Greyhounds: Makeshift sets the pace
The scene is set for a tremendous final to the Town View Foods Champion Stakes following Saturday's semi-finals at Shelbourne, in which Makeshift was marginally the fastest winner.
The Dolores Ruth-trained Makeshift went past the early paced Mesedo Blue beyond halfway and then held off the renewed challenge of Mesedo Blue by three parts of a length, with Thurlesbeg Joker another length back in third.
Makeshift's time of 29.84 was just one spot faster than PJ Fahy's Tyrur Big Mike clocked in winning the second heat. This was an awesome performance from Big Mike as he left his rivals for dead down the far side, on his way to a three-length margin over Sevenheads Bay in 29.85.
The opening heat saw Farley Blitz make it three from three since he was sent over from England to Owen McKenna. De Ex Factor led to the bend but Farley Blitz forced his way through on the bend and was chased down the back by Fatboyz Tyson. However, Farley Blitz was too strong and ran out a two-and-a-half-length winner from Fatboyz in 29.97.
The semi-finals of the Town View Foods Champion Plate were won by Farley Turbo in 29.85, Hats My Boy 30.11 and Crash Bandit 30.24.
Kiltrea Kev was crowned the king of the stayers when winning the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn final at Harold's Cross on Friday. Owned, bred and trained by John Doyle in Enniscorthy, Kiltrea went past Cooladerry Fizz on the fourth bend and stayed on powerfully for a three-and-a-half-length verdict in 41.70. Ferdia Bound was a staying two-length third.