Tierney's double on a bitterly cold night
It was another bitterly cold night at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track on Thursday, and hopefully the weather will warm up sooner rather than later in the coming weeks.
Kilmore owner/trainer Ian Tierney had a very good night, scoring a very nice double.
His Moma Mermaid raced home strongly up the straight to beat leader Bubba Jet easily in race four, the sprint, in a time of 19.16 over 350 yards.
The double was completed when pocket rocket Bugatti Petite showed the field a clear pair of paws from trap rise in race eight to clearly lead to the opening bend.
Bugatti was never in any danger of defeat after that, running out a two and a half length winner in a best of the night time of 29.14 for young owner Philip Tierney. Bugatti has now recorded ten race wins.
The race of the night was the last, an A1, as three runners turned for home to face the judge. Leader Karlow Crean was being hunted down by favourite Brightside Vim and the power-packed finishing run of Piercestown Moll, but Karlow just had enough to hold on to score from Piercestown in a time of 29.18.
It was Karlow's 19th race win, having been a great servant for his owners, the WKC syndicate from Co. Carlow.
The easiest winner of the night was the Laurence Bolton-Lee victor of race three as his Longslip Misty led from trap to line to score by a wide margin in a time of 29.30.
There was a good Wexford success on the big night of finals in Clonmel on Sunday week when the Niamh Murphy (Ballinaboola)-owned Ballinaboola Theo scored a fine win in the final of the Greyhound Pet Store Guys and Dolls A3/4 Stake in a good 29.07.
February 15 results - race one, The Welcome to the Show Grounds Stakes: 1, Rowestown Becky (owner, Philip Coleman, Co. Wexford), 29.74; 2, Black Tusk, 29.95.
Race two, The Welcome To Enniscorthy A6 Stakes: 1, Hillside Kelpie, res. C (owner, Eleanor Turner, Enniscorthy), 29.53; 2, Karlow Buster, 29.60.
Race three, The Market Square A5 Stakes: 1, Longslip Misty (owner, Laurence Bolton-Lee, Gorey), 29.30; 2, Crucial Zara, 29.72.
Race four, The Track Bar Sprint Stakes: 1, Moma Mermaid (owner, Ian Tierney, Kilmore), 19.16; 2, Bubba Jet, 19.33.
Race five, The Racing Back On Mondays 5th March Stakes: 1, Battstreet Chick (owner, Eugene McCabe, The Faythe), 29.39; 2, Sandeal Racer, 29.42.
Race six, The Thursday Official Trials Now at 5.30pm Stakes: 1, Connollys Boy (owner, James Connolly, Enniscorthy), 29.16; 2, Miniinthebox, 29.33.
Race seven, The Model County Stakes: 1, Piercestown Iron (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown), 29.19; 2, Lord Lady, 29.36.
Race eight, The Loch Garman 525 Stakes: 1, Bugatti Petite (owner, Philip Tierney, Kilmore; trainer, Ian Tierney), 29.13; 2, Ketch Up Snoopy, 29.30.
Race nine, The Model County Get Out Stakes: 1, Karlow Crean (owner, Henry Kelly, Co. Carlow), 29.18; 2, Piercestown Moll, 29.21.