Willie Rigney, Gain Feeds Business manager and Jimmy Maguire, Chairman, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium pictured with the first three home in the Gain Greyhound Nutrition 525 first semi-final, Peter Cronin with winner Crossfield Will, Decky Thompson with second placed Budgie Wudgie and Tommy Dunford with third placed Newinn Lester.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday November 3rd
A ten race card showcased the semi-finals of the 2018 Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Stakes. The opening semi-final produced the fastest run of the session with the Peter Cronin trained Crossfield Will 3/1 emerging victorious in a best of night 28.58. After getting the better of a protracted duel with the early leader Newinn Lester ‘Crossfield’ dug deep close home for a neck success over a fast finishing Budgie Wudgie.
Race 1, A1 525: Drive On Betsy 4/6 made no mistake leading throughout in 28.79. Firing herself into an early lead over Bull Run Beauty ‘Drive’ was never out of her comfort zone en route to a five lengths win over ‘Bull’
Race 2, A2 525: 5/1 chance Reality Expects returned to winning form for owner Paul Quilty making every stride a winning one in 29.19. Telex Brat and Running Scholar pushed the winner all the way but responding in positive fashion ‘Reality’ accounted for Telex Brat by a length and a half.
Race 3, S3 325: In the first of two semi-finals of the Track Supporters Club Sprint event the Dympna Corcoran owned Jumbos Pal 3/1 did well to avoid second bend traffic congestion before landing the spoils in 18.49. When Whiteys Ludwig drifted wide at the second bend hampering a number of his rivals ‘Jumbos’ motored into the lead before proving a head to good for Rockys Pride.
Race 4, S3 525: In the second qualifier Rockys Pride owner David Kiely and trainer Jonathan Rolle gained compensation with 2/1 Rockys Treasure coming out on top in 17.95. After a ding dong battle with Crossfield Lazer ‘Rockys’ proved the stronger close home for a half a length win over the odds on favourite ‘Crossfield’.
Race 5, A5 525: The Track Supporters Club also sponsored a 12 dog A5 stake. In the opening qualifier Lismadine Lion and Ballydaniel Chik locked horns up front at the entrance to the back stretch. ‘Ballydaniel’ asserted on the run to the third bend before keeping on strongly for a four and a half lengths defeat of ‘Lismadine’ in 29.45.
Race 6, A5 525: The second semi-final went the way of the early paced Genuine Banksey this 4/1 shot leading everywhere in 29.49. Owned by Tina Finn and trained by her husband Willie ‘Genuine’ held the call throughout leading from Whiteys Indigo before winning out by three lengths.
Race 7, AAO 525: First semi-final of the Gain Select stakes – See introduction.
Race 8, AAO 525: In the second semi-final Ballyanne Sim and Rockybay Rover were both absent. Cabra Hurricane was installed as the red hot 4/7 favourite and he made no mistake leading all the way in 28.67. Powering into an early lead over Glanmire Dylan ‘Cabra’ was not extended on his way to a three lengths defeat of a running on Doggy Mcdogface.
Race 9, AAO 525: Racing concluded with the semi-finals of the Noel Ryan, Tree Surgeon, Open competition. In the first qualifier the Big Bus Syndicate owned and Peter Cronin trained Great Occasion 5/2 made good use of his early pace making all the running in 29.13. Angry Lauren pushed the winner all the way but ‘Great’ would not be denied obliging by half a length.
Race 10, AAO 525: The second semi-final is easily described with Blue East the 1/1 favourite making short work of the opposition leading everywhere in a sprightly 28.60. Roaming Hero gave chase throughout but ‘Blue’ won a shade cosily by a length and a half.Going rating. 325 yards .10 slow and 525 yards .20 slow.
Trap Draw- Saturday November 10th
Final – The 2018 Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Stakes. Winner €13,100.
1 Glanmire Dylan, 2 Crossfield Will, 3 Doggy Mcdogface, 4 Budgie Wudgie, 5 Cabra Hurricane (M), 6 Newinn Lester (W)
Selection- Cabra Hurricane. Dangers- Newinn Lester, Crossfield Will