Greyhounds: Noel runs rivales ragged
Published 05/12/2011 | 05:00
Cabra Noel is 6/4 favourite for the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake after a hugely impressive victory in the quarter-finals at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
Graham Holland's puppy flew from the inside trap and raced away for a six-length victory over Swift Marathon in 28.50, the fastest time of the round.
Razldazl Will walked from traps in Heat 3 but moved up into third place behind Highview Dusty and Ruthless Man on the second bend. He accelerated off the final bend and got up to win by a length and three parts of a length from Highview Dusty and Ruthless Man in 28.61.
In the other heats, the Pat Buckley-trained Paradise Martini led all the way en route to a length and a half margin over Highview Beauty in 28.61, while Gerry Whyte's Fridays Carroll led all the way to win Heat 2 by five and a half lengths from Eabhas Fantasy in 28.66.
Cabra Millie won a heat of the Shelbourne Oaks in 28.44 while Tyrur Big Mike gave away lengths in running but still won the open 525 in a sensational 28.38. Martinstown Snow destroyed a high-class field for a three and a half length win over Broadstrand Lad in 31.14.
The semi-finals of the Bookmakers Champion Bitch Stake at Thurles saw wins for the Davy Reynolds-trained Montblanc in 28.97 and Gary Loughnane's Tyra Cool in 29.07.