Trainer Paul Hennessy went into the Red Mills juvenile greyhound final at St James Park three handed, and it was going take an almighty effort to deny him. Aided by a track in very good condition, Tasmanic Jaxx tried to make every yard of the running.
The early paced bitch blasted to the first bend and was two lengths clear. Yeah Giovanni was trapped wide at the bend as De Real McCoy hugged the rails to join Priceless Bolt in pursuit of the leader. Tasmanic Jaxx was four lengths clear at the second but that lead was halved by De Real McCoy into the third.
Tasmanic Jaxx tried bravely to fend off the challenger but drifted wide as she came under pressure. De Real McCoy galloped on and got up on the rails to deny Tasmanic Jaxx in the last stride. Trained by Paul Hennessy for Michael Dunne, De Real McCoy (Vans Escalade-All Dolled Up) won by a short head to claim 7,000 euro prize from Tasmanic Jaxx, with the fast finishing Yeah Giovanni third. The winning time was a very fast 28.82.
La Rue Blue was withdrawn from the a5 Morrisey and James Tynan memorial final. Her place went to Old Road Ken. The reserve started well and went to the first bend with Ilewin Allot. The latter went on and was a length up at the second bend.
Old Road Ken quickly closed up before hitting the front. Old Road Ken (Killahan Phanter-Oldroad Penny) stayed on well to claim the 950 euro first prize for Laurence Power by a length in 29.49.
In the Black And Amber Kennels a3 525 the opening heat of the 36 dog stake was void after a hare mal-function. The race will be run tonight (Wednesday).
The first race in this stake saw Triangle Archie start well and led by two lengths into the first bend. Triangle Archie can really shift early and was six lengths ahead of Slaneyside Beryl down the far side. Triangle Archie maintained that lead into the third but on the run home, Triangle Archie began to fade.
Slaneyside Beryl stayed on strongly but it was in vain as Triangle Archie (Ace Hi Rumble-Triangle Beyonce) held on by a short head in 29.38.
The third heat was level early before Pure Phantom and Terminal Two went on. Terminal Two moved a length clear into the second and then doubled that lead into the third. Neither of the front two are strong stayers so all was still to play for.
Pure Phantom summoned up everything he had and edged closer and closer. The pair crossed the line together with Ray Harney’s Terminal Two (Black Shaw-Lukies Cailin) holding on in 29.14.
The fourth heat saw Goldmine Bolt lead up on the rails. Bolt was smart between the bends and extended his lead over Kilbriens Kerry. The lead was down to two lengths at the third as Barefoot Bandit joined in pursuit.
Barefoot Bandit was relentless over the latter stages and the Paul Hennessy trained son of Kinloch Brae and Camp Lady got up to win in 29.04.
The fifth heat was an open betting one as Rains Allo led early. Showing a lovely touch of pace Rains Allo streaked five lengths clear of Timbolina into the first bend. Rains Allo increased his lead to six lengths at the third and he was going to take an awful lot of catching.
Early Blue stayed on to get within three and a half lengths in 29.24 but he was never getting to Noel Freeman’s Rains Allo (Dromana Blue-Delwood Dusty)
The final heat saw Ullid Doodle lead up and he missed the bumping. Ullid Dodle eased five lengths clear of the jolly Kellymount Gem. The strong running Kellymount Gem was within three lengths at the third and looked like he would pick off Ullid Doodle. However, Ray Harney’s Ullid Doodle (Black Shaw-Ullid Ella) dug deep and held on by head in 29.31.