Greyhounds: 'De ex' aimed at scotland
Paul Hennessy claimed his sixth Tote Gold Cup at Shelbourne on Saturday and then nominated the winner, De Ex Factor, as a challenger for the Scottish Derby which begins a week tomorrow.
Hennessy has farmed the Tote Gold Cup since it was first run but De Ex Factor left previous form well behind as he won this final in the most emphatic fashion. It was an amazing performance as the acknowledged big finisher flew from traps and defied catching.
In fairness to the favourite Thurlesbeg Joker, he ran on with gusto to chase De Ex Factor home but at the line he was two and a half lengths short. The winning time was a blistering 28.38. Fane Basher was a five-length third.
On the night Hennessy had a fine treble with Tyrur Quinn enhancing an already glowing reputation in winning the concluding 550 in 29.76. This fellow is going to be a major player in the Ladbrokes Irish Derby but he will first contest the College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup which commences next Saturday.
Hennessy said: "I knew he was capable of a really big run and the plan is to send him over to Scotland where he will have a trial around Shawfield next Saturday evening. Tyrur Quinn will remain at Shelbourne and will be in the Easter Cup draw."
It was also a memorable night for PJ Fahy, part-owner of Tyrur Quinn, who is also the owner/ trainer of Tyrur Christy, Tyrur Francie and Tyrur Bucko that completed a personal four-timer on the night.
Yes Boss and Jolly Poacher won the semi-finals of the Kudos Supersprint at Curraheen Park, while Accordello was the star of the second round of the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch with a brilliant 33.45 run at Mullingar.