Monday 19 March 2018

Greyhound Racing: Jazz Girl seals Oliver double


Jazz Girl (4/1) was the highlight of a double for trainer Andy Oliver at Roscommon.

A 5lb penalty for last week's Killarney triumph took her weight to 10st 7lb, but Connor King's 5lb claim proved invaluable as Jazz Girl beat Cin Cin by four and a half lengths.

All Set To Go (6/1) kickstarted the brace when proving much too strong for his rivals under Gary Carroll in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Jembatt (7/1) made a swift reappearance following Sunday's Curragh fifth and the quick turnaround paid dividends as Michael Mulvany's six-year-old registered a length-and-a-quarter verdict in the Bet Online At Handicap.

Experience told in the mile-and-a-half Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden as the David Wachman-trained 11/10 favourite Murphy's Delight rallied gamely when headed by Ebaniya to get back up by a half a length.

Royal Run (66/1) was a shock winner of the Four Roads Mares Maiden and there was another surprise as 25/1 shot Big Generator prevailed in the Tote Mobile Betting Handicap Hurdle.

As fresh winds continued to oblige the 330-boat fleet competing in the Laser European Championships on Dublin Bay, local sailor Annalise Murphy acted as pathfinder for many of the visiting boats as she led her flight in both races.

The National Yacht Club sailor has three race wins so far to her credit in this qualification series, which ends after today's racing when the gold and silver fleets will be decided based on the standings to date.

Murphy looks set to top her flight of 45 boats and perhaps lead overall going into the gold fleet racing that starts tomorrow.

In the men's Radial event, Baltimore's Fionn Lyden tops the standings in the combined flights after two second places and a race win so far.

Capt Michael Kelly won the speed event and Bertram Allen finished fifth in the Grand Prix on the closing day of the five-star fixture in Gijon.

Kelly steered the 16-year-old mare Mo Chroi – which with former Capt Gerry Flynn won the Grand Prix at the Dublin Horse Show in 2007 – to a scorching round that left the rest trailing in their wake.

From a starting field of 37, there were 12 into the second-round Grand Prix decider, but both Kelly with Annestown and Denis Lynch with All Inclusive missed the cut here when racking up 13 and nine faults respectively in the opening round.

Irish Independent

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