Greyhound racing: Panther on the prowl
THERE'S still no stopping young tracking sensation Milldean Panther, which extended his unbeaten career record to 12 as he raced home a four-length winner in the second round of the SIS Live Shelbourne Gold Cup on Saturday night.
John O'Flynn's sensation again had to battle hard to the opening bend, where he bumped his rivals out of the way and went on for another comfortable success in the fastest time of the competition, 29.60.
Milldean Panther is still a shade short of 100pc race fitness but he remains a hot favourite to continue on his unbeaten path through this valuable competition.
Second fastest on the night was John Linehan's battle-hardened Broadstrand Lad as he flew out of traps and led all the way for a two-and-a-half- length margin over the strong-finishing Slick Seattle in 29.62.
The shock of the round was the elimination of ante-post second favourite Rockchase Bullet as he again suffered a first-bend pasting and lost all hope.
This third heat was a tough affair, with Tibetan Skies checking when challenging on the third bend and Seamus Whelan's Piercestown Sand sweeping to victory in 30.05.
The final heat produced a dramatic finish as Pete Cronin's fast-starting Rockview Head held the big challenge of Airforce Roger by a short head in 29.79.