Greyhounds: Slippery Bob lays down marker with sizzling display
Greyhound racing survived the weather over the weekend, though there were some withdrawals from both major events at Limerick and Shelbourne.
A number of big fancies crashed out of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick, with Makeshift withdrawn and Monlesa Alsation, St Louis Spirit, Farley Blitz, De Ex Factor and Christmas Box all failing to survive the second-round action.
The fastest time was set by Larry Dunne's impressive Slippery Bob in winning Heat 7 in 29.60. He left his rivals for dead on the run to the bend and drew right away to win by six lengths from Jeddies Star.
Closest to him on the clock was Michael O'Donovan's Judicial Academy, which led all the way for a two-length margin over Thurlesbeg Joker in 29.68.
The 10th heat generated most discussion, with Farley Turbo absolutely walking from traps, but was left in second place when there was a melee on the opening bend which saw his litter brother knocked to the ground. Turbo then headed Skywalker Queen before the third bend and won by two lengths from last year's Oaks winner in 30.18.
Fastest in the second round of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne was Mossie O'Connor's Deerfield Music.
He went clear down the back straight in Heat 4 before winning by two lengths from the strong-finishing Colourful Fox in 29.02 (.60 slow).
Owen McKenna's Farloe Force looked set for an easy victory in the first heat, but then had to dig very deep to hold off the big late run of Simple Class by half a length in 29.23.
Other heat winners were Beaming Therapy in 29.09 and Greenwell Club in 29.30.
Kerry Agribusiness St Leger Limerick (Saturday) -- Heat 1: 1 Farley Turbo; 2 Slippery Bob; 3 Bredas Girl; 4 Confident Nestor (m); 5 Westmead Bond (m); 6 Skywalker Queen (w). Heat 2: 1 Nicken Shaw; 2 Judicial Academy; 3 Knockbawn Sirius; 4 Neon Tiger; 5 Frisky Fantasy; 6 Hare Mack (w).
Heat 3: 1 Tranquil Time; 2 Whatsupjack; 3 Westmead Bolt; 4 Ocean Crash; 5 Air Force Hawk; 6 Slippery Dave. Heat 4: 1 Ballyhannon; 2 Jeddies Star; 3 Beaming Dilemma; 4 Colorful Champ; 5 Thurlesbeg Joker (m); 6 Mustang Johnny (w).
Comerford Cakes National Puppy Shelbourne Park (Saturday) -- Heat 1: 1 Simple Class; 2 Rockchase Zico; 3 Beaming Therapy (m); 4 Mozzletoff (m); 5 Talktoyoulad (w); 6 Boxie (w). Heat 2: 1 Fastaway King; 2 Bling Bling Joe; 3 Farloe Force; 4 Deerfield Music; 5 Colourful Fox (m); 6 Greenwell Club (m).