Sunday 8 December 2019

Redzer Ardfert makes St Leger history

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On a spectacular weekend of racing, Ireland's Redzer Ardfert took the headlines when becoming the first greyhound trained on these shores to capture the St Leger at Perry Barr, outside Birmingham, on Saturday.

The Brendan Maunsell trained powerhouse is amongst Ireland's best over six bends and he rewarded his sporting owners, taking the £15,000 prize in decisive fashion. He will now be targeted at the Michael Fortune Night of Stars on Saturday, November 30.

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Closer to home Graham Holland was in imperious form. At Limerick he took two of the semi-finals of the Friends Of Limerick Irish St Leger, and sent out three of the five heat winners in the opening round of the Shelbourne Open Puppy at Shelbourne Park.

Wolfe was the undoubted star for Holland at Limerick in the opening heat, coming home in 29.55. Holland also won the final heat with Totos Park in 30.10.

The remaining heat saw Liam Dowling's Ballymac Anton racing clear in the second half of the contest to win by six lengths in 29.82.

Newinn Taylor set a brilliant standard for Holland at Shelbourne Park in the opening round of the Open Puppy 525. He was in a different league to his rivals as he recorded a 28.04, maintaining an unbeaten career record in the process.

Rathcoole Fox was next fastest, winning in a rapid 28.12 for Holland, while Knocknarea Run was his other winner in 28.57. The remaining heats went to Ballymac Inspeed in 28.52 and Swanley Bale in 28.44.

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