Stripe Pal follows in his kennel companion's place
There was a very good night's racing on offer at Enniscorthy dog track last Thursday featuring the final of the Horse and Hound Tri Distance, and it proved to be an excellent race despite the inclement weather.
The impressive heat and semi-final winner, Stripe Mary, went off hot favourite but she had to overcome trap six this time and she missed the break.
It was left to kennel companion Stripe Pal to take up the challenge and he made a very bold bid, breaking well to lead.
The Joe Anglim-owned Tullycanna Dot, who was noticed finishing fast in the previous week's semi, was in close contention this time and made his move down the back to challenge Stripe.
It was a matter of who stayed the extra trip best as they faced the judge, and Tullycanna prevailed by a length to take the nice €1,500 prize in a good 31.58 for the 575 yards.
The final of the Piercestown Sand A1/2 Stake was also decided, and young Philip Tierney of Kilmore enjoyed a great win as his 54-pound bitch Bugatti Petite showed her much larger rivals a clean pair of paws.
She accelerated just like the car she is named after from traps and she had no difficulty winning this €800 final in a good 28.95, proving good goods do come in small packages as she was recording her eighth career win.
The final race of the night saw a fine run from the Patrick Whelan (Enniscorthy)-owned Indian Attack who flew the lids and proved a length and a half too strong for Rocky Dee Rocket in a very fast 28.68.
Two of the three Co. Wexford challengers in the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne on Saturday night went through to this week's third round as Collage Jade and Airdown Rena finished second and third in their heats. The Oaks continues this Saturday night.
The Red Mills Future Champions unraced stake is the highlight of the year. Regarded as one of the top novice stakes in the country, it will start next Monday night, October 9.
September 25 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy Track A8/A9 525: 1, Tentone Princess (owner, Stephen O'Reilly, Wexford town), 29.85; 2, Peelinthespuds, 30.34.
Race two, The Trackside Diner A6 525: 1, Whist Paddy (owners, Conor Heffernan and Declan Courtney, Co. Wexford), 29.41; 2, Glenbrien Slave, 29.42.
Race three, The Track Bar A6 525: 1, Right Said Bob (owner, Mark White, Enniscorthy), 29.59; 2, Wicklow Mike, 29.69.
Race four, Unrecorded Trials Every Wednesday S4/S5 350: 1, Mattys Hero (owners, David Scallan and James Gordon, Wexford town), 19.30; 2, Stripe Gaffer, 19.37.
Race five, The Showgrounds A4 575: 1, Stripe Lucy (owner, Ned Freeman, Co. Kilkenny), 31.80; 2, Tagalong Dicey, 31.85.
Race six, Glenbrien Kennels A5/A6 525 final: 1, Likeable Light (owner, John Brady, Co. Wicklow; trainer, John A. Hand, Co. Dublin), 29.26; 2, Dolls Lady, 29.28.
Race seven, Red Mills Champion Unraced Starts Mon 9th Oct A5/A6 525: 1, Beannacht Dinny (owner, Mark Jeffers, Co. Wexford), 29.20; 2, Pink Lily, 29.55.
Race eight, Crossabeg GAA Fundraiser This Thursday A4 525: 1, Spot Me Rocket (owner, John Hand, Co. Dublin), 29.24; 2, Edermine Pat, 29.59.
September 28 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy Track A2/A3 525: 1, Slickest Snow (owners, Rathnure racing syndicate), 29.07; 2, Society St Coin, 29.21.
Race two, Crossabeg GAA Club Fundraising Night A2 525: 1, Pros Fancy (owner, Eugene Crosbie, Enniscorthy), 29.06; 2, Swan Diver, 29.08.
Race three, The Track Bar Open Sprint 350: 1, Skyview Flash (owner, Eugene Dempsey, Castlebridge), 19.00; 2, Lisnakill Messi, 19.07.
Race four, Dawn Meats A2/A3 Bitch Stake semi-final: 1, Tanami Sand (owners, Kilmore Six syndicate), 29.17; 2, Lord Lady, 29.45.
Race five, Piercestown Sand A1/A2 Stake final: 1, Bugatti Petite (owner, Philip Tierney, Kilmore; trainer, Ian Tierney), 28.95; 2, Kereight Splat, 29.19.
Race six, Horse and Hound A3/A4 Tri Distance Stake final: 1, Tullycanna Dot (owner, Joseph Anglim, Ballymitty), 31.58; 2, Stripe Pal, 31.65.
Race seven, Dawn Meats A2/A3 Bitch Stake semi-final: 1, Slaneyside Poppy (owner, Derek Kehoe, Thurles), 29.52; 2, Bubba Maggie, 29.55.
Race eight, The Horse and Hound Night Open 600: 1, Cosy Messi (owner, Helen Toft, Killinick), 33.07; 2, Kiltrea Brian, 33.17.
Race nine, Wishing Crossabeg Every Success in 2017 Open 525: 1, Indian Attack (owner, Patrick Whelan, Enniscorthy), 28.68; 2, Rocky Dee Rocket, 28.78.