There was no racing at Shelbourne but it was a weekend which featured some high-class performances and it began with the semi-finals of the GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic at Tralee where leading Miltown Malbay breeder Sean Meade supplied both winners, while trainer Pat Buckley got three of his runners through to next Friday's final.
Meade's Paradise Valdez led home Droopys Pogba and Droopys Cabaye in 28.95 and then Paradise Marco came from lengths back at halfway to win by three lengths from Factotem Boy and Loskeran Vardy in 29.04.
Owen McKenna enjoyed a treble on the Tralee card headed by Kirby Memorial Trial Stake winner Hazel Mixture in 28.78, while also scoring with Farloe Joey and Quantity Level. He added a further three at Curraheen on Saturday and Farloe Falcon was sensational when winning the Kirby qualifier. At least six lengths adrift at halfway, he flew home to win in 28.50. The other McKenna winners were Hot Trend in 28.41 and Redbarn Ace in 28.69.
In the semi-finals of the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint, Jerry O'Sullivan's Kilmoney Nala was an emphatic winner by five-and-a-half lengths from Ashgrove Shaw in 17.44 with Broadhaven Matt third. The hot favourite Aulton Jet had to battle hard to win the second heat where he got home by three parts of a length from Ballymac Belle in 17.47 with Pintos Moment third.
The final of the Ocean Feed/Greyhound & Petworld 525 final was won in runaway fashion by Paul Hennessy's Olympic Gorgeous in 28.29.
Tony Grassick enjoyed a great success at Waterford where his bitch Cayan Tower justified favouritism when leading all the way for a four-length margin over Kizomba in 40.76 to win the Yahoo Open 730.