Greyhounds: Flying Vic shatters record
It was one of those amazing Saturdays with a series of massive performances and two magnificent record runs at different venues.
Ballymac Vic enhanced an already soaring reputation when becoming the first dog to break 28 seconds at Curraheen for the 525 yards -- he covered the distance in a sensational 27.94 in the second round of the Red Mills Irish Laurels.
This was an awesome performance as he left highly rated rivals flat-footed to the bend and then powered clear to win by 10 lengths from Allen Master and Shaneboy Spencer in a time that took nine spots off the old mark.
But others were not too far behind, with the Paul Hennessy-trained Money Talks flying from traps and leading home Derby runner-up Cuil Cougar by four lengths in 28.11. This was just three spots faster than Rachel Wheeler's Boherna House clocked in winning heat seven, where he was always in front and led home Shaneboy Felix by five and a half lengths.
Wheeler had a heat double as Camas Crash overcame traffic problems to win by two lengths from Razldazl Rioga in 28.56.
Meanwhile, at Shelbourne, the Phil Gough-trained Sparta Maestro equalled his own magnificent track record of 32.10 when winning the final of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 by seven and a half lengths from Oneco Cool.
This was a powerful performance as Maestro rocketed out of the six box and took the bend by about three lengths. It was an awesome sight to behold as he flew clear for a runaway victory. The Night of Stars beckons.