Greyhounds: College Maybe smashes track record
There was plenty of drama in the Joe Dunne Memorial semi-finals at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night, but the night's headline-maker was the Mossie O'Connor- trained College Maybe who set a new track record for the 525 yards at Limerick in winning a heat of the Feramo D Open 525 in 27.95.
This was a fantastic performance from the daughter of Ballymac Maeve as she became the first greyhound to break 28 seconds at Limerick. In the process, she took a whopping 26 spots off the old record held by Lass Cause.
College Maybe, a close relation to the great College Causeway, flew from the five box and was surely eight lengths clear of Barefoot Printer heading into the back straight. From here, she was never troubled as she won by a dozen lengths from Barefoot Printer.
The judge couldn't separate Paul Dillon's Bua Tommy and Patrick O'Connor's Toms Brett as they dead-heated in the opening heat in 28.59, while the other heat winners were Tommy Bolton's Head For Fame in 28.87 and Neilus O'Connell's Razldazl Bugatti in 28.69.
All eyes were on Oran Maestro in the semi-finals of the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stake at Shelbourne and he duly won, but only by the skin of his nose.
Oran walked from traps, was fourth to the bend, but then tracked Airport Captain down the far side.
He nosed ahead off the final bend, but only just held the challenges of Cashels Pride and Slippery Robert by a pair of short heads in 28.75.
Fastest time of the semi-finals was the 28.64 from Tony Grassick's Aoifes Hope. This smashing young dog was winning his seventh race on the trot as he flew to the bend and led by three lengths from Slippery Sooty entering the back. Slippery ran on strongly, but Aoifes was brave and held on for a half-length verdict.
Star performer on the Shelbourne card was Barefoot Duke as he provided the first leg of a Paul Hennessy double when beating Homeless Boy by four lengths in 28.33.
The double was completed by Money Talks in 28.62.
The final stage of the Festival of Racing will be staged at Clonmel tonight when CAMBUSHMORE can recoup semi-final losses by getting the better of Stonepark Crash in the sprint final (9.15).
BLUE TALENT looks nailed on for the Unraced Plate final (9.30) and JAYTEE DANCER may see off Piercestown Buzz in the 575 decider (9.45).