Kiltrea Brian looking sharp
The four first round heats of the Grand Prize featured at Enniscorthy Dog Track on Thursday night, and there was little to separate Kiltrea Brian and Airdown Rena on the clock as they scored in heats one and two.
The John Doyle-owned Kiltrea Brian is more noted for his staying power, but he proved the shorter trip was well within his compass as he came home strongly to get the better of Southest Bound who made a bold bid himself for victory, with a short head separating them on the line in a time of 28.76.
Heat two followed and Airdown Rena was another to show her strength as she came with a storming run to take up the running and go away to score an easy and impressive win in the end for Steve and Karen Parker in a best of the round 28.72.
The trend continued in heat three as the sponsor's dog, Strictly Sand, owned by George Roche, also came from off the pace to get up in the shadows of the post to beat Kereight Dodger by a short head in 29.15.
Heat four also went to a racer coming from behind as Tagalong Highlander put in his challenge down the back to race home a snug winner from Swan Diver in 29.19.
This week's semis will be very tough to sort out for punters.
The Kilmore father and son team, Ian and Philip Tierney, had a good week when winning the fifth race on Monday night and the last race on Thursday night.
Bugatti Petite gets a special word as this cracking little 54 lb. pocket rocket was recording her ninth career win and her fifth from her last ten races.
Monday, November 6 - race one, Welcome To Enniscorthy A7/A8 525: 1, Monalee Boy (owner, Roy Hatton, Enniscorthy), 29.92; 2, Youll Do Nothin, 30.02.
Race two, The Trackside Diner A6 525: 1, Pint Of Sausages (owners, the Carnew boys syndicate, Carnew, Co. Wicklow), 29.14; 2, Running Slick, 29.35.
Race three, The Track Bar S5/S6 Sprint: 1, About It Is (owner, Michael Deegan, Co. Kilkenny; trainer, Margaret Fortune, Co. Kilkenny), 19,21; 2, Stripe Gaffer, 19.38.
Race four, Unrecorded Trials Every Wednesday A5 525: 1, Beanacht Dinny (owner, Mark Jeffers, Enniscorthy), 29.85; 2, Tree Tops Beauty, 29.99.
Race five, Unrecorded Trials Every Saturday A5 575: 1, Cactus Orca (owner, Ian Tierney, Kilmore), 32.17; 2, Rowestown Becky, 32.24.
Race six, Wexford GOBA A4 Stake Next Monday A4 525: 1, Crucial Recovery (owner, William Byrne, New Ross), 29.70; 2, Monalee Sara, 29.72.
Race seven, Geoff Parnaby A3 Stake Next Monday A4 525: 1, Miniinthebox (owner, Susan Simpson, Co. Wicklow), 29.56; 2, Edermine Pat, 29.70.
Race eight, Grand Prize A1/A2 Stake This Thursday A3 525: 1, Mattys Coutinho (owner, James Gordon, Wexford town), 29.86; 2, Lord Of Hope, 29.88.
Thursday, November 9 - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy A6/A7 550: 1, Pink Lily (owner, James Whelan, Enniscorthy), 30.88; 2, Ravens Prince, 31.26.
Race two, The Trackside Diner A5 525: 1, Dysert Avril (owner, Maria Byrne, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary), 29.54; 2, Kearneys Bluebel, 29.71.
Race three, The Track Bar A4 575: 1, Town Mystery (owner, A.J. Dooley, Co. Carlow; trainer, Seán Dooley), 31.61; 2, Katies Magic, 32.03.
Race four, Unrecorded Trials Every Saturday Mornings A3 575: 1, Slaneyside Sofia (owner, Derek Kehoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary), 31.68; 2, Bubba Maggie, 31.82.
Race five, The Grand Prize A1/A2 525 round one, heat one: 1, Kiltrea Brian (owner, John Doyle, Kiltrea, Enniscorthy), 28.76; 2, Southest Bound, 28.77.
Race six, round one, heat two: 1, Airdown Rena (owners, Stephen and Karen Parker, Murrintown), 28.72; 2, Black Truffle, 28.96.
Race seven, round one, heat three: 1, Strictly Sand (owner, George Roche, Barntown), 29.15; 2, Kereight Dodger, 29.16.
Race eight, round one, heat four: 1, Tagalong Hylandr (owner, Dermot Flynn, Enniscorthy), 29.19; 2, Swan Diver, 29.29.
Race nine, Next Meeting on Monday 13th November A2 525: 1, Bugatti Petite (owner, Philip Tierney, Kilmore; trainer, Ian Tierney), 29.12; 2, Slaneyside Dolly, 29.13.
The main action on this Thursday night's card (November 16) are the Grand Prize A1/A2 525 semi-finals, and these races should ensure a good crowd at the track.
Race one: trap one, Swan Diver; trap two, Kingsmill Rio; trap three, East Coast Blaze; trap four, Tagalong Hylandr; trap five, Alien Avatare; trap six, Kereight Dodger.
Race two: trap one, Black Truffle; trap two, Kiltrea Brian; trap three, Southest Bound; trap four, Pros Fancy; trap five, Airdown Rena; trap six, Strictly Sand.