Drive On Mike was the winner of the Crokers Champ @ Stud Open Unraced Final at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium and John Treacy from the sponsors, Treacys Hotel, Waterford is pictured presenting the winner’s prize to Helen O’Donovan. Also included are Jimmy Maguire, Chairman, KPGS, Kathleen Lennon, Racing Manager, KPGS, Ella and Shóna Treacy, Sean Cronin, Christopher and Joanna O’Donovan. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Friday July 14th
An eight race card featured semi-finals of three sweepstakes run in conjunction with the Dublin Coach festival of racing.
Race 1, A4 525: The Eva Manogue owned Random Ruby was sent off the 4/6 market leader and did not disappoint obliging in a career best and fastest of night 28.80. Taking full control of matters off the second turn from Zip Express ‘Random’ drew clear accounting for a running on Mattys Coutinho by five lengths.
Race 2, A7/A8 525: Coris Moments made a gallant attempt to lead all the way but as this race wore on Forge Scolari 4/6 closed in on the leader. Staying on strongly the Sean Carroll owned ‘Forge’ finished full of running to basically outstay ‘Coris’ by four lengths in 29.41.
Race 3, S4 325: In the first semi-final of an S4 sprint event the Tom Drohan owned Bregawn Bran 3/1 recovered well from a slow start coming through the field to deny a wide running and always prominent Our Sasha by two and a half lengths in 18.00.
Race 4, S4 325: In the second qualifier the early leaders Ballygunner Sky and Ballarue Ian drifted wide between the first and second bends. Taking the shortest route home Rathsilla Messi 3/1 picked up the running before holding the renewed challenge of ‘Ballarue’ by a neck in 18.15.
Race 5, A6 525: The first semi-final of an A6 event saw Brigadier Razler 4/6 come from behind to win out in 29.20. Trained by Peter Cronin ‘Brigadier’ took over in the lead on the back stretch from the front running Kacis Peppa before motoring clear for a three lengths defeat of Ballydaniel Sky.
Race 6, S4 325: In the first semi-final of a second sprint competition the Peter Cronin trained Milltown Magic 1/2 quickly took control of matters before accounting for Brynoffa Honey by two lengths in a decent 17.82.
Race 7, S4 325: The second qualifier saw Scotchrath Ali 2/1 cut an early dash from T1 but when she drifted wide off the second turn Altesse Paradise 6/4 took advantage of the situation to come through on the fence. In an exciting finish ‘Altesse’ held at bay the renewed charge of ‘Scotchrath’ by half a length in 18.14.
Race 8, A6 525: In the second semi-final of the A6 event Knockstown Lady made the best possible start but had no answer to the back stretch challenge of Ardera Love. Owned by Willie Brennan ‘Ardera’ made the best of her way home eventually proving a length and a half to good for a staying on Cloncunny Peg in 29.36.