The opening round of the 2021 Waterford Select Stakes provided some top-class racing in Waterford on Tuesday evening and with only nine spots separating the three winners, it is sure to be another fabulous event at Kilcohan Park.
Cappawhite trainer Pat Buckley was in top form, landing a superb double.
Doolin Duke, trained by Buckley for Kenny Glen, made a winning reappearance in the opening heat. Pacing up well along the outside, Doolin Duke drove a lovely opening corner to lead.
Leading fancies Native Maestro and Newinn Session made a mess of the start. The last-named took an early bump as Kilgraney Patsy was searching for the rail. Native Maestro did well to turn second around the opening turns, but upfront, Doolin Duke was powering along, moving five clear. It was the winner’s first competitive outing since the back end of last year and he looked in need of the run late on.
Native Maestro showed plenty of pace in behind and at the line, just half a length separated the front two, in 28.60. Newinn Session also ran well in third, three lengths behind the runner up.
English Greyhound Derby champion Deerjet Sydney made it a double for Pat Buckley and Kenny Glen when taking the third and final heat.
The winner totally mistimed the start and he looked in serious trouble early doors. Chasing Belfast bolted from traps and he set a strong early pace. Sydney showed a lovely injection of pace around the opening turns and he was within two lengths of the leader at halfway. Railing well to lead at the second last bend, he held the running-on Catchmeflying, by a length and a half, in 28.69. Three lengths back to Supporting Emery in third.
BRILLIANT BLAKE ONCE AGAIN
Quickest on the clock in the opening round of the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint on Saturday night, Skylight Blake delivered another outstanding display in the second heat.
Trained by Nicky Walsh for owners the Skylight-Syndicate, the flying early pacer wasn't the quickest from traps, but he showed devastating early speed to soon lead. Deadly Samuri really put it up to him heading down the back, but Skylight Blake had all the answers. A length the difference at the second last bend, Skylight Blake kept on gamely to score, by a length, from Deadly Samuri, in 28.68. Three and a half lengths back to Newinn Hero in third.
IN OTHER RACES
Mooncoin trainer recorded a magnificent treble on the 12-race card. Angry Blue (Confident Rankin-Angry Lauren) is clearly an exciting talent after producing a stunning 28.74 winning effort in the opener for owner, Liam Walsh. Showing plenty of early dash, he had this in safekeeping in a matter of strides. Soon three lengths clear, the impressive puppy raced to a ten length success, in 28.74. He's one to watch going forward for Peter Cronin.
Race five, the final of the Waterford Track Supporters Club 325 yard final went the way of Brynoffa Archie, for Emma Mackey. In fine form in recent weeks, this was another really smart performance. With the outcome never in doubt, the July puppy recorded three straight wins, in 17.93, five lengths clear of his nearest rival.