Good news for Guilfoyle in Limerick
The Pat Guilfoyle-trained Good News claimed his overdue first major success when easily justifying odds-on favouritism in the final of the Greyhound & Petworld Golden Muzzle Open 550 at Limerick on Saturday.
Good News just led up to the bend, but then pulled clear to win by five lengths from Gulleen Billy in 29.56. Guilfoyle said that Good News will be given a trial at Tralee next weekend in advance of the Kingdom GAA Supporters Race of Champions.
There was a near record run from Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess in the second heat of the Barry's Tea Open 750 at Curraheen. She won by seven-and-a-half lengths from Chubbys Sarah in 41.16.
Pat Buckley's Droopys Smasher was also hugely impressive as she flew home to win by seven lengths from Yaya More Pints in 41.34, while the other heat saw Ann Moran's Benro Mickey getting up late for a half-a-length margin over Burgess Dubh in 42.13.
The draw for the English Derby was made at Towcester yesterday and Heat 25, to be run on Saturday night, will incredibly be a six dog Irish heat. Graham Holland has three of the six runners in the race - with only three to qualify.
The six are Holland's Ardrahan Zindi, Kiss And Hug and Sonic, Paul Hennessy 's defending champion Jaytee Jet, leading fancy Droopys Wilbury and High St Jesse.
Derby favourite Clares Rocket goes in Heat 6 on Thursday with Peter Cronin's Whoops Jack in opposition.