Tuesday 17 September 2019

Killmacdonagh shows class at Derby

'Killmacdonagh is amongst the fastest females ever seen on these shores' Stock photo
'Killmacdonagh is amongst the fastest females ever seen on these shores' Stock photo

Ian Fortune

The Boylesports Derby came to life at Shelbourne Park over the weekend. Friday night's opening session of second round heats provided some top-quality racing but Saturday's concluding session raised the bar further.

There were astounding performances over the two nights but the display of Killmacdonagh in her demolition of Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko was extra special. Already the Oaks and International winner, Killmacdonagh is amongst the fastest females ever seen on these shores and her powers show no signs of waning.

She was headed in the early exchanges by both her high-profile rivals but the Kieran Lynch-trained starlet displayed fine track craft and immense pace to take charge passing halfway. She raced clear to win by four lengths. It's evident she has further classic glory in her sights.

Others to impress over the two nights included Grangeview Ten, Droopys Hunch, Droopys Pension, Slippy Cian, Toolmaker Me Dad, Our Surprise and Newinn Lester, but there were so many other performances of note.

With just 48 greyhounds remaining, it will get incredibly competitive from this point. For the first time in this year's Derby, Saturday's third round will see all the remaining greyhounds in action on the one night and there will be some real clues on offer.

It's no surprise to see Boylesports have promoted Killmacdonagh to 6/1 favouritism for the €140,000 showpiece but there are plenty of plot twists to come. All roads lead to Shelbourne Park on September 21.

Irish Independent

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