There were no fewer than eight 550-yard contests on display at Galway greyhound stadium last night and not for the first time, Dixie proved too strong for her rivals as she made it five wins from seven career outings.
After winning her first four races at Galway, Dixie suffered a couple of defeats last month but the January 20’ daughter of Jaytee Jet and Droopys Breeze got back to winning ways in good style last night in race eight. Owned by Tom Burke, Dixie broke best of all from her favoured trap one and she took full advantage of the long run to the bend in turning narrowly ahead of Muffin in second. It was a closely affair from here on in as Muffin kept the leader honest with only half a length separating the pair down the back straight. However, Dixie is nothing if not game and the consistent bitch pulled out more late on to cross the line with a length in hand over the persistent Muffin in second. The time for the 2/1 shot was a brisk 30.06.
WOMAN GOT LOOSE
Next best in terms of the clock came in the final race of the night as Loose Woman recorded a third career win for trainer Stephen Murray.
Owned by Helen Vaughan, Loose Woman went to boxes a 5/2 market chance and she broke best of all from trap three to show good early pace and lead around the opening turn. Taking a length and a half advantage into the back straight, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Ranchers Rainbow set a scorching gallop from there on in and she came home just shy of two lengths clear of Millrose Brandy in second. The time was a fast 30.10.
IN OTHER RACES
Flyers Iniesta had been threatening a big run in recent starts and the Patsy Richardson-owned black delivered in the penultimate race of the night. An A2 550, Flyers Iniesta broke only moderately from the trap one but he displayed huge early gears to take charge rounding the opener. The son of Droopys Jet and Newline Farrah, a 2/1 chance, opened up a healthy lead at this point and maintained a powerful gallop all the way to the winning line. Coming home over four lengths too good for Springwell Janey in second, the time was 30.22.
There were a couple of good sprint returns on the night and fastest of those went to Menmal Prince in race four for Michael Casey and Martin Fahy. A fine winner over four-bends late last month, Menmal Prince returned to sprinting action last night and he took no prisoners in running out an easy winner. Breaking smartly from trap four, the son of Paddys Magic and Cottage Brandy was always in control and he galloped to a three and three parts of a length victory over Bumblebee Dylan in second. The time was 19.02 for the 6/4 joint favourite.