Greyhounds: Pablo edges thriller
GREYHOUNDS: The punters had a pretty torrid time of it at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with winning favourites difficult to find. The odds were turned over in both semi-finals of the Joe Dunne Memorial 525 as Pablo Supreme and Priceless Chef landed two very exciting contests.
There was a thrilling battle in the second semi where Owen McKenna's Pablo Supreme grabbed an early advantage and he was very reluctant to surrender it as he was challenged strongly by the hot favourite Fatboyz Tyson.
There was a length in it for most of the journey but Fatboyz then came with a big run up the straight that saw Pablo Supreme hold on for a short-head verdict in 28.63, with Boher Master qualifying for the final in third.
All three Paul Hennessy-trained runners were involved in a hectic battle for supremacy in the opening heat and it was Cayman Islands-based Kathleen Murphy that took the honours as her Priceless Chef held off husband Bryan's Barefoot Bullet by a length in 28.71.
Priceless headed kennel companion Budgie Burglar at halfway and went on to win nicely while Lickfinn Darkie stayed on to grab the third spot.
Star of the Vetsearch International Kennedy Cup at Limerick was Joe Carey's Tip And Tin with a 28.52, while the other winners were Hurry On Black 28.59, Thorns And Roses 28.76 and Brickfield Snow 28.65.
Fastest in the Guinness Trophy semi-finals at Curraheen Park was Evons Murralli with a 28.74 run, while Beaming Dilemma won in 28.82 and Montos Honcho in 28.94.