Bully and Sugar Ray show class
The big boys stepped up to the plate when the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger second round was run at Limerick on Saturday night.
The headlines from the first round had been the defeats of the ante-post favourites Roxholme Bully and Tyrur Sugar Ray but they gave ample proof as to why they are sitting astride the betting lists on the 550-yard Classic.
Tyrur Sugar Ray had a terrible trap draw in the second heat but PJ Fahy's brilliant dual Derby finalist made one of his best ever starts and chased the early-paced Riptide Movement to the bend.
Four lengths behind down the back, he really upped the tempo from halfway and hit the front off the final bend before winning by three lengths from Riptide Movement in 29.66.
Owen McKenna's Roxholme Bully adopted a more straightforward path to victory in Heat 7 where he broke fast and shook off Cabra Buck before the bend and then went on to post the fastest time of the night, 29.63, as he saw off Farloe Trent by three lengths.
Emerging star Skywalker Farloe showed that the O'Donnell kennels will have a big say in the Classic.
He went to the bend just behind Mind The Net and then asserted down the back straight as he registered a five-length victory over Lughill John in 29.76.
The other heat winners were Stone Boy King in 29.92, De Real McCoy in 29.98, Rockview Turbo in 30.32, General Wolf in 29.99 and Ringtown Snowy in 30.10.
Anton Butler's Norristown Bud was fastest in the heats of the Gain Feeds Select Stakes at Waterford when proving three lengths too strong for All About Ya in 28.53.
In the other heats, Owen McKenna's Vanrooney got up to beat Holycross Gerry by half a length in 28.85 while Reggie Roberts' Mistaken was half a length too good for Farloe Calvin in 28.60.
The semi-finals of the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup were run at Drumbo and there was a brilliant run from Ronnie McKeown's Atitboy, which had eight lengths in hand of Work Me Lord in 28.31. Aero Nemesis won the other heat when five lengths too good for China Special in 28.85.
Leading greyhound sponsor John Boyle has a real Classic prospect in his recent acquisition Boylesports Hero, which was a most impressive winner of the Zero Ten Puppy Stake at Shelbourne. Trained by Brendan Matthews, he has terrific pace and he went past Champagne Jackie down the back to win by three and a half lengths in 28.27.