Eamonn O’Sullivan is presented with his prize by Jimmy Maguire, Chairman, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, left, and Ger Dollard, Chief Executive of the Irish Greyhound Board, after he sent out Tycoon Rita to win the opening race, Welcome to Kilcohan Park 525, at Kilcohan Park in Waterford. The meeting was the first early morning meeting to be held at the track on Thursday last. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.
Kilcohan Park – Thursday January 3rd
The honour of winning the first race for 2019 on this early morning SIS card went to Tycoon Rita this 4/1 shot coming from off the pace recording a best of morning 29.34 in the process. Whiteys Sunrise and Airmount Speed disputed the lead up front for a long way but coming between this pair in the home stretch a fast finishing Tycoon Rita stayed on best to short head ‘Airmount’.
Race 1, A2 525: See introduction.
Race 2, A4 525: Enjoying the freedom of Kilcohan Park on the wide outside Michael Meade’s Carrowkeal Robbo 2/1 made full use of his early pace leading everywhere in 29.51. With Whistlemehome seeking the rails ‘Carrowkeal’ bounded into a first bend lead over Brykar Brea. This order of running never altered thereafter with ‘Carrowkeal’ obliging by four lengths.
Race 3, A5 525: Its My Time cut an early dash and looked the likely winner when blocking the path of Mikeys Whitty between the final two bends. Recovering the lost ground however Mikeys Whitty 2/1 renewed his challenge in the home stretch basically outstaying ‘Its’ by three lengths. Time 29.81.
Race 4, A7 525: Displaying plenty of early speed Carrigoe Bob made no mistake from his outside draw this 6/1 shot leading everywhere in 30.62. At the head of affairs throughout ‘Carrigoe’ held at bay the late charge of Rockmount Donna by a length.
Race 5, A5 525: The Pat O Neill owned Sing For Sally made no errors from her middle draw this 6/1 shot doing the business in 29.68. Despite being headed at the third bend by Coco Jet ‘Sing’ came back for more eventually proving a half a length to good for a running on Archaton Fly.
Race 6, A2 525: Snow White 7/2 returned to winning ways for Leo Dunphy making every post a winning one in 29.46. Denying a challenging Superb Elegance racing room rounding the first bend ‘Snow’ was soon on course for victory. Cill Dubh Style got going late for second hampering Four Amigos close home but was still a length and a half in arrears of ‘Snow’ at the winning line.
Race 7, A6 525: Corock Messi just loves this circuit and hit the winning trail again this 3/1 chance winning out in 29.94. Showing the way early on to Carrigoe Psycho ‘Corock’ was in no mood to lose his hard earned lead coming home two and a half lengths clear of ‘Carrigoe’.
Race 8, A5 525: A slick starting Minglers Tale 7/2 made every stride a winning one in 29.46. Owned by Eddie Moore ‘Minglers’ had the opposition on the rack from an early stage. Pitstop Jet finished best of the rest but was three lengths in arrears of ‘Minglers’ at the winning line.
Race 9, A3 525: The penultimate four-bender saw Chopper Diddums make every stride a winning one at odds of 6/1. Chased throughout by Prettylittleliar ‘Chopper’ never took her leg off the accelerator en route to a three and a half lengths win over Pretylittleliar. Time 29.53.
Race 10, A3 525: Nick Turner didn’t leave the fixture empty handed with his Nemos Geno sluicing up in 29.46. Quickly into his stride 11/4 chance ‘Nemos’ never saw another rival on his way to a comfortable six lengths defeat of Choppers Frosty.
Going rating. 525 yards. 20 slow.
A ‘heatlhy crowd’ turned out for this historic day in the history of Kilcohan Park and those involved were very pleased.
Carl Pallas, Commercial & Operations Manager at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, said: “The reaction to these meetings, particularly from local owners and trainers here in Waterford, has been positive. We don’t normally race twice a week in January, February and March. This allows us to offer the greyhound owners and trainers in those areas the opportunity to race their dogs, for guaranteed money, during these periods. That’s what we’re all about – making sure we give as much support as possible to the grass roots of the Irish greyhound industry.”
CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, added: “These early morning meetings give the IGB, and the Irish greyhound industry as a whole, further opportunity to showcase our racing product to the SIS audience and to build on the success of the meetings currently being broadcast throughout Ireland and the UK. We will continue to promote the product so that Irish greyhound racing can benefit from those exposures and revenues.”
Racing will continue from 8.12am in at Kilcohan Park on this Thursday, January 10.