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Greyhounds: Nidge out as Maverik sets Waterford record


The number of late entries has caused the Gain 600 to be postponed until Saturday week (stock image)

The number of late entries has caused the Gain 600 to be postponed until Saturday week (stock image)

The number of late entries has caused the Gain 600 to be postponed until Saturday week (stock image)

Ante-post bookmakers got the perfect result on Saturday night when Droopys Nidge failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick.

His performance in the first quarter-final would have to be described as disappointing as he disputed the lead to the first bend and also into the third bend but lost ground at both bends and could not recover.

Victory in this first heat went to the Liam Dowling-trained Vulturi, which again gave an exhibition of inside running to take it up on the crucial third bend and then opened a three-length gap over Burgess Oscar in 29.82, with Cloon Glory taking the third qualifying spot.

Fastest heat winner was the Gerry Holian-trained Emers Superstar as he dashed clear to the bend and was a good four lengths ahead down the back.

General Wolf then produced a huge finishing burst which carried him to within a head of Emers Superstar by the line in 29.58. Borna Helena took the third spot.

Visually, the most impressive run came from the Pat Buckley-trained Paradise Silva in winning Heat 2 in 29.59. He had to battle for a clear run in the early yards but then burst clear and extended his advantage all the way before winning by six lengths from Castleivy Crash in 29.59, with Stone Boy King two-and-a-half lengths third.

The Thurles family team of Ruairi and Michael Dwan will have two bitches in the semis. Borna Helena qualified behind Emers Superstar and Borna Central produced one of her typical whirlwind finishing thrusts to grab a short-head victory over Hawaii Kinsale in 30.12, with Ballyana Foxtrot a length-and-a-half third.

Paradise record

Pat Buckley's Paradise Maverik has been a rapid improver in recent months and he was sensational when posting a new track record time in the semi-finals of the Gain Select Stakes at Waterford.

Maverik raced to the bend with Lemon Miley but hugged the inside rail and led on the bend. From here he turned on the turbos and drew right away to win by a growing seven lengths from Lemon Miley in 28.01, an improvement of eight spots on the old record.

Vimmerby, which had no run early, stayed on to take the third spot.

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The other semi was decided by the early pace of the Pat Guilfoyle-trained Newlawn Impact as he took it up on the bend after an untidy start and then built up a sufficient cushion to withstand the challenge of Southest Suzie by a length-and-a-half in 28.36.

The other qualifier for the final is Farloe Calvin, which touched off the hampered Mind The Net.

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