Melody's Emma the star of the show on Friday night
The performance of Melodys Emma (Lughill Blake/Melodys Diamond) proved the highlight of Friday nights card at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium. Patrick Colins' bitch showed impressive pace once negotiating the first bend to stretch right away in an impressive time for the A5 grade over 525, stopping the clock at 28.64 after adjustment for the going allowance (-0.10 slow).
At trap rise Traps the inside runners concertinaed, offering Melodys Emma housed safely in Trap 6 a golden opportunity to cut in at the first bend. From here there was only one result as she displayed superior pace to put 10.5 lengths between herself and the opposition. Of the others, Trap 3 Takenforgranted ran with credit having been badly squeezed at trap rise. John O Brien's dog showed admiral pace and track craft to suggest he's improving and a win should be imminent in the coming weeks.
Trap 4, also inconvenienced in the shemozzle before the first bend, ran on for third. It will be interesting to see how the winner handles a step up in class.
Crossfield YaYa (All About Ya/Crossfield Rees) impressed when winning over the standard trip. Brendan O'Shea's dog took a flyer from Trap 3, moved wide before diving to the rail at the first bend. He just about cleared Mohane Duke in Trap 6 before powering down the back straight. There was a brief scare at the third bend as Maglass Kinloch (Trap 2) closed to a length but Crossfield showed superior stamina on the run in to score by a comfortable 3 lengths. He clocked an adjusted 28.98 and looks as if he will handle a step up in grade with trademark early pace . Trap 1, Mauras Wish stayed on from a hopeless position to grab 3rd.
Race 2, a 525 yard contest provided the nights other eye catcher. Decorated, a May 2016 son of (Scholari Me Daddy / El Carmel) proved to be far superior to the A8 grade when clocking 29.38. A month previously, Ray Fleming's charge had encountered significant traffic problems in his first race.
He showed he had learned quite a bit about his trade during the four week break. He showed admiral track craft by avoiding Trap 1 TeeVee Allie at the first bend before powering clear down the back straight. He led by two lengths from Trap 1 at half way before stretching right away up the home straight to win by an impressive nine lengths. Bookies took no chances with this fella chalking him up at 4/5.
The card featured three sprint races. Teevee Buddy (Kinloch Brae/Teevee Princess) won the S6 from Trap 4 in 18.05. From Trap 2, Lacken Charlie (Kinloch Brae/Lacken Queenie) went from trap to line to win the S2 in 17.82. Race 7 was won from Trap 3 by Knockout Drift (Droopys Scholari/Brush Dancer).
Other winners on the night were Cyprus Billy 29.60 (A5), Lee Smasher 28.92 (A2) and Carmac Express 28.90 (A0/1). Six favourites obliged on the night and The Slán Abhaile sent punters home happy with 2/1 co favourite of three Crossfield Riona (Droopys Cian/Cooltraw Mist) running well from halfway to win an A3 contest in 29.48.