Peter Farrell

There were some fine performances at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium last night as a number of greyhounds dipped under the twenty-nine second barrier.

The highlight on the card was the two semi-finals of the November ON3 525 and it was Mallogs King who produced a very likeable performance for Sean Drohan as the April 20’ whelp powered to victory in the opening semi. A well-bred son of Droopys Sydney and Droopys Flavour, Mallogs King came into the event with respectable trial form but he clearly holds plenty of talent as he ran out a comfortable winner. Only moderately into stride wearing the red jacket, Mallogs King showed lovely early dash to take control of proceedings at the opening bend. From here, Mallogs King stretched clear of his rivals down the back straight and it was all one-way traffic thereafter as he galloped to a six length win over Coolbeg Whatical in second. The time was a fast 28.86.


Blackstone Zuma may be over three years of age but an interrupted career had seen him race just four times prior to last night. However, he made his fifth start an emphatic one as he ran out a brilliant winner of race two for the Tavern-Five syndicate.

Running from trap two, Blackstone Zuma broke smartly from the inside and stretched out nicely to open a two length lead down the back straight. From here, the son of Droopys Jet and Blackstone Angie was never under threat of getting caught as after posting a rapid 16.07 to the third turn, he proceeded to stay on well and record a two length win over Ardnasool Chase in second. The time was a brisk 28.66.


In race three, Arrigle Blake made it back-to-back wins for Matthew Ryan as he stepped back in trip to win impressively. Running from the striped jacket, Arrigle Blake broke swiftly from the outside and he displayed fine acceleration to outpace his rivals into the opening bend. It was a straightforward task thereafter for the son Laughil Blake and Monroe Beag as he stormed home to record a three and a half length victory over Chubbys Whisper in second. The time was a good 16.36.

Minor Droopy (Droopys Jet - Minor Racer) performed admirably throughout the Matchbook Betting Exchange Irish St. Leger at Limerick in recent weeks and Mary O’Connor’s bitch continued her good form with a nice victory in race seven. Running from trap three, Minor Droopy broke only moderately but she took control from Clondoty Seamie approaching the third bend. Maintaining a good gallop thereafter, Cloncunny Peecee came with a big effort in the closing stages but it was to be in vain as Minor Droopy held on to win by half a length. The time was a slick 28.86.

There was a convincing win in race eight as Crohane Ruby doubled her career tally to two wins for Thomas Simpson and Declan Byrne. Breaking smartly wearing the red jacket, the daughter of Crohane Ronnie and Key Factor proved a class above her rivals as she emerged a six and a half length winner over Ballinabola Dan in second. The time was 28.93.

The final greyhound to dip under 29-seconds was Blastoff Butch in the penultimate race of the night. Owned by the West-Ham syndicate, Blastoff Butch was aiming for a fifth career win and he broke well from four in his attempts to do so. Maintaining a strong gallop thereafter, the son of Droopys Jet and Blastoff Sally was a length and a half clear of Minor Trump crossing the line. The time was 28.97.