Peter Farrell

Last night saw the two semi finals of the Killee Town ON3 Unraced 525 take centre stage at Clonmel greyhound stadium and after an eye-catching debut win in the opening round, Fabulous Syrah maintained her unbeaten career start with another polished performance.

Owned by David FIrmager and trained by Adam Dunford, Fabulous Syrah showed big pace last week to maneuver through runners and post 29.32. However, despite enduring another troublesome passage last night, the promising April 20’ whelp duly shaved just shy of six lengths off her prior clock to win in style. Quickest into stride wearing the blue jacket, Fabulous Syrah shipped a hefty bump at the opening corner as Fastnet Dasha led into the back. That lead was short-lived however, as Fabulous Syrah flew between runners at this point to take control upon entrance to the penultimate bend. It was straightforward thereafter for the daughter of Kilty Lad and Fabulous Pin as she stormed clear to cross the line three and a half lengths better off than Fleeting Angel in second. The time was 28.91.

The second semi final was landed in trap-to-line fashion by the Marion Kennedy-owned Miss Ella. After just failing by a short-head on debut, the September 19’ whelp turned the tables on Sash Attack as she broke well from five to lead the latter throughout. Pulling clear in the final fifty yards, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Galloping Maeve stayed on strongly to cross the line two and a half lengths clear of Sash Attack, in a time of 29.17.


Elsewhere on the card, the quickest time came in the night’s opening race as Roaming Prima comfortably sealed victory for joint owners Anthony Dwyer and Valerie Buckley. 

Roaming Prima was having only her second career start last night after landing her debut in a fine 28.99 at Curraheen Park in March of this year. The Graham Holland-trained bitch hadn’t been seen since but she returned to Clonmel in style last night to run out a convincing winner. Running from trap two, Roaming Prima was well away and made the most of her rails pitch to round the opening bend in a healthy position. Holding a length advantage over Maughera Joker in second, it was the final one-hundred yards where the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Yahoo Katy was to come good as she stayed strong to win by three lengths at the line. The time was a fast 28.75.


The concluding race of the night saw Heavens Shadow continue his rich vein of form as he sealed a hat-trick of wins for Suzanne O’Neill.

A winner of his last two starts in 29.38 and 29.02 respectively, Heavens Shadow is certainly heading in the right direction as he continues to improve and he recorded a career-best effort in what was an A2 event last night. Rocketing from trap five, the son of Good News and Heavens Lilly set a powerful gallop early on as he developed a four length lead over Suir Road in second. The leader was never under any pressure thereafter and although Suir Road did close the deficit, Heavens Shadow was still a length and a half too strong at the winning line. The time was a rapid 28.79.


In race two of the night, Kilara Eclipse made an impressive start to his racing career for trained David Flanagan. Owned by Philip O’Keeffe, the February 20’ whelp didn't get everything his own way as he broke slowly from three and was forced to check at the opener which left him trailing the field entering the back straight. However, showing fine dash at this point, the son of Droopys Jet and Kilara Lizzie sliced through runners to hit the front at the penultimate turn and he never looked back thereafter. Galloping to a two length win of Nearlylagertime in second, the time was 29.00.

There was an Open 525 also down for decision on the night and this was landed by the Maria Kennedy-owned Good Diva. It was Golden Mist who came away like a scalded cat from trap two but the race had a certain inevitability about it once Good Diva turned a close second entering the back straight. Taking charge rounding the penultimate turn, the well-bred daughter of Belles Direction and Jaytee Sahara raced to a one and a half length success over Golden Mist in second. The time was a slick 28.84.

Jumpy John also dipped under the 29-second barrier in the penultimate race of the night for owned Elizabeth Sives as he made it back-to-back wins at Clonmel. Breaking only moderately from trap one, the son of Sonic and Exciting Style showed the superior early dash to lead around the opener. From here, Jumpy John developed a healthy lead and although Minor Droopy made major inroads into the lead in the closing stages, Jumpy John held firm to cross the line with a length and a half in hand. The time was 28.98

There were a number of sprint contests on the night but best of those went to the Shane & Michael McCormack-owned Archgrove Ronnie as the veteran performer recorded an eleventh career win. Fast approaching his fifth birthday, Archgrove Ronnie clearly maintains plenty of ability as he bounced from trap two to show immediate acceleration into the opening turn. From here, it was a closely run contest for the son of Boherna House and Archgrove Millie as he held off Classic Salah by half a length at the winning line. The time for 16.37.