Owen Tubbritt, Waterford Blues Supporters Club presenting Kim Bergin with a Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium jacket for all her help in organising the Blues Supporter’s Club Fund Raising Dog Night at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, also included were Stan and Cian Bergin, Alan Forristal and Adrian Flanagan, Carl Pallas, Commericial & Operations Manager, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, Jimmy Maguire, General Manager, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday February 6th
The showcase race on this eleven race card was the final of the Trevor Swift sponsored Glencarra Construction A3 575 yard sweepstake. With the favourite Stripe Richie missing his break from trap one the well bred Mountaylor Law 5/2 bounded into an early lead. After shaking off the early challenge of On The Dry the Frances O Donnell owned ‘Mountaylor’ never saw another rival on his way to a facile six lengths win over a slow starting Deer Roan. Time 31.93.
Race 1, A6 525: The Liam Walsh owned and Jim Scully trained Tiddly Winks 4/5 got off the mark at the second time of asking winning out in 29.45.The always prominent Rains Maggie looked a big danger off the third bend but ‘Tiddly’ was not for passing staying on stoutly for a length and a half win over ‘Rains’.
Race 2, S4/S5 325: After poaching an early lead in a two bend dash the Eugene Dempsey owned Skyview Flash 3/1 set sail for home. Following a moderate start Rathsilla Messi finished best of the rest for second spot albeit four and a half lengths in arrears of ‘Skyview’. Time 18.06.
Race 3, A5 525: Coming in as a reserve into trap three the James Flynn owned Rathbally Toetoe 4/1 made no mistake leading all the way in 29.74. Dictating matters from the outset ‘Rathbally’ was not seriously tested on her way to a comfortable six lengths win over Tagalong Rose who raced in second spot throughout.
Race 4, A3 525: A fast starting Pinewood Diva made a gallant attempt to lead all the way but gave way between the final two bends to the eventual winner Whitefort Miley. Owned by Nancy O’Connor 5/2 shot ‘Whitefort’ saw the standard trip out to the limit to defeat ‘Pinewood’ by a length and a half in 29.19.
Race 5, A4 525: The Richard Gahan owned Narabane Black 3/1 defeated some better fancied opponents making every post a winning one in 29.72. In a one sided affair ‘Narabane’ was not extended hitting the winning line two lengths clear of Pine Lark. The winner was scoring for the third time.
Race 6, A3 525: The first of two winners on the night for Portlaw trainer Willie Finn arrived courtesy of the Ger Langan owned Gas Boy this 2/1 shot recording back to back victories in 29.21. Doing well to shade the opening turn from a fast starting Pine Ace Gas Boy cut loose in the second half of this race. At the winning post ‘Gas’ had all of eight lengths to spare over Pine Ace in 29.21.
Race 7, D2/D3 730: Tagalong Roy showed in front here but between the third and fourth bends 6/4 chance All About Pete shot into the lead on the fence. Owned by Willie Rigney and trained by Peter Cronin ‘All’ made the long dash or home. ‘Tagalong’ closed in on the leader off the home turn but digging deep All About Pete prevailed by a length in 41.68.
Race 8, A3 575: See introduction.
Race 9, A1 550: Track newcomer Classy Opinion 4/1 owned by Matthew Scurry produced a battling display to triumph in 30.43. Pressurised down the back stretch by both Sound Investment and Druids El Nino the early paced ‘Classy’ stuck to the task admirably to hit the winning line a head in front of a strong finishing Stage Zippy.