After some sparkling action in the opening round of the Explosive Boy Unraced Bitch Stake at Clonmel Greyhound Stadium, the second round action continued last night and although there were plenty of shock defeats, the standard showed no signs of slipping.
The opening heat of the night was widely seen as a match between Clogheen Lass and Annagh Lucy but it was the former who ran out a comprehensive winner for Graham Holland as she recorded the fastest clock of the second round.
Annagh Lucy showed brilliant early speed last week on route to victory and it was Rachel Wheeler’s runner who once again broke swiftly from trap three to lead early. Followed in second by the improving Clogheen Lass from six, it didn’t take long for the daughter of Laughil Duke and Leevalley Dancer to assert. Sweeping the opening corner to shoot clear, Clogheen Lass quickly developed a healthy advantage over her rivals and there was only going to be one outcome thereafter. Stretching out nicely, the Farran-And-Away syndicate-owned bitch romped to a seven length victory over the dead-heating pair of Annagh Lucy and Emers Cindy to seal back-to-back victories and maintain her unbeaten career start. The time was a quick 28.57. (Sectional 16.18)
In heat two, Blissful Kathy built on her promising opening round display with a fine win for William and Karol Ramsbottom.
An October 19’ whelp, Blissful Kathy caught the eye staying on well behind Annagh Lucy last week and she delivered on her second career start as she stormed to a comfortable win for connections. Only moderately into stride from trap four, the daughter of Droopys Jet and Ridgedale Martha was forced to tuck in behind the early leader, Tullymurry Ellie, in the opening exchanges but stepping it up a notch approaching the penultimate, she stormed up the inside before pulling clear in the closing stages. Crossing the line four lengths clear of Tullymurry Ellie in second, the time was a rapid 28.59 as Annagh Chloe took the final qualifying position in third. A notable exit in this heat was last week’s impressive winner, Florentis. (Sectional 16.34)
KOKORA OUT AS BONNY EXCELS
After her spectacular opening round performance, Crafty Kokoro was expected to take all the beating in heat four but a slow start and major traffic issues meant that she made an unexpected exit as Aghaburren Bonny landed the spoils.
Owned by Mossy O’Leary, Aghaburren Bonny could only manage third on debut outing but she is clearly in possession of a fine engine as she led from the outset to record a straightforward victory in the end. Only an April 20’ whelp, the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Aghaburren Model trapped well wearing red and showed a nice turn of early pace on the rail before rounding in front. Traffic problems in behind meant Aghaburren Bonny went clear into the back and she stayed on well thereafter to secure a six and a half length success over Sporting Charity in second. The time was a smart 28.81 as Ballinabola Evie took third, a further head back.Meanwhile, Crafty Kokoro met trouble on multiple occasions in the race and it’s worth noting the huge amount of ground this bitch made to fly into the pick-up. She is certainly one to keep an eye on in the future. (Sectional 16.34)
ROSY GETS OFF THE MARK
Heat three saw another upset as Glenbervie Rosy (Ballymac Best - Tullig Bonnie) broke her maiden tag with a fast-finishing effort for owner Damien O’Regan.
After an excellent opening round performance, it was Hillview Queen who was expected to land the spoils but after missing the break from trap two, it was Westway Lolita who shot clear rounding the opening turn and proceeded to set a fine gallop down the back straight. Holding a decent advantage into the penultimate turn, Westway Lolita continued to show the way as the winning line loomed large. However, edging closer all the time was Glenbervie Rosy and she called the judge into action as she accounted for a short-head victory over Westway Lolita in second. The time was 28.82 with Bright Sadie sealing third. (Sectional 16.23)
LULU & LEAH COMPLETE HOLLAND HAT-TRICK
Aside from the victory for Clogheen Lass, Graham Holland sent out two other winners on the night as both Bockos Leah and Hullaba Lulu both notched wins.
First up was Bockos Leah in race six, a sprint contest, as she delivered on her opening race promise for owner Beverley Lochead. A December 19’ daughter of Kinloch Brae and Singing Hen, Bockos Leah broke smartly from trap two and she showed the superior early foot to race past her rivals on the run to the opening bend. From here, it was a routine victory for the promising bitch as she claimed a three and a half length win over Classic Salah in second. The time was a blistering 16.20.
The treble was completed in the final race of the night as Hullaba Lulu. Owned by the Parachute-syndicate, this bitch was a good winner last time out and she duly doubled her career tally with a nice win where she improved almost six lengths on the clock. Quickly away from trap one, the daughter of Ballymac Vic and Ballydoyle Honey made every yard as she came home a length clear of Tivoli Pat in second. The time was 28.79.
IN OTHER RACES
There was a sparkling performance in race two as Suir Road recorded the fastest time of the night. Owned by Liam Ryan, the October 19’ son of Droopys Sydney and Dalcash Kalade hit the deck last time out but he showed no signs of ill-effect as he romped to five and a half length win. Breaking well from trap three, Suir Road took charge off the second bend and he set a scorching gallop to make every post a winner thereafter. Coming home clear of his rivals, he recorded a brilliant 28.54.
Tullovin Olive made it three wins on the spin in the penultimate race of the night as Michael Ryan’s charge showed a different string to her bow. Running from trap four, the daughter of Ballymac Best and Killinin Baby chased Ata Boy Leo for large parts of the contest before powering to the front at the penultimate bend and running out a good victor. A length and a half length clear over the strong-running Bombay Joe at the winning line, the time was 28.71.