Oliver Healy’s Dramatic Rosie (Vulturi/ Coyote Queen) made it three wins from five appearances when winning the final of the Steve Kennedy Memorial at Tralee on Friday.
The Rising Unraced Stake has a habit of throwing up star performers and this year’s event, which consisted of just two semi-finals at Youghal on Friday, could well follow in the rich tradition.
There was an emphatic performance from Margaret McCarthy’s Ballads Forlife (Razldazl Rioga/ Ditcheat Girl) when winning the final of the Paul Reidy Construction final at Tralee on Friday.
There was an unsatisfactory finish to racing at Kilkenny on Friday night when the last heat of the Gain Dog Nutrition A3 had to be declared void due to a malfunction of the hare.
Both Droopys Noah and Man Twenty One maintained their unbeaten records in the quarter finals of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Shelbourne on Friday night and little separated the pair on the clock with the latter going just one spot faster.
As with last week’s opening round, the second round of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby produced a series of brilliant performances at Shelbourne Park on Friday night with six greyhounds in all maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition.
Eve of Derby night is always special in Dublin and the switch to Shelbourne Park this year certainly did not diminish the occasion.
There was a major upset in the final of the Langton Hotel/ TSC Derby at Kilkenny on Friday night when the Karol Ramsbottom trained Hey Rebellion (Scolari Me Daddy/ Hey Ruby) ran out a convincing winner of the stake.
Man Twenty One duly landed the odds in the final of the €9,000 Texacloth Juvenile Derby at Newbridge on Friday and now he is set to challenge for the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Shelbourne next Friday.
Trainer Murt Leahy has a near stranglehold over the €4,750 Langton Hotel/ TSC Derby at Kilkenny after winning the two heats on Friday night and also getting a third dog through to next weekend’s final.
The Marie Gilbert trained Right Half Back (Oaks Road/ Miss Intensus) was the pacesetter in the semi-finals of the Texacloth Juvenile Derby at Newbridge on Friday night.
Fastest first round winner Dutch Dream (Sparta Maestro/ Hylda Glyder) again posted the fastest return in the second round of the Langton Hotel/TSC Derby at Kilkenny on Friday.
The Dublin Cup and the prize of €5,500 travelled to Waterford on Friday night when the Michael Meade owned Oldavysdog (Ballymac Vic/ Seskin Diva) was an authoritative all the way winner of the €5,500 final at Shelbourne Park.
There was no doubt about the star performer in Friday’s second round heats of the Texacloth Juvenile Derby at Newbridge when the Brendan Maunsell trained Man Twenty One (Kinloch Brae/ Acela Express) powered home a six length winner in a flying 28.45.
Just a night after scoring a double at Shelbourne, trainer Murt Leahy went one better at his local Kilkenny Track on Friday when he had a treble in the opening round of the Langton Hotel Derby.
The semi-finals of the valuable Dublin Cup A4 were run at Shelbourne last night and the fastest qualifier was Fred Anderson’s Some More (Vans Escalade/ Thorn Brae Lee) which followed up last week’s impressive victory with a clear cut success in 28.76.
The best wine was kept to last in the Texacloth Juvenile Derby first round at Newbridge on Friday when John Houlihan’s Misty Supreme (Droopys Cain/ Misty Survivor) gave a very strong performance when running out a seven length winner of Heat 6 in a best of the session 28.57.
There may have been a very disappointing entry for the valuable Dublin Cup A4 but the first round heats produced some fine racing at Shelbourne.
The final of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup provided a real spectacle at Dundalk on Friday with Heisman landing the €20,000 prize with a professional display of sprinting as he held off the brave bitch Forest Natalee in an enthralling finish.
Fast times was the order of the night at Dundalk when the semi-finals of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup were run on Friday.
Just one spot separated the heat winners in the semi-finals of the Speedrite Dog Food Rose of Tralee Stakes at Tralee on Friday with the James Broderick owned Promising (Godsend/ Sandals Oz) marginally the fastest.
The Kevin Losty trained Black Eyed Peppa (Big Daddy Cool/ Black Eyed Boss) has emerged as a real star during the Monthly DGOBA A2/3 Stake at Shelbourne and he gave another powerful performance when winning the final on Friday.
The Tom Lennon and Colin Rafter owned Lemon Donald (Scolari Me Daddy/ Lemon Bullet) maintained his unbeaten path through the competition when a late surge saw him capture the final of the Frank Wall A2 525 at Kilkenny on Friday.
Monrose was rewarded for her bravery and determination in the final of the €2,500 HRX Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne Park on Friday night.
The Pat Buckley trained Droopys Dargle (Ballymac Eske/ Droopys Hilda) again emphasised her huge potential when posting a brilliant victory in the opening semi-final of the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate at Galway on Friday night.
The Gain Corn Cuchulainn certainly produces thrilling finals and for the second year in a row Airmount Tess won the final by a short head after a memorable battle for most of the journey with a gallant Frankies Lady.
It was a night of shocks in the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk on Friday but it was also an explosive occasion with the Lawrence and Brian Jones owned Heisman (Brett Lee/ Claddagh Pearl) setting a new trap record for the 400 yards when winning the first heat in 20.94.
The opening session of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup produced a host of fine performances at Dundalk on Friday and the best wine was reserved to last with Compliance clocking a best of the night 21.18 when winning the concluding heat.
The Pat Buckley trained Droopys Dargle (Ballymac Eske/ Droopys Hilda) confirmed the massive promise of his debut performance a week earlier when powering to a marvellously impressive victory in the quarter final of the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate at Galway on Friday.