The winner of The Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select 525 Final at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium was Cabra Hurricane and the winning owner Paul Scally and Paddy Guilfoyle, trainer of the winning dog are pictured receiving their prize from Willie Rigney, Gain Feeds Business Manager. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday November 17th
Pride of place on a ten race card was the final of the 2018 Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Stakes which carried a first prize of €13,100. The Paul Scally owned and Pat Guilfoyle trained Cabra Hurricane was backed in to 4/6 favouritism to maintain his unbeaten run in the competition and duly delivered with aplomb in a smashing 28.29. Bounding into an early lead over Crossfield Well and Newinn Lester ‘Cabra’ was soon on course for victory. ‘Crossfield’ gave of his best in second place but it was ‘Cabra’ all the way for a two lengths defeat of ‘Crossfield’ with Newinn Lester three lengths further back in third.
Race 1, A2 525: Taking a flyer from her middle draw the Jackie Roche owned Rastafari Star 4/1 made short work of the opposition leading throughout in 29.01. Tiger Reef proved a constant threat in second place but ‘Rastafari’ would not be denied deservedly prevailing by two and a half lengths over ‘Tiger’.
Race 2, A5 525: A well supported Cloncunny Mick 4/6 ran out the easiest winner of the night sluicing up in a career best 28.74. Owned by JJ Scully and trained by Jim Scully ‘Cloncunny’ had the opposition on the stretch from an early stage forging into a clear lead over Pitstop Jet. In a one sided affair ‘Cloncunny’ cruised to a nine lengths success over Some Mischief.
Race 3, S3 325: In the Split The Plot sprint decider the David Kiely owned and Jonathan Rolle trained Rockys Pride 6/4 displayed plenty of early speed to make all the running in a brisk 17.79. Ballydaniel Sky fared best of the rest but ‘Rockys’ proved full value for his length and a half success over ‘Ballydaniel’.
Race 4, D1 730: In a six bend marathon Macaroon Cruz was despatched as the red hot 4/9 market leader but he made a hash of his start as Sound Chap made the long dash for home. Working his way through the field however ‘Macaroon’ managed to lead at the sixth bend. With the winning line in sight ‘Macaroon’ was upstaged by 9/4 chance Gifted Girl this Marian Gough owned and Philip Gough trained entry flying home on the rails to deny ‘Macaroon’ by half a length in 41.05.
Race 5, A4 525: Three Reds the warm 4/6 favourite made no mistake opening her account at the third time of asking romping to a clear cut success in 29.12. Taking command of matters early on ‘Three’ never saw another rival on her way to a seven lengths defeat of a running on Reality Assassin.
Race 6, A5 525: In the final of the Track Supporters Club A5 stake the Tina Finn owned and Willie Finn trained Genuine Banksey 6/4 made maximum use of his early pace making every stride a winning one in 29.28. Sprinting into an early lead ‘Genuine’ was never in any danger of losing out hitting the winning line three and a half lengths clear of a fast finishing Leahs Superior.
Race 7, A3 525: Just out of novice company Fagans Dream 1/1 made his presence felt carving out a pillar to post success in 28.96. Striking the front early doors ‘Fagans’ was tested throughout by Tomahurra Zuma but sticking to the task in hand ‘Fagans’ kept on well in the lead winning out by two and a half lengths from ‘Tomahurra’.
Race 8, AAO 525: Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Stakes – See introduction.
Race 9, AAO 525: In the final of the Noel Ryan Tree Surgeon Open event Blue East at 4/6 was the punters choice but after a bright start ‘Blue’ was bumped on the run up as Roaming Hero 3/1 motored into an early lead. Blue East eventually regained his momentum and while he was flying at the finish the Leamybrien Syndicate owned and Peter Cronin trained ‘Roaming’ dug deep to triumph by a head in a speedy 28.60.
Race 10, AAO/AO 525: Local trainer Peter Cronin also sent out the winner of the lucky last with the Margaret Walsh and Willie Rigney owned Enable 1/1 doing the business in a lively 28.40. Enable locked horns throughout with Ballyloughan Ivy but gradually gaining the upper hand ‘Enable’ stayed on strongly to deny ‘Ballyloughan’ by two and a half lengths.