Kathleen enjoys a fine double at Harold's Cross
THERE WERE good winners again last week around the country for Co. Wexford owners and trainers, scoring at Harold's Cross, Newbridge and Waterford, but the story of the week was the cancellation of racing at Enniscorthy track at a very late stage due to a walkout by an important member of staff at the last minute a week last Monday night.
With greyhound stadiums feeling the pinch, as all other businesses are, this is not good, and the management would need to get their house in order fast.
Back to the good news now, and owner Kathleen Stamp (Glenbrien) recorded a fine double at Harold's Cross on Tuesday night last.
'Glenbrien Sparky' ('Kinloch Brae-Barren Breeze') got off the mark in the A5 when scoring his first win from his fourth start, putting in a well-timed finishing kick to get up close to the line and get the verdict by a short head in a time of 29.47.
Race ten, an A4, completed the double when 'Glenbrien Spirit' ('Makeshift-Calling Molly') also came from off the pace to come home the stronger and score by half a length in 29.81.
On Friday night at the same venue Enniscorthy trainer David Morris was contesting the final of the premier staying event, the Corn Cuchulainn 750, and his runner, 'Hangover Petee' ('Winetavern Oscar-Forest Maid') ran a very creditable third and was somewhat unlucky not to take second as he was impeded at the fifth bend just as he was in full flight. Owners Emma Morris and Cathal Doran have a nice staying prospect.
At Newbridge track four winners was the return. On Friday night Patrick Kinsella's 'Croghan Mojo' ('Duke Special-Croghan Dixie') got off the mark in style at the fourth time of asking when leading and running out a comfortable four lengths winner in 29.45.
Saturday night saw a fine double for Ferns trainer Brendan Murphy. Firstly 'Rockmount Puma' ('Westmead Joe-Rockmount Hetti') won the third, an open unraced, making his move at the third bend before racing to the front off the last bend to go on to score by two lengths in a good 29.16 for a delighted syndicate owners B.I.C.
'Jayos Pride' ('Kinloch Brae-Lilywhite Blue') completed the double when flashing out of traps, recording a fast split .95 to race to an impressive four and a half lengths win in a fast 28.98, this time for the Rag and Bone syndicate.
Enniscorthy owner Graham O'Connor also had a good win when his 'Eyeoweuone' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Ballynock Girl') rewarded favourite backers as the 4/7 shot scored her fifth win by three lengths in 29.58.
Three more winners were recorded at Waterford on Friday night. Race two, an A5, went to the Patsy Sutton-owned 'Fast Hondo' ('Hondo Black-Droopys Brid), making it four wins from seven starts when going to the front at the first bend and going on to score nicely.
Race three saw the Oliver McGrath (Castlebridge)-owned 'Willmount Silver' ('Archaton Pine-Vintage Kewell') score well in a good time of 29.20, coming home two lengths clear of her field.
We had to wait until the last race for the third win of the night when the Nick Turner-owned and trained 'Miss Camelot' ('Royal Impact-Coco Nikita') raced to her eighth win in a time of 29.46.
On Saturday night the Michael Furlong-owned 'High Bally' ('Big Daddy Cool-Trailer Dawn') was a very impressive winner of race two, an A3/4, when he burst to the lead at the third bend to bound away and score by five lengths in a fast 28.79, his eleventh race win and a good money-spinner.
Trainer Nick Turner was on the mark again when 'Minnies Jackpot' ('Minnies Opavlove-Minnies Maranda') made it six wins from eleven starts when leading from her trap six box to follow up her win the previous week from trap one.
This versetile lady is proving hard to beat in this grade, and her time was 29.22.
The Derby Trial Stake was run at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last and the impressive winner was the Ronnie Shinkwin-trained 'Piercestown Lucy' ('Westmead Hawk-Piercestown Pet') who got out well from her trap one box and she was always in control when crossing the line with two lengths to spare in a good 30.39 -10 slow.
Owner Thomas Coleman (Piercestown) is having great sport with this lady and there should be plenty more to come.