Owners and trainers win on road
With Enniscorthy not due to re-open until next month, Co. Wexford greyhound owners/trainers have been successfully on the road, recording good wins at Shelbourne Park, Harold's Cross, Clonmel and Waterford.
Clonmel on Thursday saw the start of the red hot prestigious Red Mills/Track Supporters' Club open unraced stake and there was, as expected, a big crowd in attendance despite the horrible weather.
Three of the five Co. Wexford participants qualified for this Sunday night's second round: Cougar Phantom, owned by John Murray, who was third in heat two; Moreton Volur, owned by John Spracklen, third in heat six; and Piercestown Shay, owned by Seamus whelan and Ronald Shenkwin, second in heat eight.
Earlier in the night Cougar Classic owned by John Murray of Piercestown scored his third straight win when taking the second race - a sprint - by half a length in 16.72.
Up at Shelbourne Park the James Mythen and Denis Leacy (Castlebridge)-owned Brackenstone Ned overcame a bump at the first bend to come on to take up the running off the last and win his semi of the A3 stake in 29.37.
On Friday at Harold's Cross the Patrick Roban (Enniscorthy)-owned Elite Taylor put in a nice run when taking the 550 race in a good 30.15.
Saturday saw more good winners as owner Harry Seery of Taghmon got a nice victory in the first race at Shelbourne with Coyote Sea in 29.13.
Two more litter comrades were successful in Waterford when Mulrankin Sam and Mike scored in races four and six for owner Thomas Byrne of Tomhaggard.
The Eugene Dempsey (Castlebridge)-owned Skyview Blue has started the year in flying form.
After a fine win at Waterford on January 3, he followed up at Shelbourne last week to record his 15th race win in style in a time of 28.62. Eugene is having great sport with this dog.
Trainer David Morris (Enniscorthy) also got his winner at Waterford when Hangover Dec, owned by Cathal Doran and Declan Morris, led all the way to take the 575 yards contest in a useful time of 31.65 to round off a very good week of racing.