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panther sets irish record

IT was a sensational Saturday night on the greyhound front, with Tyrur Big Mike and Razldazl Will producing big runs in winning the semi-finals of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne, while at Curraheen Park Milldean Panther covered the 525 yards in the fastest time ever recorded on an Irish track.

Returning from a period at stud, Tyrur Big Mike has excelled in the competition and again left his rivals for dead on the run to the bend. Despite running wide, he was still a few lengths in front of Piercestown Sand and Royal Patrol and he was in no mood to concede, even though he again ran very wide off the final bend.

Tyrur Big Mike flew up the straight to win by four lengths from Razldazl George in 29.72, with his kennel companion Kingo a short-head third; it was a similar distance to Royal Patrol back in fourth.

Dolores Ruth will have three of the six finalists, with Conor Fahy accounting for two of the others after Razldazl Will came with a powerful run from halfway to head Tyrur Willyjoe on the run-in for a length margin in the other semi-final in 30.00. Owen McKenna's Pablo Supreme grabbed the other final spot back in third.

Milldean Panther set Curraheen Park abuzz when clocking 27.87 in a pre-racing trial, a time one spot faster than the National Record set at Drumbo Park by Leeview Jet. He may contest the Formula One Grand Prix next weekend.

Meanwhile, the Paul Hennessy-trained Barefoot Allstar finished second behind Mill Pegasus in his heat to qualify for next Saturday's final of the Scottish Derby. The favourite Boher Paddy was eliminated in the same heat.

Irish Independent