RODDICK SERVES AN ACE IN EPIC OPENER AT LIMERICK

Peter Farrell

Sweepstake action dominated last night’s Limerick race card with both the ‘Epic Hero Leger Winner 2020 525’ and the ‘Johnny Waters Memorial 525’ getting underway.

There were several high quality performances on the night with Bright Roddick best of all as he posted the fastest time of the session.

Owned by Mary Lynch, Bright Roddick has picked up where he left off in 2020 as he made it back-to-back wins with a hugely impressive display. A winner in 29.15 last time out, Bright Roddick was only moderately into stride from trap one but showed fine early dash to dispute the lead early on with Small Faces in trap four. The inside line proved crucial at the opening bend and Bright Roddick held his line to round the corner a clear leader. Now in full flow down the back straight, the son of Droopys Roddick - Bright Bee was in familiar territory as he strengthened his advantage to five lengths heading into the penultimate bend. The result never in doubt, Bright Roddick flew up the straight to record a comfortable, five and a half length victory. The time was a very slick 28.83.

SKY AND PAUL NEXT BEST

Not too far behind on the clock, both Tullovin Sky (Taylors Sky - Tullovin Fire) and Bling Bling Paul (SH Avatar - Killinan Reina) landed their respective heats in 28.88.

First up was Tullovin Sky in heat three and all eyes were on Buttsys Best after his 18.70 sprint effort last time out. However, after a poor start from trap six, Buttsys Best found Tullovin Sky a worthy adversary in trap three. Breaking in front from white, Tullovin Sky rounded the opening turn clear with Buttsys Best showing phenomenal early speed to recover from sluggish start and follow the leader around in second. The latter quickly joined the leader down the back straight and it was nip and tuck between the bottom two bends. Tullovin Sky is a tough nut to crack however, and Michael Ryan’s charge pulled out more in the closing stages to account for a length victory over Buttsys Best, who ran a big race in second. The time, as reported, was 28.88.

Bling Bling Paul followed suit in heat five as John Meehan’s youngster made light work of a talented field to score in style. Quickly into stride wearing the white jacket, Bling Bling Paul outpaced Burren Ripple to the opening bend to take a three length lead into the back straight. Pressing home his advantage from halfway, the son of SH Avatar stayed on strongly in the final fifty yards and ran out a most convincing, five and a half length winner. Again, the time was 28.88.

HEAT WATCH

Another greyhound who broke the 29 second barrier came in the final heat of the night as Full Throttle (Kinloch Brae - Fantasy Lady) came from off the pace to score. The lead changed hands on numerous occasions in this contest as both Beaming Petal and Boyhero exchanged blows early on. However, Full Throttle, owned by Morgan O’Neill who was seeking a double on the night, produced a powerful display late on to run out a four length winner. The time was a smart 28.96.

The opening heat of the night got Morgan O’Neill’s night off to a flier as Honourable Mate won in trap-to-line fashion. Breaking in front from trap three, Honourable Mate showed plenty of courage and determination at the first turn to narrowly avoid traffic and from here, the son of Droopys Buick - Droopys Piece went about his business in good style. Despite the best efforts of Paradise Mozart, who showed eye-catching pace down the back, Honourable Mate held firm to record a three parts of a length victory. Ballymac Express a further short head back in third as the clock returned 29.21.

In heat two, Allegra Blue (Droopys Nidge - Rathmeehan Cragg) got back to winning ways for owner Marion Moloney. Edging inwards from trap four early on, Allegra Blue had to make do with third place rounding the opening corner but once the field had straightened itself out, there was only one greyhound that looked a winner and that was Allegra Blue. Showing excellent speed down the back, the Noel Browne trained bitch breezed up the inside at the penultimate turn and flew up the Limerick straight to record a four length win over Hawkeye Supreme in second. The time was 29.21.

RAMBLER LAYS DOWN MARKER IN JOHNNY WATERS MEMORIAL

As mentioned, the opening round heats of the Johnny Water Memorial 525 were also down for decision on the night and it was Dannos Rambler who was the impressive winner of the four heats.

Running in the final heat of the night, Dannos Rambler was chasing a first career win and he wasn’t in the mood to hang around early as David Nolan’s greyhound sprung from trap two to take a clear lead into the opening corner. Already four clear upon entrance to the back straight, the gap was only strengthened thereafter as the son of Droopys Jet - Zari Class ran out a convincing, six and a half length winner. The time was a good 29.06.

HEAT WATCH

Kantoher Jack was next best in heat three for joint owners, Patrick Leahy and Mort Kennedy. It didn’t look promising early on for Kantoher Jack as he occupied fifth place rounding the opening bend. However, showing brilliant track craft, the son of Skywalker Puma - Balistic Nina showed a devastating turn of foot down the back straight to sit nicely in behind Ocean Hugo at the penultimate turn. Now in full flow, Kantoher Jack quickly stormed past the leader and ran out a most impressive, five and three quarter length winner. The time was 29.29.

John Kirwan got off the mark in heat two as Excess Golf (Skywalker Puma - Coolavanny Spice) followed up an eye-catching second place finish last time out to land the spoils. Only A Pound was the early pace-setter in this contest as he came away best of all wearing the blue jacket. However, despite not the most fluentest of breaks from trap one, Excess Golf used the inside line to his advantage and was creeping into contention with every stride down the back straight. A known fast finisher, there was certain inevitability rounding the final turn and Excess Golf duly flew past the leader to run out a two and a half length winner at the line. The time was 29.36.

In the opening heat of the night saw Tallyho Angel record a first career victory for the Walls-Of-Tally-Ho syndicate. Racenight Heidi came away best from trap three but Tallho Angel was a constant threat during the opening stages of the race. Nip and tuck between the duo heading into the back straight, Tallho Angel showed fine determination to take a narrow lead rounding the penultimate bend. Sticking to her task well thereafter, the daughter of Tally Ho Lee - Crottys Act was a length and three parts too strong at the winning line. The time was 29.50.

IN OTHER RACES

The opening race on the night was landed by the consistent Mohane Vicky as she recorded an amazing fourteenth career victory. Now heading into her fourth year, Mohane Vicky has started as she means to go on as the daughter of Ballymac Vic - Mohane Maeve took a ping break from trap four. From here, Cormac Davern’s bitch certainly knew how to win and she went about her business with the type of professionalism you would expect. Coming home over two lengths clear of the fast finishing Tiermana Caramel in second, the time was 29.23.

There was one other graded race on the night and it came in race six which was a 600 yard affair. With some very useful form over the standard trip, Ballygibbon Lad (Droopys Jet - Liosgarbh Elsa) led early from trap two as he showed all the early pace on the long run to the opening corner. Holding a clear advantage down the back straight, all eyes turned to the whereabouts of Ballyregan Raven in second, a known fast finisher. Motoring in behind at this point, Ballyregan Raven was making rapid progress but the line came just in time for Balligibbon Lad. John O’Meara’s charge holding on to record a half length victory, the time was a slick 32.96.