Blue East was the winner of the Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select 525 Final at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium. Here he is with Willie Rigney, Gain Feeds Business Manager and winning trainer, Graham Holland on Saturday night. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday, April 27th
Pride of place on this card was the final of the €13,000 to the winner 2019 Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Stakes. Irish born UK based owner Larry O’Rourke has a tremendous strike rate with his runners in this event and this was further enhanced with an exciting success for his Blue East 7/2. Trained by Graham Holland Blue East disputed second place down the back stretch with the 1/1 favourite Newinn Lester as they chased the early paced leader Skywalker Jorge. ‘Newinn’ came to challenge ‘Skywalker’ between the final two bends but compromised his chance of victory swinging wide off the home turn. Meanwhile a tight railing Blue East came to join ‘Newinn’ in the home stretch. Staying on the stronger ‘Blue’ stormed home to deny ‘Newinn’ by a length with a gallant ‘Skywalker’ just behind in a time of 28.44.
Race 1, N0 525
Racing commenced with the four second round heats of the Open unraced event. Heat one saw the Maurice Whittle owned Nans Dream go off the 1/2 hot pot and he duly delivered in a speedy 28.69. Driving up the inside of Whitewood Lad at the opening corner ‘Nans’ was soon in pole position. Drawing clear thereafter ‘Nans’ went on to account for ‘Whitewood’ by eight and a half lengths.
Race 2, N0 525
In heat two Sean Carroll’s Forge Hawk made it back to back victories at odds of 6/1 in 29.47. Skipping clear of first bend trouble ‘Forge’ was never in any subsequent danger breezing in a length and a half clear of a hampered but running on Kellsboro Lady.
Race 3, N0 525
The penultimate qualifier saw litter sisters fill the first two places home. Vimms Dolly 3/1 motored into an early lead over Pretty Lady and Genuine Boom. When the latter two greyhounds collided off the home turn ‘Vimms’ streaked clear for a comprehensive nine lengths defeat of Pretty Lady in 29.23.
Race 4, N0 525
In the concluding heat Lemon Daithi 1/2 overcame a tardy start to land the spoils in 29.11. Junction John held the early call but gave way near the entrance to the back stretch to ‘Lemon’. When ‘Junction’ appeared to stumble halfway down the back stretch ‘Lemon’ forged clear for a four and a half lengths success over ‘Junction’.
Race 5, A6 525
In the first semi-final of the Track Supporters Club A6 stake the Zoo Members Syndicate owned and Joe Kearns trained Zoos Ellen 5/4 showed plenty of early speed to oblige in 29.22. Motoring into an early lead over Killiney Blaze and Pookies Millie ‘Zoos’ maintained a steady gallop in the lead running out a four lengths winner over ‘Killiney’.
Race 6, A6 525
In the second semi-final Pitstop Jet the 1/1 favourite came from behind before winning going away in 29.10. Gliding by the front running Minglers Raven on the back stretch ‘Pitstop’ quickly put this four-bender to bed romping to an eleven and a half lengths defeat of the dead heaters Minglers Raven and Suirview Charmer.
Race 7, A3 525
The first semi-final of the Nans Kennels A3 event saw Nans Missile 6/4 record a double for owner/breeder Maurice Whittle in a career best 28.80. With Fagans Sparrow edging out on the run up ‘Nans’ secured a trouble free passage up the inside grabbing an early lead in the process. In a one sided affair thereafter ‘Nans’ motored clear for seven and a half lengths defeat of the always prominent Curly Rocky.
Race 8, A3 525
In the second semi-final Ya Never Rang 6/4 put her early pace to good use making all the running in 28.86. Boiler Boy and Rastafari Star gave chase throughout but ‘Ya’ was not for catching accounting for a running on ‘Rastafari’ by two lengths.
Race 9, AA0 525
Race 10, A2 525
Pookies Plan Cee gave it a good go from the front but the eventual winner Bytheway Jack 4/6 was always in the leaders slipstream. Trained by Peter Cronin ‘Bytheway’ produced the stronger finishing kick coming through for a length and a half defeat of ‘Pookies’ in 29.01.
Race 11, A1 525
The admirable winning run of Ballyhi Bay 5/4 continued in the lucky last winning for the sixth consecutive time returning a winning time of 29.00. Bulldozing his way past Glenbrook View at the opening bend ‘Ballyhi’ was soon on course for victory number six ahead of Our Jim and Milking It. While the latter two entries closed in on the leader ‘Ballyhi’ held firm to triumph by a length from ‘Our’ with ‘Milking’ the same distance away in third.