Major upsets as unbeaten pair miss out on final
The Woodside Nurseries (Aughrim) semi-finals at Enniscorthy Dog Track saw major upsets as the unbeaten George Roche pair, Headford Iso and Swan Diver, failed to qualify for this week's final.
Another twist came in the second semi when the reserve Southest Bound, owned by Daniel Frayne (Wexford), came into trap two and took his chance when getting the better of Lisankill Husky and Forest Blake in a fast time of 28.99.
The other semi saw the Peter Cronin-trained Cuba step up on previous efforts to beat Forest Whiskey, another to lose his unbeaten tag, with Rathsilla Alli close in third.
The time was 29.09, and there is a very good final now on offer this week.
There was a big crowd again in attendance on Thursday, and it was a very good night for Co. Carlow owner/trainer Henry Kelly who recorded a fine treble.
His Karlow prefix was to the fore in races five, eight and nine, and the best was left to last when Karlow Crean recorded a superb 28.51.
In other news, Kiltrea owner/breeder John Doyle has always had a good stayer over the years, and his Kiltrea Brien has came to the fore of late.
He broke the track record in Kilkenny on their big night (Beam night).
And last week Brien again impressed when taking the open 750 yards in fine style on Laurels final night in Cork.
He will be contesting the top staying races for the rest of the year no doubt.
July 24 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy Track S4/S5 350: 1, Skyview Flash (owner, Eugene Dempsey, Castlebridge), 19.12; 2, Metric Kojak, 19.15.
Race two, The Trackside Diner A7/A8 525: 1, Rathbally Ace (owner, James Flynn, Enniscorthy), 30.02; 2, Carrigoe Sue, 30.03.
Race three, The Track Bar A6/A7 525: 1, Jills Jingaling (owners, Caroline Fielding and Margaret Crotty, Enniscorthy), 29.92; 2, Carrigoe Nell, 30.20.
Race four, Welcome to St. Anne's GAA Club Night A6 525: 1, Stripe Lucy (owner, Ned Freeman, Carrenrow, Co. Kildare), 29.42; 2, Yes My Dear, 29.70.
Race five, The Woodside Nurseries (Aughrim) semi-final: 1, Cuba (owner, Liam Walsh, Waterford; trainer, Peter Cronin), 29.09; 2, Forest Whiskey, 29.16; 3, Rathsilla Alli, 29.21.
Race six, The Woodside Nurseries (Aughrim) semi-final: 1, Southest Bound (res. K; owner, Daniel Frayne, Forth Mountain), 28.99; 2, Lisnakill Husky, 29.01; 3, Forest Blake, 29.18.
Race seven, Wishing St. Anne's GAA Every Success in 2017 A5 550: 1, Safe As Houses (owner, Kevin O'Gorman, Sleedagh), 30.89; 2, Kingsmill Flow, 30.92.
Race eight, July A4 525: 1, Miniinthebox (owner, Susan Simpson, Co. Wicklow), 29.12; 2, Katies Magic, 29.33.
July 27 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy Track S3/S4 350: 1, Skyview Flash (owner, Eugene Dempsey, Castlebridge), 18.86; 2, Battle Hard, 19.07.
Race two, The Trackside Diner A6 525: 1, Metric Brae (owner, Pauline Byrne, Marshalstown), 29.47; 2, Brickfield Blue, 29.48.
Race three, The Track Bar A5 525: 1, Duchess Erin (owner, Michael Leacy, Enniscorthy), 29.40; 2, Mangan Boy, 29.43.
Race four, www.igb.ie A5 525: 1, Seagrave Lace (owner, John Bolger, Enniscorthy), 29.34; 2, Danciabri, 29.58.
Race five, The Showgrounds A4 525: 1, Karlow Leader (owner, Henry Kelly, Co. Carlow), 29.16; 2, Duffry Gate, 29.23.
Race six, Intertrack Betting A3 525: 1, Kuda Ross (owner, Peter Fitzgerald, Co. Waterford), 29.39; 2, Battstreet Kate, 29.63.
Race seven, A0/A1 550: 1, Ballinaboola Net (owner, George Roche, Barntown), 30.17; 2, Soul, 30.22.
Race eight, Unraced Bitch Stake Monday 7th August A2/A3 550: 1, Karlow Rocket (owner, Henry Kelly, Co. Carlow), 30.38; 2, Ballarue Joey, 30.45.
Race nine, The Next Meeting on Monday 31st July A3 525: 1, Karlow Crean (owner, Henry Kelly, Co. Carlow), 28.51; 2, My Céilí, 29.10.