The greyhound racing year in Dublin finished at Harold's Cross last night and will begin again on Tuesday, January 3 at the same venue, with Shelbourne Park reopening two nights later.
Despite the current economic climate, it has been a successful year at the tracks and a hectic December was the icing on the cake. The Christmas party scene attracted big crowds throughout the month and also generated impressive betting figures for both the tote and the bookmakers.
Thursday's meeting at Shelbourne saw leading owner PJ Fahy and his trainer/son Conor strike a couple of items off the family wishlist.
In all his years racing PJ had failed to win a Bitch Stake -- but this was rectified when his 31st finalist Tyrur Mozzletoff won the €5,000 Christmas Oaks final.
Adding to the sweetness of the occasion was Tyrur Mozzletoff becoming the fastest bitch around Shelbourne when clocking a sizzling 28.21. Yet, her winning margin over Lemon Velvet was only a length and a half.
The favourite Cabra Millie charged the traps early and missed her break, never getting into the race at any stage.
Tyrur Mozzletoff will now head the Fahy team for the Sporting Press Irish Oaks, which is some distance away yet in May.