Greyhounds: Tipoki repels Irish raiders to lift English Derby spoils
GREYHOUNDS: There was no joy for the Irish in the final of the English Derby at Wimbledon on Saturday as the Charlie Lister-trained Bandicoot Tipoki swooped late to grab a half-length victory in 28.57.
Toomaline Jack, the Irish-trained favourite, looked sure to collect when he challenged the Hungarian dog Lyreen Mover into the third bend. However, the dogs bumped and there was further crowding in the straight as the field tightened up.
Bandicoot Tipoki took advantage and came with a big run on the inside to win from Lyreen Wonder, with the Fraser Black-trained Krug Ninety Five getting up late to claim the third prize a short head back.
Meanwhile, Owen McKenna's Tooquicktoocatch was fastest (28.52) as the opening round of the Irish Oaks drew to a close at Shelbourne Park. Her time was nearly equalled 15 minutes later when Clearview Kelly posted a career-best 28.53 to win Heat 14.
Others to impress included Olympic Bee Puppy Oaks winner Dalcash Dvinsky, which led from the start to win Heat 15 in 28.61, while the progressive Triangle Beyonce also did little wrong when leading throughout to win Heat 11 in 28.63.
Ferdia Bound justified red-hot favouritism in the opening semi-final of the Barrys Tea Open 750 at Curraheen Park as he again unleashed a potent finishing kick to maintain his unbeaten record in the competition in 41.74.
Sean Meaney's Cooladerry Fizz opened her account over six bends just fractionally slower in the second semi. Leading from the start, the talented youngster held off the fast-finishing Kerryroad Baba to take the verdict by a neck in 41.75.