What's going to stop Tyrur Enda in the Pat Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park? That's the big question to emerge following Saturday's quarter-finals when PJ Fahy's dog produced another sensational run when winning in 28.11.
Putting his performance in perspective, the winning time gives Enda a four-length advantage over the next fastest greyhounds in the classic. Though trap one is not his ideal draw, the red jacket should ensure he has a trouble-free run in next Saturday's semi-finals and he looks a real banker to win this classic.
In the last of the quarter-finals, Tyrur Enda broke fast and led up narrowly from Tubbertelly Dubh. The latter ran a great race for a young inexperienced tracker and kept on well but Tyrur Enda was much too strong and strode to a three-length victory with Pablo Supreme two-and-a-half lengths back in third.
All four quarter-finals went with the lead. Tyrur Bucko provided the Fahy team with the first leg of a superb double when leading all the way to beat persistent challenger Huckabees Kid by a neck in 28.56. The Reggie Roberts' trained Dalcash Cardosa flashed out and won the second heat by four lengths from Kid Billzer in 28.38, while Graham Holland's reigning champion Sevenheads Bay showed he is a live contender again with a three-and-a-half length beating of Took The Okee in 28.40.
Offaly trainer Tommy Bolton won the final of the Agri Store Fair Warrior Sprint at Mullingar on Saturday with Exotic Diamond, a dog owned by his daughter Margaret. Exotic Diamond got away fast from six and led all the way for a length victory over Ms Deltafire in 21.67.