Sheriff captures Waterford's Select prize
The old saying has it that early pace is half the battle in any greyhound race. Well, in Saturday's final of the Gain Feeds Select Stakes at Waterford, early pace was the full story as Hee Haws Sheriff raced off with the €13,000 prize for owner Ciaran Burke and trainer Ian Reilly.
Hee Haws Sheriff is noted for his brilliant early pace and this was the reason for him going off at 7/4 favourite for the final with Shutthe Backdoor and Paradise Silva together at 5/2. From a pretty level start Hee Haws Sheriff soon asserted and he hit the first bend more than a length in front from Go Dex Go and Lemon Miley.
Hee Haws cut across and there was inevitable crowding on the bend with Paradise Silva and Tynwald Rodney the worst sufferers.
Out of the second bend Hee Haws was clear and by halfway the lead was at least seven lengths from Go Dex Go which was now showing just ahead of Lemon Miley.
Hee Haws did fade a little on the run-in but still won by three lengths from Go Dex Go in 28.73 with Lemon Miley a similar distance third.
Trainer Reilly indicated that Sheriff is now likely to have a lengthy break and the hope is that he will strengthen up to become an English Derby candidate.
Fred in flying form
It was a good night all round for Reilly as his Puppy Derby winner of last season, Quietly, did a satisfactory 28.66 trial before racing in advance of the Night of Stars where he will be entered for the BIF 525 contest.
Reilly's cup was filled to the cusp when House Doctor ran away with the concluding 575 at Shelbourne's all-open meeting to put himself in line for a place in the Droopys Nidge 575 next weekend. He won by seven lengths from Native Hut in 31.18.
Top run at Shelbourne was the 28.07 from Larry Dunne's Slippery Fred as he returned to his early-season form when he ran up the Dandelion Easter Cup. He flew out and won by two-and-a-half lengths from Laughil Bolt.
The featured Best Car Parks 750 final was won by Ann Moran-trained Two Bens which came home strongly to catch long-time leader Milldean Cougar by a length in 41.90. The other 750 contest featured a first win over the distance for the Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Lassie as she led home Ardrahan Zindi by two lengths in 41.76.