Milldean Panther speeds to Shelbourne record
Milldean Panther's huge reputation was further enhanced when the John O'Flynn-trained superstar smashed the 525-yards track record at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
Unbeaten and unchall-enged in his first eight races, Milldean Panther was widely described as a freak on Saturday as he won his heat of the Razldazl George Open 525 in 28.00, an improvement of eight one-hundredths on the previous record set in 2004 by Premier Fantasy.
Milldean led Puppy Derby Plate winner Noirs Buachaill by two lengths around the opening bend and extended his lead to hit the line five clear in the fastest time in the 84-year history of the famed stadium. He will now bid for a 10th win on the trot in next Saturday's final before contesting the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake on November 17.
The other semi-final of the open 525 was won by Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Houdini in 28.75.
Ruth produced another sensational young dog as Houdini's litter brother Razldazl Will lived up to his advance billing as he won an A1 contest in 28.33.
Phil Gough's star pup Sparta Maestro was also in brilliant form as he won his heat of the Red Mills Masters 550 at Waterford in 29.35.