Greyhounds: Makeshift holds out
Greyhound racing: The Town View Foods Champion Stakes final produced the anticipated thrilling contest on Saturday night at Shelbourne with the Dolores Ruth- trained Makeshift resisting the powerful challenge of Tyrur Big Mike in 29.90.
It was a mighty race in the true tradition of the Champion Stakes with Makeshift setting the pace and then holding out at the line.
Makeshift broke fast and led up from Mesedo Blue and Tyrur Big Mike. That's how it remained approaching the third bend where Tyrur moved into second, but he then moved wide and that was the decisive moment.
Makeshift then held off the renewed challenge of Tyrur Big Mike to win by a neck with the strong staying Farley Blitz another three parts of a length away third.
This was a second Champion Stakes success for trainer Ruth, who previously trained Razldazl Billy to win the event in 2007.
This dog will now be a strong fancy to win the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby, which starts on Thursday week. Entries close on Friday and all the finalists in the Champion will be in the draw. And there will be a special trial session for Derby entries at 4.30 on Thursday.
Ruth also went very close to a big treble. Her Razldazl Lord was caught in the last stride by Thurlesbeg Joker in the Champion Consolation, while her Cartiers Dazzle led to near the third bend before finishing third behind Farloe Turbo in the Champion Plate.
The second-round heats of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be run at Dundalk tonight, while the semi-finals of the Premier Fantasy Southern Oaks will be run at Youghal.