There was an excellent crowd in attendance on Sunday evening at St James Park greyhound track for the 24th final of the Red Mils Champion Unraced stake.
The race cut up with the withdrawal of Tyrap Ben and Barefoot Bandit. Their places were taken by Ruby Rouge and Princes Louis.
Farloe Ace was sent off the favourite but he fluffed his lines at traps again. Lough Messi on the other hand came out well and avoided the trouble that afflicted Priceless Bolt at traps.
Lough Messi got the bend ahead of Prince Louis and kicked four lengths clear into the second. As Lough Messi made his way down the back stretch, Farloe Ace was tangling with Express Dasher at the back of the field.
Express Dasher was sent crashing and unfortunately suffered a serious injury. As Lough Messi went six lengths clear of Priceless Bolt into the third bend, Farloe Ace finally got into top gear.
Farloe Ace came home with a rattle but it was too little too late as the foot perfect Lough Messi (Droopys Vieri-Lough Carra) was home for the title by three lengths in 29.06.
The July 11 whelp is trained by Michael Delahunty for Steve Locke of North Benfleet.
The second biggest final of the night was a five dog affair in the Southwell Kennels event with Follom Flair a non-runner. The five runners were in a ball into the bend before Helens Champ managed to get to the head of affairs.
Helens Champ went on but had Fiancee Alsation in hot pursuit. Helens Magic never got further than two lengths clear and in the end, he was out-stayed by the strongest running dog in the race, Fiancee Alsation.
Fiancee Alsation (Crash-Disco Classic) took the 1220 euro first prize by a length and a half in 29.31.
The night got underway with a fine display of sprinting by the Brian Mullan trained Ballydaniel Sean. The winner was well away from trap 1 and led the pack a merry dance to the first bend.
Skylark Snowy and then Greenane Bingo gave chase but neither made any impression as Ballydaniel Sean (Scolari Me daddy-Inamra Girl) obliged by five lengths in 16.46.
The Track Supporters Club a6 stake final was an open betting heat with Bregawn Mosko again attracting support.
Rackethall Bond and Lasse Viren started fast and went to the bend together. Rackethall Bond bumped his rival at the turn and trouble ensued with two dogs including the favourite knocked over.
Rackethall Bond was a length up at the bend, but Lasse Viren closed up into the third. Lasse Viren tried to go up the inner between the last two bends but found the door firmly shut. Rackethall Bond(Broadacres Turbo-Lickfinn Daisy) dug deep and stayed on to defeat Lasse Viren by two lengths in 29.44.
In the Red Mills racer a3/a4 final punters steamed into Pure Phantom but they were worried early on as he missed the kick. Pure Phantom still managed to barge his way to the lead at the first bend but his supporters knew the writing was on the wall as he turned down the back straight just two lengths clear of the strong running Susie Valley.
Susie Valley (Ace Hi Rumble-Royal Blood) drew level into the third but powering away for an impressive two and a half length success in 29.59.
The a3/a4 race was level early bar Lemon Prince who missed the kick. Ullid Doodle got the bend and there was plenty of bumping behind.
Ullid Doodle went on and was three lengths to the good racing to the third bend.
In the latter stages Condor Star came with a run and gradually clawed back the deficit. Condor Star and Ullid Doodle crossed the line together.
The verdict going to Ray Harney’s Ullid Doodle (Black Shaw-Ullid Ella) by a short head in 29.60.
The d1 725 saw Hypnotic Music and Kilcarrig Sam sent off joint favourites. The latter started fast and went on to lead Slaneyside Jack by a length passing the line for the first time.
Slaneyside Jack drew level into the fourth but Kilcarrig Sam found for pressure and was back in front by the third. In behind, Rockmount Twirl was making stealthy progress and there were three in contention turning for home.
None of the trio really stayed the trip but it was the Brendan Murphy trained Rockmount Twirl (Westmead Hawk-Rockmount Hetti) who got up to defeat Kilcarrig Sam by a half a length in 41.32.
A good night for the bookies continued to get better as Ridgemount Mac failed to threaten despite plenty of support in the s1 300.
Excelerator started fast but Cyclone Sandy powered up his inner to lead into the first bend. Excelerator and Piercestown Sean bumped behind the leader but it mattered little as Cyclone Sandy (Cabra Cool-Sandy Dew) galloped on to win by two lengths in 16.60.
Bookies kept money
In race eight the money came and came for Garryglass Marco in the a3 525 but once again the money remained in the bookies satchel.
That is because Helens Magic ran the race of his life to see off Garryglass Marco by a length and a half in 28.98. Helens Magic flew to the bend to lead Garryglass Marco around the opening two turns.
The leader was a length up on Garryglass Marco at the second bend and there was no change into the third.
High St Kingo also came into the frame but Helen Cashin’s son of Ace Hi Rumble and Blossom Hill Jen saw them all off in fine style.
In race 10 those with any money left after backing favourites for the night punted Princess Gael into odds on but she was in bother on the run up as she shipped a hefty bump.
Terminal Two went on on the outer followed by Flomur Antics. Terminal two led by a length at the second but Flomur Antics remained in striking distance.
Flomur Antics (Premier Fantasy-Flomur Pebbles), a usual wide runner, went up the inner between the bends and eased away to score by three and a half lengths in 29.33.