Owners shine in Waterford
It was a good weekend for Co. Wexford greyhound owners, with six of the eleven races won at Waterford track on Saturday.
Owner John Spracklen of Saltmills got things going in race two when his Moreton Dante (trap one) scored a comfortable two lengths win over the sprint trip of 325 in a time of 18.08.
It was race six then before the Tommy Woods (Enniscorthy)-owned Lord Ruso trapped well from his trap one draw and was never in danger as he raced to his 15th win in a time of 31.94 (575 yards).
Race seven saw a great battle to the line between Metric Minnie and Druids Ladybird, with the Pauline Byrne (Enniscorthy)-owned Metric getting the verdict by the minimum distance in a time of 29.51.
Race eight saw the Nick Turner-trained and Eoghan Ruttledge-owned Glynnscross Maya also get the short head verdict, taking up the running at the third bend before holding the challenge of Black Caesar in a time of 29.13.
Race nine saw an all Co. Wexford line-up and a very good race it was as favourite Urban Wood set the pace but the challengers were building off the last bend. Trap six's Free Eagle swooped close to home to grab the money by half a length in a time of 29.47.
The Bootleg Syndicate (Mayglass), c/o David Day are the winning owners and the winning streak continued in race ten as Oakfront Miller set the pace over the 575 yards trip. However, fellow Enniscorthy runner High Sparky was looming on approach to the last bend and duly proved too strong on the run to the line to score for the 16th time for owner Michael Furlong in 32.15.
The Gold Cup got under way at Shelbourne Park and the Eugene Dempsey (Castlebridge)-owned Skyview Blue ran a cracking race in his first round heat, leading up to halfway between the final bend to run a gallant second and book his place in the second round this Saturday night.
Next Sunday, February 1, is a big night of finals in Clonmel run in conjuction with Clonmel national coursing weekend, and Co. Wexford owners are well represented.
The Oliver 'Hopper' McGrath-owned Willmount Jewell will line up in the Zero Ten At Stud A3/4 bitch final, while in the Boylesport Hero At Stud A2/3 puppy final, the John Atkinson (Enniscorthy)-owned Leahs Warrior along with the Tommy Mahoney (Barntown)-owned Gymstar Vernon will line up.
Then in the Sporting Press A1/2 550 yards final the Joe Devlin (Wexford town)-owned Hey Biddie will go from trap one.