Peter Farrell

There were a number of fine performances over the past couple of nights at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium and while Minor Droopy went quickest at last night’s meeting, Karnten Rockett also caught the eye as he produced a dominant display on Thursday night. 

Minor Droopy is a regular at Clonmel greyhound stadium and Mary O’Connor’s charge rarely runs a bad race. Last night, the daughter of Droopys Jet and Minor Racer posted a fourth career success in emphatic fashion as she took control at the 300-yard box before running out to a routine victory. Quickly into stride from trap five, Minor Droopy was hustled out of it at the opening turn as Faithful Vinnie held all the aces entering the back straight. However, as we’ve seen in the past, Minor Droopys is a strong running lady and she duly stormed to the front at the midway point before pulling clear to record a five and a half length victory over Five Alley Crakl in second. The time was a swift 28.74.


On Thursday night, there was a terrific display in the opening race of the night as February 2020’ whelp, Karnten Rockette, dismantled an A6 field in smart fashion.

Owned by Lucy Fitzgerald and trained by Maurice Organ, Karnten Rockette was turned over on debut by just half a length but she was to make no such mistakes on Thursday night as the 65-pounder led from the outset to win at her leisure. Running from trap four, Karntee Rockette was bullet like from traps as she took a length advantage into the back straight from Giglis Drogo in second. Setting a strong gallop down the back, it was at the penultimate corner where the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Badminton Maid was to really assert. Drawing clear of her rivals, Karnten Rockette stretched further and further clear in the closing yards as she crossed the line nine lengths better off than Giglis Drogo in second. The time was a fast 29.06. Incidentally, this bitch is out of Badminton Maid, a full sister to Ballydoyle Honey, who has produced the likes of Jaytee Japan in previous litters. Watch this space!


Back to Friday night’s action and Paraic Campion recorded a double on the night as his runners, Blue Kia and Determination both ran out comprehensive winners of their respective events.

Blue Kia was first up in race two, an A6 525, as the March 2020’ whelp produced a fine display to outline his bright future going forward. Owned by Matthew Bergin, the son of Ballymac Bolger and Ballymac Kia broke well from trap one but it was his electric early gears which left him in front turning the opening corner. Developing a nice lead thereafter, Twinkle did close the gap in behind but it was too little too late for the rivals of Blue Kia as he crossed the line two lengths better off, in a time of 29.40.

The double was completed in the very next race as Determination (Magical Bale - Road Queen) showed just that in running out a four length winner. This time owned by Paraic Campion himself, the April 2020’ really took this contest by the scruff of the neck and in truth, she proved a class above her rivals in doing so. Breaking smartly from trap two, Determination showed the field and clean pair of paws as she tracked expertly throughout before crossing the line four length clear of Riverside Peanut in second. The time was 29.35.