Willoughby enjoys good week's work
IT'S A big week for greyhound enthusiasts as we wait for the decision on the iconic Walthamstow greyhound stadium. Will it be re-opened, and with Wimbledon now in grave danger of closing it is vital the Walthamstow stadium gets the green light from Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) who seems to be in favour along with the local community.
Hopefully the right decision will be made on Wednesday, as the English market is vital to the greyhound industry.
We also had the Red Mills forum at Cork last week which was a big disappointment as we got no new information from Chairman Phil Meaney, only that there is something coming along in the next few weeks when the new five-year plan will be announced. It seems silly to have a forum when he had no information to give us, so we have to wait and see. Hopefully it will be good news with a positive view on going forward.
On the track, Waterford on Saturday night provided Co. Wexford owners with three good winners. There was a nice boost for Wexford owner May Murray (Bernadette Place) as she enjoyed a good win in race two when her ' Ebony King' ('Droopys ScolariMillies Return') scored his first win from eight starts. He led to the first bend and raced clear down the back to go on to score in 29.58.
'Ebony' was not winning out of turn as he finished second in his last three starts and was due a win. He is trained by Michael Delahunty.
The Richard Walsh Snr.-owned 'Seagrave Sam' came in as reserve in race eight and went into trap four. 'Telex Boss' made the early running before the other reserve, ' Ask The Time', went on at the third bend, with 'Seagrave' creeping closer and then producing a powerful finishing run to get up and score by one and a half lengths in 29.15. This was his fifth win and this son of 'Collage CausewayOne Late Surge' is taking his dam's name literally as that is how he does it.
Gorey owner Cecil Willoughby was a little unlucky not to have a nice double as his 'Clover Cruiser' was caught on the line in the fifth race, before he was on the right side of the camera in race nine when his 'Dons Dart' led and showed good battling powers to hold the challenge of 'Minglers Port' over the 550 trip in a time of 30.10.
The Gorey owner was also on the mark on Thursday night at Enniscorthy when winning the first race with 'Clover Soprani' in 29.02, so it was a good week's work indeed.
Owner Thomas Colfer also had a productive week as his 'Bannow Bruce' ('Top Savings-Fois Gras') was winning his fifth race when scoring on Friday night in a good 29.12. Earlier in the week his 'Bannow Queen' took a good win in the sprint race at Enniscorthy on Monday night in a good time of 19.17, and Tom is having a good year.
Trainer Brendan Murphy is also having a good year and added to his score on Saturday night at Newbridge when 'Joyos Pride' ('Kinloch Brae-Lilywhite Blue') took the first race, his third win, in a useful time of 29.11. Owners the Rag And Bone Syndicate are enjoying their success also.
The semi-finals of the A3 Red Mills Trophy were won in identical times of 29.10 at Enniscorthy which makes for a most interesting final this week. 'Piercestown Liam', owned by Sharon Shinkwin (Piercestown), and 'Tree Tops Dancer', owned by Brendan and Michael McDonald, were the successful winners of their semis but they were close finishes.
It's a big prize this week and there is not a lot between several finalists, so whatever traps and gets around the first bend in front may prove decisive.