Favourite doesn't disappoint in Cork
The Irish Laurels got underway at Curraheen Park, Cork on Saturday and there were a number of fine performances, although none could match that of Produce Stakes winner Grangeview Ten as he justified his position as the favourite for outright honours.
The Pat Guilfoyle trained star, who lit up the early rounds of the Derby, was sensational as he left his rivals standing on his way to a comfortable victory in an exceptional 28.00. Next fastest on the night was Doona Buck. He led from the corner in his respective heat to clock a fast 28.11.
2018 Derby champion Ballyanne Sim was one of the more impressive winners on the night. He faced a tough draw in Heat 9, but displayed all his brilliance to dominate from the outset stopping the clock in 28.19. Ballymac Anton came through for second.
Defending champion Rockybay Foley continued his love affair with the Cork circuit, claiming his 21 win at the venue in Heat 5. He scarcely saw a rival as he dictated from the start to begin his defence in fine style, seeing off Clone Blaze in 28.32. The southern classic will continue next Saturday when the final 36 runners will be halved again.
Meanwhile at Shelbourne Park, Graham Holland dominated proceedings in the opening round of the greyhoundsaspets.ie Open 600. Ballydoyle Valor was the fastest of his three winners in 32.14, while Herecomesdahoney (32.33) and Clonbrien Prince (32.47) completed the hat trick for the Golden based handler.