Tom leads night of shocks in Unraced semis
IT was shocks all the way in the semi-finals of the Red Mills Unraced at Clonmel on Sunday, with the fancied contenders failing to make it through to next Sunday's final.
Anna McLoughney's Liosgarbh Tom was the fastest heat winner when taking the first heat at 8/1. A slick start saw Liosgarbh lead to the bend, so he cleared the trouble that involved the favourites.
Airfield Paudie, Cabra Lou and Droopys Oddysey were all in first-bend trouble and Liosgarbh Tom ran on to win by half a length from Laughil Bolt in 28.93, with Clares Wonder a short head back in third.
There was also an all-the-way success in the second semi, where Michael Dalton's Express Max was left clear when the other runners were involved in crowding. Express went on to win by seven lengths from Shaneboy Frankie in 29.04, with Green Under a half-length third.
The final will be run on Sunday's major meeting, a fixture that invariably attracts the biggest crowd of the year.
It will be the middle day of the National Meeting Festival and there will be racegoers from all corners of the globe. In all there will be six finals; the remainder of the card will comprise high-class open contests over varying distances.
The two main supporting finals are the Christys Bolt Open Bitch Stake and the Greyhound & Petworld Open 790.
The trap draw will favour Declan Byrne's Melodys Diamond in the bitch final, with the five inside seeds likely to be involved in some crowding.
Following Shanless Becky's defeat and Sidarian Lisa's winning six-bend debut in the semi-finals, the 790 final looks an open event. However, Shanless Becky probably needed the run and this Corn Cuchulainn winner is worth another chance.
Brendan Moore has resigned as a member of the Irish Greyhound Board. A replacement is expected to be appointed in the near future.
A number of coaches are being organised to bring greyhound enthusiasts to the 'Wimbledon Show The Passion' protest on Monday, February 17. Currently three 50-seater coaches will be travelling from Cork via Rosslare and from both Galway and Limerick via Dublin. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preserving Wimbledon as a venue in London is of vital importance to the greyhound industry here.
€2,000 Pick 4
The Early Pick 4 Jackpot at Harold's Cross tonight will be guaranteed to €2,000 and will operate on the four races from two to five. One that should be included in combinations is Liam O'Rourke's Maxs Jodie (8.24), while an interesting runner on the card is Joe Horan's Maireads Bel (8.50), the first pup by Tyrur Sugar Ray to race.