Greyhound Racing: Jet turns on the gas in Laurels
Droopys Jet confirmed his position as favourite for the Red Mills Irish Laurels with a powerful run in the second round at Curraheen Park on Saturday and is now a 3/1 shot to land the €30,000 prize.
The Fraser Black-trained Droopys Jet turned on the gas down the back and raced home a three-length winner in the fastest time of the night, 28.18.
This was four spots quicker than the next quickest, the 28.22 returned by Tom O'Neill's Glenanore Dancer in winning Heat 7. He got the better of Skywalker Jet as he led narrowly all the way and won by two lengths.
The other outstanding run of the round was the 28.27 from the reigning champion Knockglass Billy in Heat 8 as he held off Cathys Clown by three and a half lengths.
Next best on the night was Priceless Bolt as he led home a Paul Hennessy 1-2 in Heat 2. He took it up from his kennel companion Hot Pursuit on the first bend and then held on by a length to finish in 28.48.
The other heat winners were Borna Gem (28.68), Mistaken (28.54), Farloe Calvin (28.52) and De Real McCoy (28.71).
There was a terrific semi-final double for Galway father and son team of PJ and Conor Fahy in the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 at Shelbourne.
First into action was Tyrur Sugar Ray and he was in front starting down the back straight on his way to a powerful six-length victory over Gavins Legacy in 32.16.
Fifteen minutes later Tyrur Amelia also made every post a winning one as she stopped the clock in 32.28 after beating Priceless Rumble by three and a half lengths.
There was a fabulous new 41.11 record run over 750 yards from Owen McKenna's Airforce Duke. In only his second start over this distance, the Keith Doherty and Peter O'Toole-owned dog came home nine clear of Rockchase Reem.
John McGee's Jaxx On Fantasy will be the only unbeaten finalist in the Toals Bookmakers Northern Irish Derby at Drumbo Park next weekend after posting a 29.95 run in the first semi-finals. He sped clear for a three-length margin over Emily Next Door, with Captain Scolari also qualifying.
The second heat saw the favourite Graduation Day walk out of traps and he never got in a blow in a race where David Park's Lotus Paddy led all the way for a length-and-a-half verdict over Flagfield Tiny in 30.00. Gizmo Classic was a neck third.