WITH JANUARY a relatively quiet month in the greyhound racing calendar, Wexford runners are still making their mark at Waterford track.
Owner George Roche from Barntown scored a fine double there, with both dogs winning in identical times of 28.95.
Brother Jo was first up and he had a good battle with Zara Wings. Jo led down to the third bend but Zara was right on his heels and looked a big danger as they turned for the judge. Brother Jo stayed in tight off the final corner, with Zara checking outwards, and the race was duly won as Jo went on to score by two lengths.
Lemon Jade also had to battle hard for the win as he had to give way at the opening corner to Mise Buick. Lemon came back up the inside at the third bend and in a driving finish got the verdict by half a length.
New Ross owner Philip Lynch saw his Toker Holly score an all the way win. After leading with a good dash of early pace, he was always in control to run out a snug three-length winner in 29.07 to record a sixth career success.
The Brendan Frayne (Wexford town)-owned Lorraine’s Machine had enough early on to get the opening bend and lead down the back but was being strongly challenged by Tomahurra Lily, who was making her move to be a big danger at the third bend.
Lily seemed to catch the leader’s back legs and stumbled, leaving Lorraines to run out a snug winner in a time of 29.21.
Enniscorthy owner Eleanor Turner scored another win, the latest of several recent successes.
This time it was her Sadie Thecooper who got off the mark when getting home by a length in a very messy race, with the lead changing several times before Sadie went on in a time of 29.94 to make it five Co. Wexford wins on the eleven-race card.
Trials have resumed at Enniscorthy track, and the few weeks will not be long going around before the action gets under way.