Sunday 18 February 2018

Good News makes Derby headlines for Guilfoyle

Good News posted the fastest time since the classic was first run over 550 yards back in 1986. Stock photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Good News posted the fastest time since the classic was first run over 550 yards back in 1986. Stock photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The appropriately named Good News was a hugely popular winner of the BoyleSports Irish Derby final at Shelbourne Park.

A huge crowd thronged the Shelbourne venue and they were rewarded with one of the great Derby final performances as Good News posted the fastest time since the classic was first run over 550 yards back in 1986.

After some absolutely hectic exchanges in the ring, Good News and Sonic went off the 7/4 joint favourites to land the €150,000 prize. But the outcome of the race was pretty obvious after ten yards as Good News flashed out of the two box while Sonic had it all to do on the outside.

Black Farren, running the race of his relatively young career, was two lengths second as they entered the back straight and now Sonic got his challenge into top gear as he moved third before the halfway mark.

But Good News is a very strong running greyhound and he was in supreme form as he led home Black Farren by two lengths in 29.37. It was then another two lengths to Sonic as he finished third in the Derby final for a second year.

The winner is trained in Cloughjordan by Pat Guilfoyle for his sister Sandra who owns the dog jointly with the breeder Mary Kennedy. They had caused more than a ripple when refusing a bid of €43,000 for the dog at the Unraced Sales over a year earlier.

This victory certainly justified that decision and the son of Definate Opinion and Pippy will go down as one of the great Derby winners.

The Derby Plate produced a great finish with the Peter Cronin-trained Cometwopass just lasting home to beat Ballymac Galway by a short head in 29.87 with Fast Fit Alex half-a-length third.

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