A good crowd packed St James Park on Friday for the second round heats of the Juvenile Greyhound Championship, which doubled as a benefit night for St Michael’s national school and Danesfort GAA club. The Red Mills Champion Juvenile Open 525 produced doubles for trainers Frances O’ Donnell and Paul Hennessy.
The fastest time of the night was posted by Skywalker Jet in the second heat. From a level break Ray Patterson’s son of Skywalker Ace and Dalcash Dvinsky gave himself a solo, making every post a winning one.
A length clear at the first, Skywalker Jet trebled his advantage between the bends as Zip Flyer gave chase. Skywalker Jet kept going and ran out an impressive four length winner in a brilliant 28.74, with Yeah Giovanni running on well to claim second.
The opening heat of the Red Mills juvenile Open saw Priceless Bolt sent off the 6/4 favourite. His cause was aided as Lough Messi moved wide from trap 2 at traps. The Paul Hennessy Priceless Bolt (Barefoot Bolt-Barefoot Contessa) was three lengths to the good at the second turn as Kenwood Impack gave chase. The jolly galloped onwards to the third bend and was never in any danger as he won by two and a half lengths in 28.86, with Kenwood Impack holding off the fast finishing Crompaun Jamesy for second.
The third heat saw owner and trainer complete a double as Skywalker Apollo (Royal Impact-Remind Me Monday) won by a length in 29.05.The race was level early before Tasmanic Jaxx went clear. Tasmanic Jaxx continued to lead down to the third where, Skywalker Apollo went second. Skywalker Apollo picked off the long time leader in the home stretch to get up the win.
The fourth and final heat was won by De Real McCoy (Vans Escalade- All Dolled Up). Ballydaniel Sean cut out the early running and got the bend ahead of Varra Jenny. De Real McCoy showed the pace of the race down the back stretch and went by the leader Ballydaniel Sean at the third bend. De Real McCoy kept on motoring to win by six lengths in 29.01.
The eagerly awaited Mise En Place Danesfort Derby was dominated by Philip Molloy and John Broderick’s Jotop Fraya (Nobooth For Gary-Buddy Luscious)The winner was well away from trap 2 and easily led around the first bend.
Little over a length clear of Jimmys Biscuit out of the second bend, Jotop Fraya continued to cut out the running. Jotop Fraya crowned herself pride of the parish as she stayed away to defeat Lemon Prince by three lengths in 29.44.
Random Idea started well in the a3/a4 race but it was Hughs Comet who powered into the lead around the first bend. Hughs Comet ran the bends sweetly to move three lengths clear of Garryglass Sammy early in the back straight. Stephen Dowling’s son of Hondo Black and Bling Bling Star continued to set the fractions up front and eventually ran out a two length winner in 29.37.
Pakies Ramble and Royal Oak Sammy were best away in the a2/a3 525 but Garryglass Sheba showed a lovely touch of early pace to move to the fore. Pakies Ramble and Garryglass Sheba arrived at the first bend at the same time, with Pakies Ramble railing much the better to kick on. Pakies Ramble continued to lead down the back stretch as High St Kingo moved in pursuit. High St Kingo never quite got there and Patrick Doheny’s Pakies Ramble(Goldmine Ramble-Goldmine Sally) won by two and a half lengths in a very fine 28.88.
The eighth race was an a1/a2 race with Natureofthetrade and Princess Gael both drawing support. Natureofthetrade was fast away along with Mt Leinster Link, while Princess Gael was baulked at traps. Natureothetrade established a good lead into the first, before pouring it on to move four lengths clear of Mt Leinster Link. The John O Flynn Jnr trained Natureofthetrade(Head Bound-Swift Maggie) never missed a stride and made it five wins from nine starts as she saw off Mt Leinster Link by three and a half lengths in 29.06.
The last race on the card was a hot looking a1 525. The race was decided at traps as Pauline Lennon’s Lemon Mel blew the lids and led Flomur Antics and Fiancee Alsation to the first bend. Fiancee Alsation railed well to go second but Lemon Mel had skipped four lengths clear. Fiancee Alsation was not deterred and came with a big run in the latter stages. Fiancee Alsation kept coming but Lemon Mel (Premier Fantasy-Lemon Abby) held on by a neck in 28.94.