Burgess Superior was the winner of the The Crokers Champ @ Stud Open Unraced Final Sponsored by Treacy’s Hotel, Waterford at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium on Saturday last and the winning owner Sheila Spillane is pictured receiving the winners prize from Michael Power on behalf of the sponsors, Treacy’s Hotel, Waterford. Also included are Jimmy Maguire, Chairman Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, Kathleen Lennon, Racing Manager, JJ Fennelly, winning dog handler, Tom Power, Davy Power, Tom Daly, Brian Mackey, Damien Fleming, Ken Busteed and Ian Freyne, the winning dog was bred by Michael and Davy Power. Photos: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday July 7th
The final of the Crokers Champ @ Stud Open Unraced competition (winner €2,000) was the showcase event on a nine race card. Mays Buywise was sent off the 4/6 favourite but she started slowly and an early bump ended any chance of victory. Meanwhile up front Nans Dessie held the early call but when he drifted off the opening two bends Burgess Superior 6/4 bounded into the lead on the fence. ‘Burgess’ was never in any subsequent danger of losing out freewheeling to a comfortable six and a half lengths success over ‘Nans’ with ‘Mays’ just behind in third. The winning time was a speedy 28.58.
Race 1, A2 525 : Slaneyside Brady set a hot pace but was quickly followed by 4/1 chance Brynoffa Rosie. Owned by Master Eamon Mackey ‘Bynoffa’ swept into a third bend lead before racing on to cosy ten lengths defeat of Mustang Bound. Time 28.71.Brynoffa’ was recording a third career win.
Race 2, A6/A7 525: 4/1 shot Whitefort Stevie got off the mark obliging in 29.49. Avoiding trouble on his inside ‘Whiefort’ set sail for home ahead of Hard Tack. This order of running never altered throughout with ‘Whitefort’ prevailing by a length.
Race 3, A2 525: Tommys Wolf and Gifted Girl were the only two entries to avoid first bend crowding. Trained by Peter Cronin ‘Tommys’ 2/1 asserted on the back stretch before keeping on well for a three and a half lengths defeat of ‘Gifted’ in a career best 28.89.
Race 4, A6 525: Displaying plenty of early pace Kelpie Ted absolutely sluiced up in a best ever 29.27. Forging into an early lead over Corock Messi ‘Kelpie’ had this contest in the bag from some way out. In a one sided affair ‘Kelpie’ cruised to a thirteen lengths defeat of ‘Corock’.
Race 5, A3 525: Breaking in front Kingsmill Sprite 6/4 recorded the fastest return of the session leading everywhere in a brisk 28.56. Forging into an early lead over Safe Ferrari ‘Kingsmill’ never took her foot off the accelerator eventually winning out by three lengths over a running on Narabane Chief.
Race 6, A3 525: In a race marred by first bend trouble Slaneyside Owens 3/1 made every yard of the running obliging in 29.19.Chased throughout by Tagalong Sammy ‘Slaneyside’ increased his lead as this contest wore on. At the winning line ‘Slaneyside’ had seven lengths to spare over ‘Tagalong’.
Race 7, NO 525: See introduction
Race 8, A4 525: Making a positive start from trap five the Fiona Goff trained Definitely Banba 5/2 made every stride a winning one in 29.28. The opposition only ever had a rear end view of ‘Definitely’ as he cruised to a ninth career win by seven lengths from a hampered Ballydaniel Kats.
Race 9, A1 525: Vancouver the red hot 4/6 favourite brought up the double for trainer Peter Cronin coming back a second time to triumph in 28.75. The front running Vancouver was headed briefly at the penultimate bend by Our Boy Junior before regaining the lead. Some Dogs Do kept on well for second spot but was three quarters of a length in arrears of Vancouver at the winning line.