The winner of the Ronan O’Gorman Decorator & Painter 525 Final at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 31st March was Stonepark Noel and owner, Michael-Sean O’Dwyer is pictured receiving the winner’s prize, also included were Christy Fitzpatrick, Shane O’Gorman, sponsor Ronan O’Gorman, Molly, Stacey and Evan O’Gorman, Michael O’Dwyer, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael O’Dwyer, Kathleen Lennon, Racing Manager, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium and Jimmy Maguire, Chairman, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium. Photos: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday April 7th
Owner/breeder John Roche enjoyed a double on this card courtesy of litter sisters Kingsmill Dior 6/4 and Kingsmill Sprite 2/1. Glenbrook View was out in front for a long way in the opening contest but the always prominent Kingsmill Dior produced the superior dash of finishing pace coming through late denying ‘Glenview’ by half a length.
Kingsmill Sprite came from near last to first recording a best of night 28.69 in race two. A slick starting Honest Suckle was challenged down the back stretch by Whitefort Scott and Great Occasion but it was all change up front in the home stretch as ‘Sprite’ cut through the pack to win going away by five lengths from ‘Honest’.
Race 1, A2 525: See introduction.
Race 2, A2/A3 525: See introduction.
Race 3, A3 525: Showing plenty of early speed the Emily Jane Mackey owned Brynoffa Honey 6/4 made every yard of the running obliging in 29.27. Chased for a long way by Harriestown Star ‘Brynoffa’ stayed on well at the head of affairs hitting the winning line with a length and a half to spare over a running on Gemsons Coco.
Race 4, A4 525: Making the quickest start of the night the Nicky O Regan owned and Willie Finn trained Our Macsam 2/1 made short work of the opposition leading everywhere in 28.89. Shooting into an early lead over Coco Jet and Monroe Beag ‘Our’ was never out of his comfort zone hacking up by six and a half lengths from ‘Monroe’.
Race 5, A4 525: In the first semi-final of the Dungarvan Shopping Centre A4 stake Foyle Lucy the red hot 1/2 favourite overcame a tricky outside draw to score going away in 29.13. Led to the home turn by a front running Turbo Diva ‘Foyle’ accelerated into the lead on the outside before accounting for Whiteys Juliet by four and a half lengths.
Race 6, A4 525: The second qualifier was a close run affair. Minglers Peanut led to the third bend before giving way to a rails running Whiteys Sunrise. Owned by Catherine Tuohy ‘Whiteys’ dug deep in the closing stages to see off the late charge of Flying Lola by a head in a career best time of 29.13.The winner was getting off the mark at the sixth attempt.
Race 7, A5 525: This four-bender is easily described with Corock Messi 2/1 making maximum use of his early speed to triumph in 29.32. A chasing Carrigoe Toddy stuck to the task well but a determined ‘Corock’ would not be denied obliging by a neck.
Race 8, A3 525: Longslip Billy 5/4 came from behind to register back to back victories in 29.01. Early doors Jaytee Dakota motored into an early lead over the eventual winner. Running out of petrol in the home stretch however ‘Jaytee’ gave way to a strong finishing ‘Longslip’ who came through to defeat Whitefort Nev by a handy four and a half lengths.
Race 9, A1 525: Despite a moderate break the Jimmy Power owned Classic Cliche produced a storming finish to eventually score in a smart 28.78. Reality Expects set a scorching pace leading early on from Kacys Nemo and Nans John. Classic Cliche gradually crept into contention however and utilising his proven stamina finished with a flourish to deny a gallant ‘Reality’ by a length and a half.