Fog doesn't put a damper on greyhound action
Heavy fog on Monday of last week put racing in jeopardy right up to start time. However, it lifted enough for the action to go ahead and the first round of the Ballagh Boxing Club Open Unraced Stake was featured with all five heats run.
Some very nice novices were on display, and Ballinclare Solo ran out a convincing winner of heat one. Despite missing his start, he went to the front early in the back straight, showing a nice burst of pace to score well in a good 29.01.
The young Piercestown Leaf did well to overcome the tricky trap six box to weave her way to the front and score in 29.36 in heat two.
Fleeting Prince took heat three; he had to track the flying early leader Ballinamona Star into the back straight and put in his winning challenge approaching the third bend before going on to score in a good 29.13.
Heat four saw another flying starter when Katch Up Marley led around the first corners, opening up a four-length lead, with Cougar Royal going into second and closing down the leader into the third bend with a fine burst of speed. Cougar proved the stronger on the run to the line to score in a best of the round 28.98.
The fifth heat went to Money Spinner who went into the first bend tracking behind Piercestown Moll. After a battle with the latter, he got home by a length and a half in the end from the staying on 4/5 favourite Stripe Mary in a time of 29.23.
The second round continued last night (Monday) and it looked a very competitive stake with some very nice pups on display.
On Thursday night Lambstown Joy returned to action in race seven, an A2. He has been off the track for a while but returned to overcome the tricky trap six box to record his sixth win from seven outings.
He was quickest over the standard distance on the night, in a time of 29.08, one to keep on the right side of in the coming weeks it seems.
November 2, results - race one, The Ballagh Boxing Club Open Unraced 525 round one, heat one: 1, Ballinclare Solo (owner, Eilish McCann, Gorey), 29.01.
Race two, heat two: 1, Piercestown Leaf (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown), 29.36.
Race three, heat three: 1, Fleeting Prince (owners, Liam and Colm Moore, Barntown), 29.13.
Race four, heat four: 1, Cougar Royal (owner, John Murray, Piercestown), 28.98.
Race five, heat five: 1, Money Spinner (owner, Niamh Finn, Gorey), 29.23.
Race six, The Track Supporters' Club A4 600 final: 1, Hatfield Poppy (owner, Neil Fraser, Essex; trainer, Eamon Moore, Barntown), 33.42.
Race seven, The Track Bar A6 525: 1, Ashwood Whiskey (owner, Helen Doyle, Enniscorthy), 29.24.
Race eight, November A5/A6 525: 1, Golden Rebel (owners, Raymond Sullivan and William Marlin, Waterford), 29.58.
November 5 results - race one, Welcome To Enniscorthy A6/A7 525: 1, Bu Han Story (owner, Liam Kavanagh, Enniscorthy), 29.61.
Race two, Intertrack Betting A4 525: 1, My Céilí (owner, Paula Dempsey, Enniscorthy), 29.31.
Race three, The Showgrounds A5 600 semi-final: 1, Dawsons Bar (owners, Hugh Martin and Ned Murphy, Enniscorthy), 33.43.
Race four, A5 600 semi-final: 1, Wickla Rahillion (owner, Pádraic Hennessy, Enniscorthy), 33.13.
Race five, Try A Trio A4 575: 1, Carrigbruce Hero (owner, Eamon Leacy, Adamstown), 31.76.
Race six, www.igb.ie A3 525: 1, Kacys Jacqui (owner, Denise Whelan, Wexford; trainer, Nick Turner, Barntown), 29.23.
Race seven, Unrecorded Trials Wednesday and Friday A2 525: 1, Lambstown Joy (owner, John Kelly, Lambstown, Glynn), 29.08.
Race eight, The Track Bar A2 575: 1, Dysert Ranger (owner, Maria Byrne, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary), 31.53.
Race nine, November A1 550: 1, Dysert Oisín (owner, Maria Byrne, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary), 30.26.