Friday 23 March 2018

Greyhounds: Offshore makes Derby waves

Hopes And Dreams (red collar) turns the hare to beat Yellow River in the first round of the Derby at Powerstown Park, Clonmel
Hopes And Dreams (red collar) turns the hare to beat Yellow River in the first round of the Derby at Powerstown Park, Clonmel

PLENTY of shocks and a hint of controversy added to an exciting opening day to the National Coursing Meeting at Powerstown Park in Clonmel yesterday.

Offshore Eoin and Fives Treasure ended the day as the 3/1 favourites for the Derby and Greyhound and Petworld Oaks respectively.

Offshore Eoin was a hot order in the pre-coursing market and he was as low as 5/1 on some boards. But after he had survived a scary moment in his first-round outing, the Ian Reilly-trained dog was a hot favourite to land the dog classic.

His rival, Path Of Peace, went unsighted while Offshore Eoin also appeared to go offline momentarily but he re-sighted and took the turn with ease.

The controversy of the day belonged to the eagerly awaited clash of the Paul Matthews-trained kennel companions Here Comes Harry and Ashmore Master in the second last course of the day.

The white collar gained a handy advantage and so Ashmore Master was announced as the winner.

Then it became apparent that the dogs had worn the wrong colours by error and it was actually Here Comes Harry that wore the white and he was then declared the winner.

There were a few very unlucky losers on the day, particularly Tock Tick, which was in command in his course and lost sight and duly lost out to Ardfert Peter.

Main shocks in the Derby were the exits of the offline Hunters Glory and Uptown Abu, which was also a commanding leader until losing sight. Cuddly Man, a big market mover, went out tamely enough to Cuine Boy.

Two dogs that impressed greatly were the Maxie Collins-trained comrades Blueview Dan and Blueview Sam.

The standard in the Oaks was impressive and three bitches stood out from the pack.

Fives Treasure did a flying clock in gaining a long lead over Lady Bombshell and was a tight 3/1 chance yesterday evening.

The strongly gambled Emmas Goldrush also created quite an impression in beating Your Symbolic while, at the bottom, one had to be impressed with the running of Ravel Glory as he raced away from Marshals Duchess.

DERBY BETTING: 3/1 Offshore Eoin; 4/1 Blueview Sam; 6/1 Here Comes Harry; 7/1 Hopes And Dreams; 8/1 Belated Birthday, Go Home Hare, Solid Monk; 10/1 bar.

OAKS BETTING: 3/1 Fives Treasure; 4/1 Emmas Goldrush, Ravel Glory; 8/1 Fiery Sunset, Barrack Bimbo; 10/1 Feede Blonde, Cushie Victoria, Capetown Lucy, Cassiebeag; 12/1 bar.

Irish Independent

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