Tote delays need to be addressed at dog track
There were big crowds in attendance both nights at Enniscorthy last week, and particularly Thursday's racing was very competitive and enjoyable.
The only exception was for those trying to get a bet on the tote, especially on the Monday night - the Island Hunt fundraiser - as big delays ensued between races due to the lack of sufficient tote windows available. This needs to be rectified quickly for these major fundraising nights.
I am aware it is not always predictable how big the crowd is going to be, however the Island Hunt night is always a big one and should have been foreseen. With the upcoming major nights for Wexford G.A.A. and the annual Pettitt's night, one would hope there will be more windows opened to make the patrons' night more enjoyable.
On the track owner, trainer and breeder John Doyle, Kiltrea, enjoyed a nice double when his Kiltrea Maura and Kiltrea Rachel scored in races two and nine on Monday. John's runners have been in very good form of late.
Trainer John Kavanagh's charges have also been in top form, and the Thomas Doyle (Gorey)-owned Mango Lad scored a nice win in race five, the Blackwater Farm A4 final, to record his fourth race win. The combination teamed up again on Thursday to take race one with Mango Ear.
Trainer David Morris also has his team in top form, and he enjoyed three winners during the week. Hangover Dec was on the mark on Monday when he scored in the final of the Island Hunt A5, and then on Thursday he picked off the last two races with Native Rumour, who was a very good winner, and then Kearneys Light got up in a very close finish in race nine.
This completed the double to take both semi-finals of the Tipperary Water A4 Stake, giving him a very strong hand in this week's final.
The 2015 Boylesport Irish Greyhound Derby trial stake was a cracking race, with the Frazer Black-trained Droopys Bomber getting the better of the game Piercestown Lucy who got held up when making her run into the third bend as leader Salmon Lad faded. Droopys came around the outside to get the lead off the last bend and go on to score by two lengths in 30 19 (550).
There are four finals featured this Thursday with some more great racing to look forward to.
Race one, the Tipperary Water A4 575 final: trap one, Glenbrien Comet; trap two, Brickfield Blue; trap three, Native Rumour; trap four, Fairest Dance; trap five, Bruces Lee; trap six, Kearneys Light.
Race two, the C.J. O'Loughlin A4 525 final: trap one, Lord Whynot; trap two, Shaneshill; trap three, Bluestormrising; trap four, Toker Rumble; trap five, Corker Gaga; trap six, Mango Ear.
Race three, the Dawn Meats A3 525 final: trap one, Mango Lad; trap two, Toker Lark; trap three, Ashfield Magic; trap four, Sleedagh Mac; trap five, Piercestown Lisa; trap six, Hillside Hope.
Race four, the Horse and Hound A2/A3 Tri Distance final (575 yards flat): trap one, Aoifes Prinskie; trap two, Tomorrows Seán; trap three, Ballinclare King; trap four, Brackenstone Ned; trap five, Vaz Te; trap six, Swift Painter.
July 20 results - race one, Welcome To Enniscorthy A7/A8 525: 1, On The Ledge (owner, James Travers, Gorey; Archaton Pine-Theatre Alex), 29.94.
Race two, the Track Supporters' Club A7 525 semi-final: 1, Kiltrea Maura (owner, John Doyle, Kiltrea; Westmead Hawk-Kiltrea Ally), 29.27.
Race three, the Track Supporters' Club A7 525 semi-final: 1, Ballybars Puma (owner, Ollie Townsend, Carlow; Skywalker Puma-The Other Peach), 29.53.
Race four, The Island Hunt A5 525 final: 1, Hangover Dec (owners, Declan Morris and Cathal Doran, Enniscorthy; trainer, David Morris; Swords Prince-Assassin Mali), 29.04.
Race five, the Ballywalter Farm A4 525 final: 1, Mango Lad (owner, Thomas Doyle, Gorey; trainer, John Kavanagh; Nobooth For Gary-Mango Lady), 29.11.
Race six, the Niamh and Gráinne Murphy A5 525 round one, heat one: 1, Miss Lucy Lou (owner, Graham O'Connor, Enniscorthy; David Bale-Valais May), 29.36.
Race seven, heat two: 1, Cashen Androzani (owners, John and Neil Codd, Enniscorthy; Westmead Hawk-Cashen Shadow), 29.54.
Race eight, heat three: 1, Tomhurra Sue (owner, Eimear Kehoe, Enniscorthy; Kinlocj Brae-Slaneyside Sue), 29.42.
Race nine, Next Meeting Thursday 23rd July A3/A4 575: 1, Kiltrea Rachel (owner, John Doyle, Kiltrea; Westmead Hawk-Kiltrea Ally), 32.21.
July 23 results - race one, the C.J. O'Loughlin A4 525 semi-final: 1, Mango Ear (owner, Thomas Doyle, Gorey; trainer, John Kavanagh, Enniscorthy; Nobooth For Gary-Mango Lady), 29.24.
Race two, the C.J. O'Loughlin A4 525 semi-final: 1, Lord Whynot (owner, Tommy Woods, Enniscorthy; Duke Special-Whitefort Kate), 29.41.
Race three, the Dawn Meats A3 525 semi-final: 1, Piercestown Lisa (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown; Piercestown Lad-Piercestown Ping), 28.77.
Race four, the Dawn Meats A3 525 semi-final: 1, Sleedagh Mac (owner, Kevin O'Gorman, Sleedagh; Forest Master-Forest Heidi), 29.24.
Race five, the 2015 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby Trial Stake: 1, Droopys Bomber (owners, Diamonds Are Forever syndicate; trainer, Fraser Black; Droopys Vieri-Droopys Twirl), 30.19.
Race six, the Horse and Hound A2/A3 Tri Distance semi-final: 1, Aoifes Prinskie (owner, Cecil Willoughby, Gorey; trainer, Joe Anglim; Thurlesbeg Joker-Sues Sparkle), 30.46.
Race seven, the Horse and Hound A2/A3 Tri Distance semi-final Flat 550: 1, Swift Panther (owners, Dubai Racing Club syndicate; trainer, Robert Gleeson; Vans Escalade-Swift Stat), 30.32.
Race eight, the Tipperary Water A4 575 semi-final: 1, Native Rumour (owner, John Wall, New Ross; Head Bound-Dear Prudence), 32.01.
Race nine, second semi-final: 1, Kearneys Light (owner, Tom Kearney, Castledermot; trainer, David Morris, Enniscorthy; Kinloch Brae-Kearneys Secret), 32.07.