Thursday 14 December 2017

All About Flynn stuns favourite in Unraced final

The Peter Cronin-trained All About Flynn raced to victory. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The Peter Cronin-trained All About Flynn raced to victory. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There was a major turn-up in the final of the National Greyhound Sales Unraced final at Shelbourne on Saturday night where the 2/5 favourite Good News had to settle for second place in the €10,000 contest as the Peter Cronin-trained All About Flynn raced to victory.

The destiny of this prize was effectively decided between trap-rise and the first bend. Good News didn't get away too well and after a few yards the Willie Rigney-owned All About Flynn showed in front, pursued into the bend by the market leaders Jumeirah Bran and Good News. Jumeirah was denied room here and he checked wide where he had a good bump with Good News.

Now All About Flynn was three lengths in front in the back and, given the stamina in his bloodlines, he held Good News' best efforts by a length-and-a-half in 28.68 with Jumeirah Bran some five lengths third.

The €4,000 'B' final was won by the Michael Milne-owned Crinkill Mike in 28.94, while the 'C' final was won by Charlie Coyle's Coolavanny Brady in 29.04.

There was some terrific racing in the heats of the Mulvaney Bookmakers Memorial 600 with the Tom O'Neill-trained Ballyhooly Henry once again proving how he loves this testing trip. The Gain 600 champion got away racing in Heat 4, where Ballymac Matt was an absentee, and he was always in total control as he won by two-and-a-half lengths from Newlawn Simon in 32.13 with Karlow Melody in third.

Owen McKenna had a terrific heat double. His Farloe Joey gave a superb display as he led from traps and showed no signs of a letting up as he beat Vivaro Swift in 32.19. The McKenna double was completed in similar fashion by Water Fern as he flew out and beat Kilara Lexy comfortably in 32.40.

Other heat winners were Karlow Billy in 32.53 and College Paradise in 32.74.

Down at Limerick the final of the Bermingham/ Hooper/Dolan 600 was run and the top prize here was claimed by Glenquain Ivy which is jointly owned by Liam Kirley and Damien Cunningham. She led all the way to win in 32.59.

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