Greyhounds: McGuigan claims derby
Galway took over Shelbourne Park on Saturday night as the Fahy family from Knockmaskehill and their flying Tyrur greyhounds completed a remarkable one-two in the final of the Irish Derby.
Three years after PJ Fahy achieved the same feat with Tyrur Rhino and Tyrur Laurel, Tyrur McGuigan led home litter brother Tyrur Big Mike. The winning time of 29.41 was the fastest in a Derby final, one hundredth of a second quicker than the previous best, which was set by Bypass Byway in 2002.
Big Mike was the evens favourite in the market, with McGuigan going from 10/1 in the morning to 8/1 by the off.
General anticipation was that the brothers would be neck and neck over the first half of the race but Big Mike wasn't foot perfect at the start and it was McGuigan which raced to the bend a length and a half in front.
Big Mike lost ground on the bend and was almost three lengths back heading into the far side.
He battled bravely to challenge again at the third bend but forfeited more ground when going wide, leaving McGuigan clear turning for home.
The winner and runner-up are members of the Brett Lee/Tyrur Temptress litter which was bred by PJ Fahy outside Glenamaddy and they are trained by his son Conor, who had celebrated his 22nd birthday two days earlier.