Successful expedition for trainer O'Donnell
AN open class race, over 550 yards was the feature event of a 10 race programme on Saturday night at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.
Lassa Expedition, successful last week, is in a rich vein of form at the moment and he was sent off the even money favourite to oblige for joint owners, Frank O'Donnell and Mike Costello, and trainer James O'Donnell.
Next in the betting at 2s was the 570 yard track record holder Toms Brett with the Tralee owned Head Piper at 3s. These three filled the placings with Lassa Expedition leading home Head Piper and Toms Brett taking the minor prize. An exciting race developed as Head Piper showed the best early to lead into the corner. However, this was where the race was won and lost as Head Piper ran slightly off the bend and allowed Lassa Expedition to nip up the rail.
To Head Piper's credit she regained the initiative on the far side, but could not shake off the attention of her pursuer and Lassa Expedition finally managed to pass the leader on the inner at the last corner. Keeping on well, he won by one and a half lengths in 30.27 with a length back to the third. Incidentally, the dam of the winner is Lassa Experience.
An open class 11 race winner with career earnings of almost €8,000, Lassa Expedition is from her second crop by Crash, the first mating being to College Causeway with the best of them being the three time winner, Took The Diva.
Quickest time of the night over the 525 yards trip came in the very last race on the card for grade A2. Although the top, Farran Vidic was put in at 5/4 to send punters home happy, they knew their fate early on as it was Jibberish who took a flier from three and maintained the gallop to come home a wide margin winner in 29.07.
The winner, who was without a victory since July of last year, was returning to her best form and is owned in Ballyheigue by Anne O'Connor.
Seamore Kristian produced a fine performance when winning the eighth race for grade A4. On her last appearance she was unfortunately knocked over, but the daughter of Head Bound - Mweevoo Rose doesn't appear to have suffered any long term effects as she bolted from traps to set up an all the way victory in 29.18.
The winner was sent off odds on at 4/6 and is owned in Ballyduff by Eileen O'Sullivan.
Ballycastle Zak has looked like an out and out sprinter since making his debut in October of last year and he got his chance to shine in the sixth race for S3 class.
Having shown fine early to lead, he looked as if he might win comfortably but Clover Blue Boy had other ideas and his late challenge only just failed by a head. Denis Lenihan and Robert O'Sullivan of Ballymac own the winner, who clocked a smart 17.86.
Millabbey Glenn won an earlier sprint and he also dipped inside the 18 second mark, when stopping the clock at 17.98. The fifth race winner Cloon River, who clocked 29.59 was returned at 5/2 but paid a whopping €33.70 win dividend to a €1 stake on the Tote.
Other winners on the night were: Dilton Stone 30.00 525; Elmas Rebel 18.23 325; Coolagown Law 29.97 525; Musketeer Man 29.65 525.