Owners well rewarded on their travels
THE WEATHER is playing havoc with the going at tracks in recent weeks as some are flying and others are running slow.
Punters need to be aware there will be some up and down results in the coming weeks.
There has been some great news in the last few weeks for greyhound racing with the announcement of a Breeders Cup-type of champions night at Shelbourne later in the year, and now J.P. McManus is to sponsor the second-richest race, a Juvenile Stake at Limerick, with an €80,000 first prize.
That's all great and good, but what about the other tracks? The board has cut the grants, with only eight races on Monday nights or Friday nights, yet twelve races for Shelbourne and Limerick.
Small owners and breeders get no benefit from this at all.
If the core of any sport is let go there will be nothing left. The money needs to be spread so all get benefit and this needs to be looked into sooner rather than later.
Due to the lack of Open and A1 races and Stakes at Enniscorthy, owners are still having to travel and with great success again last week.
Wedensday night saw a fine double at Shelbourne when the Ronnie Shinkwin Jnr.-owned 'Piercestown East' ('Hondo Black-Piercestown Pet') recorded his third win from nine starts when he got home by half a length to take the seventh race, an A2, in 29.10.
In the next race, an A1, the form was franked by 'Ballinaboola Boss' ('Droopys Maldini-Blackstone Joy') who had beaten the former by six lengths in his last race.
'Boss' scored after a battle with 'Riverside Fred' in a good 28.72 and was scoring for the sixth time from 13 starts.
Both these dogs are on the upgrade and worth keeping in mind in the coming weeks. Niamh Murphy is the lucky owner of 'Ballinaboola Boss'.
On Friday night at Kilkenny there was another good win in the first round of the Red Mills Champion Juvenile when the Kelly Swan-owned ' Ketch Up Pet' ('Hondo Black-Piercestown Pet') put in a strong finish to force a dead heat with 'Allen Master' in 29.15.
Waterford on Saturday night saw a four-timer for Co. Wexford owners. It started with the fourth race, an N.O. Unraced race, which went to the Aidan and John Roche-owned 'Kingsmill Ace' ('Top Honcho-Lunar Vacation') who led and held the challenge of 'Svetas Jewel' to go away to score well in 29.12.
The fifth race, a semi-final of the Whiskey Waters Stake, went to the Derek Wilde-owned 'Carrigoe Essie' ('Nobooth For Gary-Marys Moment') who broke well from trap six to score by five lengths from another Wexford runner, 'Jades Gem', in 29.18. 'Carrigoe' is the likely favourite for this week's final.
The Leanne Butler-owned 'Telex Boss' has been in top form of late and he put his good early pace to use to lead and ran on well to score in 29.03.
'Telex' is trained by Anton Butler and has scored his ninth win, and on this form the son of 'Royal ImpactDubai Regent' will be hard to beat in this grade, A1.
Race nine, an A2, saw the David Jordan-owned 'Archaton Legend' ('Killahan Panther-Archaton Queen') come in as reserve and take his chance when getting up the inside of 'Ballycowen Jim' at the first bend to go on to hold the strong-finishing 'Minglers Port' by two lengths in 29.06 to record his eleventh win.
Newbridge saw another Co. Wexford winner when the Carol O'Connor-owned 'Rockmount Eagle' ('Westmead Hawk-Rockmount Flo') took heat four of the Mary Ramsbottom A3/4 550 Stake, and he is proving a great money-spinner, scoring his tenth win as well as nine seconds and seven thirds from 33 starts. Brendan Murphy is the trainer.