OLLIE BRAY'S Paradise Madison smashed the Shelbourne 525-yard record when winning his first-round heat of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake.
Paradise Madison rode a hefty first-bend bump with Jacksallstar and then powered clear to win by 10 lengths in an astonishing 27.92 – the first time any greyhound has covered the 525 yards at Shelbourne in under 28 seconds. It was an improvement of eight spots on the previous record set by Milldean Panther.
This was the highlight of a terrific first round, with Fairhill Noel the next best with a 28.72 effort.
The €13,000 Gain Select Feeds Stake at Waterford was won by Milldean Tally in 28.67.
The second favourite behind kennel companion Razldazl Rioga, Milldean flew from traps and got the better of a protracted battle with Killinan Cash to win by a neck.
It was a second major win of the year for the Dolores Ruth-trained Milldean, which had previously won the Irish Oaks at Shelbourne.
Things went very much to plan in the semi-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick, with Priceless Sky and Skywalker Puma retaining their unbeaten paths through the Classic.
Derby winner Skywalker Puma survived a nasty bump with both Danmar Benny and Kingo at the first bend and went on to win by three lengths from Tibetan Skies in 29.64.
In the other semi-final, Priceless Sky blew out of traps and summarily dismissed his three rivals, winning by seven lengths in a brilliant 29.43.