Runaway first winner as racing returns
It was a cold start to the new season at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track on Thursday night, but there was a nice crowd in attendance.
Eight races featured on the card and the first of the year saw a runaway winner when trap four runner Reckatuneheff was impressive, taking this semi-final of the A6 stake by eight and a half lengths in a fast 29.06 to be made hot favourite for this week's final.
The second semi saw Hillburn Tiny score again in her second win from three starts.
She came home three lengths in front of reserve B Catch Me Outside who was very unlucky and may provide the main danger to Reckatuneheff this week. Hillburn's winning time was 29.89.
Race three was over the sprint distance of 350 yards, and Slaneyside Keys set the early pace before being overhauled by trap one runner Tagalong Sammy off the final bend. Tagalong went on to beat the fast-finishing Coolough Boy by one and a half lengths in a useful 19.18.
Race four saw another easy winner as trap one runner Dysert Michelle led up and raced to a clearcut six lengths win in a time of 29.23.
Race five, an A4, saw the lead change several times.
First of all Metric Seán showed in front but was quickly passed off the second bend by Tentone Princess, before trap one bitch Tree Tops Beauty came home best to score by a length from the rallying Metric in a winning time of 29.44.
Race six saw another winner come from off the pace as Ontheverge left it late enough to get the better of Alien Bee who also ran on well by two and a half lengths in 29.95.
Race seven went to the trap six box as Piercestown Zara was an emphatic winner. She powered away to leave the field seven lengths in her wake in a good time of 29.06.
The last race eight, an A1/2, was won in good style by favourite Brightside Vim who took over the running from leader Hot Diggity Dog off the second bend and ran out a snug winner in a time of 29.24.
January 25 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy A6 Sweepstake semi-final: 1, Reckatuneheff (owners, Jamie Reck and Brendan Fortune, Enniscorthy), 29.06; 2, Crucial Zara, 29.65.
Race two, Welcome to Enniscorthy A6 Sweepstake semi-final: 1, Hillburn Tiny (owner, Jessica Boyd, Tomhaggard), 29.89; 2, Catch Me Outside, 30.10.
Race three, The Loch Garman S3/S4 Sprint Stakes: 1, Tagalong Sammy (owner, Robert F. Bennett, Dipton Mill, England; trainer, Nick Turner, Barntown), 19.18; 2, Coolaught Boy, 19.28.
Race four, The Model County A5 Stakes: 1, Dysert Michelle (owner, Maria Byrne, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary), 29.23; 2, Falcon Blitz, 29.65.
Race five, The Unofficial Trials Every Wed. & Sat. A4 Stakes: 1, Tree Tops Beauty (owner, Brendan McDonald, Ballymurn), 29.44; 2, Metric Seán, 29.51.
Race six, The Slaney River A5 Stakes: 1, Ontheverge (owner, Tommy Mahoney, Barntown), 29.95; 2, Alien Bee, 30.12.
Race seven, The Show Grounds A3 Stakes: 1, Piercestown Zara (owner, Derek Larkin, Portlaw, Co. Waterford; trainer, Michael Meade, Waterford), 29.06; 2, Monalee Sara, 29.55.
Race eight, The Loch Garman A1/A2 Stakes: 1, Brightside Vim (owner, John Kavanagh, Enniscorthy), 29.24; 2, Hot Diggity Dog, 29.52.