Friday 23 February 2018

Greyhounds: Havoc keeps calm to emerge from chaos

The Derek Kehoe-trained Slaneyside Havoc won an incident-packed Ted Hegarty Open Marathon final at Harold's Cross on Friday night.

The favourite, Seven Hills Lady, was knocked over at the first bend when about to hit the front and Slaneyside Havoc took a hefty wallop in the incident.

Taylors Riviera went on, but Slaneyside Havoc came storming back to lead on the seventh bend on his way to a six-and-a-half-length winning margin over Bubbly Eagle in 59.16, with Taylors Riviera a length-and-a-half third.

The other major final went the way of the strong favourite Ballymac Tipp.

Once Ballymac Tipp got away to his normal start in the final of the Tote Gold Collar, the result was as good as known.

The Liam O'Rourke-trained tracker raced clear to have the race sewn up by half-way.

Despite fading a little on the run-in, Ballymac Tipp held on by a couple of lengths from Rathglass Hero in 30.59, with Wise Signal in third.

Elsewhere on Friday night, the Owen McKenna-trained Bling Bling Buzz was an easy winner of the Greyhound & Petworld Kingdom Derby at Tralee.

He took the opening bend lead and then drew clear for a three-and-a-half-length margin over General Dogsbody in a flying time of 28.43.

The meeting scheduled for Clonmel last night was called off due to frost and the card, which includes the heats of the Open Unraced Stake, will now be run tomorrow night.

Irish Independent

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