The winner of the Gain Dog Nutrition Select Stakes Final 2017 was Lughill Robbie and Rachel Holland is pictured accepting the trophy from Brendan Ahern from Gain. Also included were trainer Grahan Holland, Phil Meaney, IGB Chairman, Willie Rigney, Gain Feeds Business Manager, Tommy Dunford, Billy O’Dwyer, Irish Greyhound Board, Jimmy Maguire, Chairman KPGS, Carl Pallas, Operations & Marketing Manager, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium and Kathleen Lennon, Racing Manager, KPGS. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday November 11th
After an impressive semi-final win Black Farren was despatched as the 1/1 favourite to capture the final of the 2017 Gain Dog Nutrition Select Stakes (Winner €13,100) but making light of the heavy underfoot conditions it was kennel mate Lughill Robbie 3/1 who made all the running in 28.56. Trained by Graham Holland ‘Lughill’ produced the superior burst of early pace to corner in front. Escaping first bend traffic problems Kingsmill Manuka went in hot pursuit of ‘Lughill’ but the latter was not slowing down on his way to a three lengths success over ‘Kingsmill’.
Race 1, A1 525: The first of four winners on the night for Graham Holland arrived via the early paced Newinn Trump this 3/1 shot leading all the way in 29.11. ‘Newinn’ quickly asserted up front ahead of Moorstown Bobby. This order of running never altered thereafter with ‘Newinn’ obliging by a length and a half.
Race 2, A2 525: In the first of two semi-finals of the Droopys Stud A2 event Kingsmill Dior 3/1 made no mistake making every yard of the running in a career best 28.87. The opposition only ever had a rear end view of ‘Kingsmill’ as she cruised to a two and a half lengths success over Go Jet Go.
Race 3, A2 525: The second A2 qualifier produced a deserved win for High St Bono this 2/1 chance coming from behind to triumph in 29.09. After a tardy start ‘High’ drove up the inside of Whitefort Nev and Honest Suckle at the third bend. Once in front ‘High’ went on to account for Longslip Bobby by three and a half lengths.
Race 4, NO 525: Droopys Ant was despatched as the 1/2 hot pot to capture the final of the Greyhound As Pets Open Unraced stake and she did not disappoint preserving her unbeaten tag with aplomb in a best of night 28.53. Gliding into a first bend lead over Minglers Venom and Droopys Lagoon ‘Droopys’ was never in any danger of defeat freewheeling to a five lengths defeat of Droopys Lagoon. The winner is owned by Sean Dunphy from Portlaw.
Race 5, A2 525: Fantasy Joey 6/4 made no mistake registering a comfortable success in 29.04. Accelerating into a first bend lead over Definitely Banba ‘Fantasy’ was never in any danger of defeat proving four and a half lengths to good for ‘Definitely’.
Race 6, A4 525: Glanmire Danny 4/6 got off the mark at the second time of asking posting an emphatic pillar to post success in 28.93. Motoring into an early lead over the chasing pack ‘Glanmire’ was not extended on his way to a facile eight lengths defeat of Tomahurra Dash.
Race 7, A3 575: The final of the Kingsmill Messi A3 stake went the way of 5/2 shot Leamaneigh Fort who made every stride a winning one in 31.60. Showing the way early on to Triple A Pine ‘Leamaneigh’ never took his leg of the accelerator eventually winning out by a length and a half from ‘Triple’.
Race 8, AAO 525: See introduction.
Race 9, A1/A2 525: Taking a flyer from her middle draw Lilcain the 1/1 favourite made no mistake with a pillar to post success in 29.04. Owned by Gerry Mulligan and Eileen Smyth Lilcain was in complete control from the outset leading early on from Metric Lilly before easing her way clear for a comfortable seven and a half lengths defeat of a running on Glenbervie Ann.
Race 10, AAO/AO 525: Droopys Pogba a 6/4 shot did the business in 28.90. Gliding into an early lead ‘Droopys’ proved full value for a four and a half lengths defeat Master Grizzley.
Going rating. .20 slow.