Volcano erupts with record Clonmel run
Pat Dalton's great staying bitch Volcano gave another exhibition at Clonmel on Sunday evening when breaking the track record in the semi-final of the Greyhound & Pet World Open 790 and she will be one of the star attractions at next Sunday's Gala Meeting in conjunction with the National Meeting.
When you consider that Volcano, a daughter of that phenomenal stayer Flying Winner, was only third until approaching the fifth bend and yet won by nine lengths from Glorious George in 43.83 gives you can idea of the quality of the performance.
Her time was 90 spots faster than Ballymac Bonnie's clock in the second heat. But Liam Dowling's bitch was clipped from behind and lost her momentum when taking the lead on the fifth bend. To her credit, she got going again and grabbed a half-length victory over Kilcrea Hawk.
Graham Holland had a 1-2 in the first semi-final of the Red Mills/TSC Open Unraced Stake where Ballydoyle Honey unleashed a big finishing burst to beat her kennel companion Riverside Gold by a length and a half in 28.54. The other semi was won by Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Oisin which flew from traps and came home three-and-a-half lengths clear of Liscahane Royal in 28.73.
Incredible as it may seem in this country, but an Irish-bred, British-trained hurdler was voted UK Greyhound of the Year on Sunday by the Greyhound Writers' Association.
Hurdle racing is very much the forgotten side of the game in Ireland while hurdle enthusiasts across the water also claim it is in decline over there. Yet Cornamaddy Jumbo was voted top dog ahead of all their better racers. It really was a very surprising decision.
Variety is hardly the name of the game at Harold's Cross this evening where there are 11 races over the 525 yards distance. One often wonders where have all the 550-, 570- and 750-yard graded racers gone?
Anyway, there are 11 winners to be found and two make particular appeal. One is the Davy Reynolds-trained Boyneside Kina (8.21), a fine-looking young bitch that has shown considerable promise but has enjoyed little luck in her two outings around Dundalk. This lady has pace and if she can come away a little better here she should be well capable of winning this A6. Then we have the Noel Walker-trained Faypoint View (9.21) which has run in open grade and will appreciate the drop to A3. He should win.
Declan Carey, meanwhile, is looking for a few entries to make up a 12-dog Puppy A1/2 sweepstake at Shelbourne's Dunne Memorial Final card on Saturday night.