Airfield Paudie sends Sir Paddy packing
The Red Mills Unraced at Clonmel is building up to a tremendous climax but one of the major fancies, Sir Paddy, made his exit from Sunday's third round.
In the previous round Sir Paddy had come from some distance behind Airfield Paudie to gain a half-length victory in the round's fastest time of 28.67.
The two dogs were drawn together again on Sunday but the draw was much kinder to the early-paced Airfield Paudie, which was supported into odds-on favourite to reverse placings.
The punters were proved correct as Airfield Paudie, trained by Denis O'Malley, didn't see another greyhound in the race. He was chased hard all the way by Cabra Lou but Airfield was always holding her and won by a length in 28.59.
Shaneboy Frankie was third all the way and he kept Sir Paddy, which was slowly away and crowded on the first bend, out of the competition by a length.
Rachel Wheeler's Move Over Hughie was next fastest when winning the opening heat in 28.86 from Cahernaheena Lad, and Fraser Black's Droopys Oddysey finally opened his account when a length winner of the third heat from Liosgarbh Tom in 28.92. The other winner was Michael O'Donovan's Laughil Bolt, which overcame traffic in beating Green Under by a length and a half in 29.38.
Droopys Oddysey appeared to have little chance when eight lengths adrift at halfway. However, he flew home and so provided a good start to what could be a vital week for his owner Paschal Taggart in his bid to keep greyhound racing alive at Wimbledon.
The inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will be looking into the planning aspects of both proposals at Merton Town Hall tomorrow and Thursday.
BLAZE TOPS MARKET
The draw for the semi-finals of the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne has certainly thrown the cat among the pigeons, with six of the leading fancies drawn together in the first semi-final.
Graham Holland's Sidarian Blaze remains the favourite after drawing the vital inside trap in a difficult contest.
He normally flies to the bend, while Focus On Carlow, in two, breaks fast and moves immediately to the middle of the track. This will not help the causes of Deanridge Pennys and Tyrur Arthur, while the two outside runners Jackal Frampton and Kingsmill Sky will have their own battle.
The best prices on offer for the stake are 2/1 Sidarian Blaze, 4/1 Deanridge Pennys, 8/1 Razldazl Pacino, 9/1 Jackal Frampton, 12/1 Jaytee Seville, 14/1 Millies Tavern, Tyrur Arthur, 16/1 Coppeen Maeve, Borna Native, Focus On Carlow, Kingsmill Sky, 66/1 Barnish Lane.
The annual Youghal track awards will be presented at the track during Friday's meeting and there will be free admission and finger food for all.