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Greyhounds: Dowling hits heights

Kerry trainer Liam Dowling grabbed the headlines at Shelbourne Park on Saturday when he provided two of the three winners in the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 and for good measure got a third dog through to next week's semi-finals.

Dowling opened his account with General Dogsbody in the opening heat.

This son of Tyrur Lomu broke fast from two and cleared the opening bend, where a melee behind, resulted in the well fancied Tyrur Domingo and Master Blaster hitting the deck to put them out of contention.

But General Dogsbody was untroubled as he raced on powerfully to enjoy an impressive two-length verdict over Razldazlbroadway in a fastest of the night 31.45.

His litter brother Ballymac Lomu followed his example in the very next heat as he also got away smartly and led all the way for a two-length victory over Aranock Hand in 31.68.

Paul Hennessy got in on the act in the final heat as De Ex Factor went on from Ashcarne Jack at the opening bend and raced away for a very easy four-and-a-half-length margin over Greenwell Viper in 31.60.

The Clonmel meetings fixed for Saturday and last night were postponed due to frost and they will be run tonight and tomorrow night respectively. Tonight's card features the heats of the Open Bitch 525 and the Open 750, while tomorrow's card is headlined by the semi-finals of the Open Unraced Stake.

Irish Independent