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Ruth's kingo defends title

SATURDAY night will long live in the memory of Dolores Ruth, who must have thought she was in dreamland.

The Rathangan-based trainer flew in from her temporary base in London to oversee her three runners in the Betfair 600 final at Shelbourne Park and saw them finish first, second and third in the 600-yard classic.

Ruth was also able to view the third-round action from the English Derby at Wimbledon where her three runners completed a fantastic treble in quite identical fashion.

At Shelbourne, Rockchase Bullet and Razldazl Will raced neck and neck to the bend with Kingo in third. Will drifted a little wide and Kingo made his move as he went between the two leaders and showed the way into the back straight.

Once in front he was never going to be beaten and he created his own piece of history by becoming only the second greyhound to win this prestigious event in successive years.

Kingo raced on strongly to win by two lengths from his litter brother Razldazl George ,which ran on to beat younger half-brother Razldazl Will for second place.

Over at Wimbledon, Razldazl Jayfkay set the ball rolling when leading all the way to win Heat 2 of the English Derby in 28.48 and his younger half-brothers Razldazl Rioga and Razldazl Bugatti duly romped to unchallenged victories in 28.62 and 28.61.

Back at Shelbourne, there were two thrilling semi-finals to the Larry Dunne Open 525 and the big talking point was the brilliant 28.18 run from John Linehan's Droopys Cain .

Irish Independent