beyond catching and at halfway showed six lengths to the good. It was all over bar the shouting and he raced home a five-length winner from Beaming Dilemma in 28.32, with Varra Captain third.
There were two sensational puppy runs on the night, with John O'Flynn's Dear Pa clocking 28.28 in just his second race, while Paul Hennessy's Rattlin Goldstar stopped the clock in 28.29.
It was also a great night for the Kiely family from Effin outside Kilmallock. Their Shaneboy Dream won an Open 750 on the Curraheen card, while litter brother Shaneboy Fantasy equalled the track record of 41.34 in a brilliant performance in the final of an Open 750 at Shelbourne.
The greyhound meeting scheduled for Clonmel last night was called off due to the adverse weather. The card, which features the second round heats of the Munster Puppy Cup, will be run tonight.