Greyhound racing: Jeru turns on the style to land surprise cup success
Jeru Cavendish, which won his trial stake at Borris In Ossery this season and was beaten a length in the second round of the Boylesport.Com Derby, proved a surprise winner of the €80,000 JP McManus Irish Cup at Limerick Racecourse yesterday.
Jeru Cavendish defeated the long-odds favourite Killimor Matey in the final of a disappointing three-day meeting.
On the opening two days there were a lot of greyhounds going 'unsighted' -- or off line -- so there were quite a few upsets.
Jeru Cavendish, owned by Miss Jenna M O'Donoghue from Cree, Co Clare and nominated by former Labour leader Dick Spring, was a 33/1 outsider before coursing commenced and a 5/1 chance yesterday morning.
He was involved in a no-course in the quarter-final against Smart Touch but won the re-run in a straight run up.
He was then the outsider of the quartet before the semi-final, but he withstood a strong late challenge from the much-fancied Chelsea Speed in the semi-final, where he looked really impressive.
At the top of the draw the 7/1 long-odds favourite Killimor Matey put out Whitestone Rai by two lengths and then came from behind to dispose of Windfarm Eiscir by four lengths. In the final, Jeru Cavendish was smartly away and raced away to a six-length success.
The Irish Plate was won by Mrs Marie Field's (Patrickswell) Kyle King, which shared this year's Champion Stakes with his kennelmate, Kyle Ranger. In the decider he proved two lengths faster than Ashmore Sambo.
The Irish Plate went to Dessie Gilroy from Belfast as his Ballyhill Seles defeated Righttogowrong.
The All-Aged Bitch Stake, and the €10,000 prize that went with it, was secured by the Gaisce Syndicate from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, when their Gaise Mor proved too good for Captown Lucy.
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