Early pace is such a huge plus when it comes to winning races, no matter what the level, and Russmur Abbey certainly has it in abundance for trainer Edward O’Sullivan and owner Jeremiah Murphy, of Shinnagh, Rathmore.
It enabled the March ’18 daughter of Ballymac Vic and Paradise Abbey to dominate from traprise in the eighth race (A3 525) at last week’s Tuesday SIS meeting at the Oakview venue and she coasted home three and a half lengths ahead of Roadstone Barney in a fastest of the night 28.69 (28.79 on going rated .10 slow).
The winning machine that is Donal G O’Mahony, of Millstreet, pulled off a double in successive races with Millridge Dolly (28.88) and Millridge Allie (28.99), while the other winners were: Impact Taylor, 29.42; Ballyegan Nidge, 29.34; Toremore Missile, 29.04; Devon Xpress, 29.21; Headleys Sydney, 29.32; Send It Less, 28.81; Treaty Pearl, 28.90.
Would you believe it, the final of the Swedish Derby, over 602yds, has been won by an Ardfert greyhound, Ardrahan Justice, which was bred in Ardrahan, Ardfert, by Dan Nolan, and which was trained by Edward Nolan before a new career opened up for him in Sweden under the ownership of Peter and Theres Lindstrom.
Ardrahan Justice is by Ballymac Vic out of Ardrahan Espreso and he won seven races at Tralee before heading off to Sweden last February, the last of those seven victories being achieved at the Oakview venue on January 23 over 525yds (he was a two-length winner over Gulleen Andy in 28.86).
Dan Nolan is accomplishing quite a lot with the Ardrahan prefix and, in fact, a son of that outstanding dam, Ardrahan Zindi, whose mother is none other than Ardrahan Espreso, was a beaten semi-finalist in the Boylesports Derby at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night. That was, of course, Monraud Thunder.
Good breeding tells, doesn’t it?
A winners’ purse of £175,000 is guaranteed in the English Derby for the next five years and, according to Kevin Boothby, the promoter at Towcester track, it could be even more than that.
Imagine how that will incentivise the lrish challenge!
An open race at Tralee on Friday night (won brilliantly by Misty Opinion) carried a purse of €325, yet similar races at Shelbourne Park are carrying purses of €750. Serious inequity there, is there not?