Vardy strikes early in Tralee's Juvenile Classic
There was again no racing at Shelbourne Park on Saturday but there was plenty of action all around the country.
The big event of the moment is the GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic at Tralee, and Denis Fitzgerald's Loskeran Vardy rocketed to the top of the ratings with an impressive pillar-to-post success in 28.59.
An impressive feat in the second round was Pat Buckley's record as he saw his five challengers all making it safely into next Friday's semi-finals. The quintet are Droopys Giroud, Droopys Pogba, Droopys Payet, Droopys Cabaye and Factotem Boy.
Leading two-bend performer Aulton Jet improved his already tremendous strike rate when running away with his heat in the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint at Curraheen Park on Saturday.
Pat Hogan's dog has now won 16 of his 19 career starts and he will take the world of beating in this. His time of 17.50 was the best of the round.
Liam Dowling's bitch Ballymac Belle was only eight spots slower as she got up late to win the second heat from Broadhaven Matt in 17.58.
The other two heat winners were Dermot Lehane's Parchments Lola in 17.63 and James O'Regan's outsider Breton Charlie in 18.18.
At the other end of the distance scale, the Yahoo Kennels Open 730 got underway at Waterford and the Tony Grassick-owned Cayan Tower showed her liking for the circuit as she flashed out of traps and was never challenged. She won by three and a half lengths from Novel Approach in 40.59.
Sean O'Neill's Jackeen Flyer was a clear favourite for the second heat and duly obliged, winning by six lengths from Kizomba in 40.99.