Sunday 9 December 2018

Liberty is a hat-trick mum

Global Liberty was the talk of Shelbourne Park on Saturday. (Stock photo)
Global Liberty was the talk of Shelbourne Park on Saturday. (Stock photo)

Michael Fortune

It is unusual for a brood bitch to capture the headlines at a major greyhound meeting, but Global Liberty was the talk of Shelbourne Park on Saturday as three of her produce landed the €10,000 prizes on offer at the gala Night of Stars meeting.

First up was Are Nagini, trained by Liam Dowling, to win the Tadgh Hegarty 850 as she beat Aayamza Breeze by three-and-a-half lengths in 47.93. Later the litter-brothers Lenson Blinder and Slippy Cian won the Ted Hegarty 575 and the BoyleSports 550 in 30.72 and 29.37 respectively.

Both Lenson Blinder and Slippy Cian are trained by Graham Holland and he completed a Night of Stars hat-trick when Macaroon Cruz came through late to win the concluding Future Boy/Sporting Kennels 600 in 32.73.

One of the top efforts of the night was served up by the Pat Guilfoyle trained Cabra Hurricane, as his early pace proved too much for his rivals in the Droopys Nidge 525. He led by a length at the bend and won by four lengths from Skywalker Rafa in 28.34.

Donegal brothers Cathal and Adrian McGhee won the 850 with Ardnasool Jet, while the other winners were Towcester Story in 41.52 and Vancouver in 28.61.


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