Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jaytee jets home in Easter Cup semi-final

The Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Jet produced the run of the night as he dominated the first heat and came home a decisive winner in 29.34.
The Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Jet produced the run of the night as he dominated the first heat and came home a decisive winner in 29.34.
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The semi-finals of the Easter Cup went very much according to plan at Shelbourne Park, with the favourites Jaytee Jet and Slippery Fred racing to impressive victories.

The Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Jet produced the run of the night as he dominated the first heat and came home a decisive winner in 29.34.

Skywalker Rory looked slightly threatening to the third bend but Jaytee Jet raced on powerfully and had two-and-a-half lengths in hand at the line, with Skywalker another length in front of Lenson Sanchez.

The other semi-final really concerned only two greyhounds, with Slippery Fred and Peregrine Falcon the principals throughout.

Derby finalist Peregrine Falcon closed to a length at the third bend but was forced to check and that was the end of the battle. From there, Slippery Fred skipped clear and came home some four lengths clear in 29.58, with Only For Life also making it through to the decider.

The line-up for next weekend's final is: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Slippery Fred, 3 Lenson Sanchez 4 Skywalker Rory (m), 5 Jaytee Jet (w), 6 Only For Life (w).

Witches Belle, owned by Edel Twomey from Midleton, was the star performer in the opening round of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick.

The Joe Dunne Memorial winner had this race sewn up at an early stage when she broke fast and then raced clear to win by nine lengths from Sparta James in 28.20.

It was another excellent night for trainer Graham Holland as he enjoyed a four-timer in the heats, three of them in exceptional times. Jo Jo Fantasy was fastest as he ran away with Heat 10 in 28.25, while kennel companions Clares Rocket (28.27) and Ballinakil Clare (28.32) were other very impressive winners.

Ian Reilly had a one-two in the final of the Supersprint at Curraheen where Quietly flew out and led home Hee Haws Sheriff in 17.14 - an improvement of 10 spots on the record formerly held by Sheriff.

Rastafari Chic won the Red Mills at Thurles.

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