Despite Friday night being cold and wet there was a good crowd in St James Park for the Dicksboro GAA club benefit meeting.
The racing was good. The fastest time was posted in the last race when Urard Pine claimed the a1 contest despite being an a2 grade greyhound.
The ever improving son of Archaton Pine and Lifes Beautiful took his record to four wins from five starts, which is fair going.
Urard Pine made life difficult with another slow start as Karlow Master and Mister Bates began best. Mister Bates got the bend, cutting off his rival in the process.
Swept into second
Urard Pine swept into second on the outer and was quickly on terms with Mister Bates. Urard Pine showed the best pace to take over up front and was a length clear at the third.
Karlow Master stayed on strongly but there was no catching Tom Gleeson’s Urard Pine, who scored by two lengths in 29.27. It was a performance that impressed many regulars.
After a level start in race 1, a4 525, Feed Me Scampi got the bend from trap five. The leader skipped three lengths clear of Bernies Rocket at the second but the challenger shaved a length off into the third.
Bernies Rocket stayed on strongly to get up and catch Feed Me Scampi on the line. Bernies Rocket stayed on and got up to win by a neck in 29.70.
In the next race, a sprint, Pink Lady started fast and quickly took three lengths out of his rivals.
Pink Lady went around the first bend flying and clear of Pendle Kate.
Pendle Kate gave chase but never threatened Pink Lady who obliged by three lengths in 16.51.
In heat one, round one of the O’Dwyer Dog Feeds stake Deejays Lass and Zippy Sixpence vied for the early lead.
The pair were level into the second, with a length back to Wickla Rahillion.
Zippy Sixpence took over into the third as Wickla Rahillion went a clear second. Wickla Rahillion never got any closer as Zippy Sixpence won by a length and a half in 29.80.
After an even start in heat two, Feed Me Bigmac got the bend on the outer. Feed Me Bigmac moved a length clear of Cill Dubh Mint at the second before taking control down the far side.
Four lengths ahead of Ambush Girl and Cill Dubh Mint at the third bend, Feed Me Bigmac galloped to the line to score impressively by six and a half lengths in 29.75.
With the aid of the rails berth, Try Again Ben led up and around the first bend in the next heat. Try Again Ben was a length to the good at the second, with Flomur Liberty and Awaywitdepixies in behind.
The field closed up into the third but Try Again Ben continued to maintain a two length lead. White Star came through to claim second spot, but Try Again Ben had stormed away to win by seven and a half lengths in 29.51.
Race six was a D2 725, and here Bricken Maley made the most of a switch of seeding to start fast and lead early. Loskeran Abbie and Group Harley went with Bricken Maley up the home straight. The three were in a line at the third bend. Bricken Maley took it up again into the fifth bend, taking a length out of his rivals. On the run home Bricken Maley stayed on to win from Loskeran Abbie in 41.67.
Race seven was an a3 525. Again at the rails was the place to be as Cherokee Bride led around the first after an even start.
Glued to the paintwork, Cherokee Bride took five lengths out of Strong Warrior into the second. Good Angel improved to second into the third bend but by then Cherokee Bride was seven lengths clear.
Good Angel chased hard but Cherokee Bride was home in 29.30.
The early pace came on the outer in the a2 contest with Kells Rebel, Dysert Maestro and Garryglass Sheba to the fore. Kells Rebel was on the inside of the trio and this enabled him to get the bend.
Kells Rebel moved two lengths clear of Garryglass Sammy into the second. His advantage was reduced to a half a length into the third.
Garryglass Sammy continued to press but the Thomas Leahy trained Kells Rebel held on to win in 29.70.