Two Wexford runners in big final at Leeside track
It has been a very good week for Co. Wexford owners and trainers with two runners qualifying for the final of The Riverside Oscar Stake with a €10,000 winner's prize this Saturday night at Curraheen Park (Cork).
It would be nice to think the Wexford runners could get the the old one-two but it is a very high-quality final and they will have to get their trapping right on the night.
Toker Forest is in great form, having won his last four races, and was very good in his semi. Breaking fast, he held the persistent challenge of favourite Coolavany Pet by a neck in a fast 28.31 for owner-trainer Philip Lynch (New Ross).
The second semi also went Wexford's way when the Patricia Flanagan (Gorey)-owned, Noel Walker-trained Fast Fit Alex came from behind Fleetwood Lee to score by a length. This fellow is also in top from, winning two of his three runs at the circuit, so roll on Saturday night for what looks like a cracking final.
At Enniscorthy the final of the annual April Stake was the week's feature, and things went to plan for hot favourite Tagalong Roy who went through the stake unbeaten and was again very professional.
Breaking well from his trap one draw, he was in command and again it was Piercestown Moll who chased him hard all the way, but Tagalong was never in any danger and won like an odds-on favourite should to record his 22nd race win and give his owners, John Codd and Diana Brody (Enniscorthy), a nice cheque of €2,650.
A big thank you to sponsor Peter Davis (Doncaster, Great Britain).
There was some superb runs in Waterford last Saturday night, with the Joe Anglim-trained Chancem owned by the Ratpack Six syndicate (Ballymitty) finally getting his trapping in order.
This fast greyhound has shown what he can do in his last two races as he raced to a superb 31.08 semi-final win in the Molloy Butchers 575 stake. He is in trap six again for this week's final and will be hard to beat if trapping on terms.
Barntown trainer Nick Turner also had a flying winner in race eight when Coco Blaze flew the lids and ran right away from his field to score an easy seven and a half length win in a fine 28.47.
Liam Butler Snr. from Wexford town had a good win in race two when Annnacurra Sam ran a very good race to come from behind to score in a good 28.69.
Racing continues at Enniscorthy every Monday and Thursday night. For a fun night out, go greyhound racing.
May 1 results - race one, Welcome To Enniscorthy S5 350: 1, Telex Junior (owners, Anton and Tony Butler, Coolballow), 19.07.
Race two, Intertrack Betting A5 525: 1, Slaneyside Hero (owner, Derek Kehoe, Thurles), 29.30.
Race three, Try A Trio A4 525: 1, Ravens Jester (owner, John Kavanagh, Inglewood, Enniscorthy), 28.95.
Race four, Unrecorded Trials Wednesday and Friday A4 525: 1, Kingsmill Manuka (owner, John Roche, Barntown), 29.29.
Race five, The Showgrounds A3 525: 1, Ballinclare Lad (owner, Eilish McCann, Gorey), 29.16.
Race six, The Barking Buzz A2 525: 1, Bubba Maggie (owner, John Meadows, Kilkenny), 29.07.
Race seven, The 2017 April Stakes A2/A3 525 final: 1, Tagalong Roy (owners, John Codd and Diana Brody, Enniscorthy), 28.86; 2, Piercestown Moll (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown).
Race eight, The Track Bar A2 525: 1, Tagalong Hawkeye (owner, Dermot Flynn, Enniscorthy), 29.02.
Race nine, May A3 575: 1, Piercestown Zara (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown), 31.93.
May 4 results - race one, Welcome To Enniscorthy A7/A8 525: 1, Jojo On Air (owner, Debbie Gahan, Gorey), 29.31.
Race two, The Intertrack Betting A6 525 round one, heat one: 1, Only Fiver (owner, Geoffrey Bateman, Co. Carlow), 29.46.
Race three, heat two: 1, Seagrave Madison (owner, John Bolger, Enniscorthy), 29.27.
Race four, heat three: 1, Heavenstown Jack (owner, Amy Cleary, Co. Wexford), 29.35.
Race five, Unrecorded Trials Wednesday and Friday A5: 1, Reckingball (owner, John Reck, Enniscorthy), 29.22.
Race six, The Track Bar A4 525 semi-final: 1, Hillburn Biddy (owner, Jessica Boyd, Co. Wexford), 29.54.
Race seven, The Track Bar A4 525 semi-final: 1, Glenbrien Nifty (owner, Kathleen Stamp, Glenbrien), 29.23.
Race eight, www.igb.ie A3 525: 1, Tagalong Dicey (owner, Dermot Flynn, Enniscorthy), 29.17.
Race nine, May A3 550: 1, Elusive Star (owners, Phil Ryan and Eugene Gleeson, Co. Carlow), 30.29.