Peter Farrell

There was some fine entertaining on show at Galway Greyhound Stadium last night and two of the standout displays came in the form of Orbsen Ash, who produced a career-best effort, while Kentucky also made it six wins from his last six starts at the Connacht venue.

Orbsen Ash brewed up a storm at the start of his career as he strung together four straight wins and despite his last win coming in May, the talented son of Droopys Jet and Scala Masie got back to winning ways in career best fashion last night as he flew around the Galway circuit.Owned by Tom Kelly, Orbsen Ash has fine early dash and he came away racing from trap four to show his rivals a clean pair of paws entering the opening turn. A 3/1 market chance, Orbsen Ash created daylight down the back as he opened a nice advantage over Croaghill Linda in second and he maintained a strong gallop all the way to the winning line. Four and a half lengths better off than Croaghill Linda at the line, the time for Orbsen Ash was a blistering 28.75 .10f.


The Tom Burke-owned Kentucky is proving a real class act and after winning the Grangeview Ten @ Stud 525 on his last start at Galway, he made it six wins on the bounce last night, all while ensuring he will once again be in A3 company next time out.

Kentucky is a dream greyhound to own as although he consistently gets his head in front, he never puts himself in danger of stepping up too many grades and despite moving to A3 company last night, he justified his even money price-tag in good style. A son of Jaytee Jet and Droopys Breeze, Kentucky broke best of all from trap two to take a lead of a couple of lengths into the back straight. The powerful tracker maintained a smart gallop rounding the penultimate bend as Brickhill Daisey now began to motor in behind and she looked a real threat as the winning line loomed large. However, Kentucky is as tough as they come and Tom Burke’s runner pulled out all the stops on the run for home to cross the line three parts of a length better off than his fast finishing rival, Brickhill Daisey, in second. The time was a good 29.04 .10s.


John Browne is never too far away from the winner’s circle at Galway and he sent out even money shot, Rathmeehan Stud, to claim a comfortable victory in race four. 

Having not endured the clearest of passages in his last couple of starts, Rathmeehan Stud got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion as he dismantled this A4 contest in terrific style. Breaking smartly from trap two, Rathmeehan Stud soon took control as he outpaced his rivals to the opening turn. It was one-way from there on in as the son of Newhall MIssile and Notimetotalk set a strong gallop the penultimate turn before drawing clear thereafter. Motoring to a fine victory, Rathmeehan Stud really pressed home his advantage late on and he crossed the line seven and a half lengths clear of Creevy Pearl in second. The time was a brisk 28.97 .10f.


The opening race of the night saw a brilliant performance from the Martin Fahy-trained  Menmal Prince (Paddys Magic - Cottage Brandy).Only a December 19’ whelp, Menmal Prince was a beaten odds-on favourite on his first career start but he wasn’t to suffer the same fate this time around as the talented black broke smartly from trap six to lead early doors. From here, Michael Casey’s and Martin Fahy’s 1/2 shot set a powerful gallop and he proved just shy of four lengths better than nearest rival, Hot Melt, in second. The time was a swift 29.16 .10f.

The Ronan McGrath-owned Foxwood Hondo also produced a lovely display in race three on the card as he made it back-to-back wins while improving over a second in the process. A winner from off-the-pace last time out in 30.16, Foxwood Hondo was much slicker into stride last night as he broke well from one to follow Blakemount Lotto into the opening turn. Taking charge down the back, the son of Laughil Blake and Foxwood Gemma, a 2/1 market chance, set a decent gallop thereafter and despite the persistent challenge of Blakemount Lotto, McGrath’s black held on to cross the line a half a length better off The time was  29.13 .10f.

Fastest on the night over the two-bend trip was the Stephen Murray-trained Bumblebee Dylan as he justified his starting odds of 4/6 to make it three wins on the spin for connections. Owned by Sam Conlon, Bumblebee Dylan has really hit form in his last few starts and he produced a career best clock last time as he pinged the lids from trap six. Taking a comfortable lead into the opening turn, the result was never in doubt for the son of Droopys Jet and Gunner Maise as he stayed on stoutly in the closing stages to cross the line with two and three parts of a length in hand over Millrose Minnie in second. The time was a fast 19.08 .5f.

Much like her last performance, Drombeg Diva produced another trap-to-line display in race eight, a 550-yard contest. Owned by Evan McAuliffe, Drombeg Diva went to boxes a generous 4/1 shot and she duly broke in front from trap six to narrowly lead Dixie early on. Opening a two length lead down the back, the daughter of Laughil Bolt and Teachers Friend showed no signs of any let up in the closing yards as she crossed the line with that same advantage in hand over the favourite, Dixie, who was forced to settle for second place. The time was a smart 30.17 .10f.