Dog chat: Music strikes perfect note
Deerfield Music lived up to his lofty reputation with a brilliant performance in the final of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne Park .
Trained in Castleisland by Mossie O'Connor for Florida-based Listowel native Fr Bryan Dalton, Deerfield Music finally got his starting right as he flashed out of the inside trap and just led up from Boxie.
The latter was baulked on the opening bend and Farloe Force chased Deerfield Music into the back straight. But Deerfield Music ranks among the fastest greyhounds in training and, maintaining a very strong gallop all the way, ran out a two-length winner in 28.58.
After missing the start, Mozzletoff performed extremely well to get up for third some seven and a half lengths back.
Meanwhile, at Limerick the Michael O'Donovan trained Judicial Academy clocked the fastest time in the semi-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick on Saturday.
Pat Daly's dog swept to the front on the opening bend and raced on powerfully for a four-length margin over Beaming Dilemma in 30.08. Westmead Bolt qualified for the final a half length adrift.
The other heat saw the Owen McKenna-trained Farley Turbo recover from a slow start to get up on the line for a half-length margin over Nicken Shaw in 30.51.
This was quite a messy race that saw Nicken Shaw lead for virtually the 550 yards. Hare Mack finished strongly to claim third place and a spot in the final next Saturday.
The Mullingar card was abandoned after six races due to freezing fog and a decision will be made today as to when the five lost races will be run.