There was a competitive eleven race card at Galway greyhound stadium last night and not for the first time in his career, Palmtree Star was the star of the show in the final race of the night.
Owned by Brian Johnston and Michael Webb, Palmtree Star (Rio Quattro - Way Out) is as consistent as they come and was bidding for a brilliant fifteenth career victory last night as he approached traps. A winner in 29.02 last time out, Palmtree Star broke in his usual slick fashion to lead his rivals on the run to the opening corner. Rathmeehan May emerged as the main threat on the descend to the back straight but ‘Palmtree’ outpaced his rival as they approached the penultimate bend and despite the former chasing hard all the way to the line, Palmtree Star claimed a length and a quarter victory. The time was a fast 28.81 as the winner returned the 2/1 favourite.
NOTHING CURIOUS ABOUT SEAN
Next best on the clock was the Hughie Keleghan owned, Curious Sean in the ‘Greyhounds As Pets 525’.
This one was a virtual solo for Curious Sean as he bounced out of trap one to show zipping early gears approaching the opening turn. Already holding a five length advantage down the back, the son of ‘Superior Product - Curious Thinking’ was well on his way to making it back to back wins for connections and he galloped into an unassailable lead. Coming home on his own, the impressive blue recorded a near eleven length win, in a time of 29.09. The winner returned a 2/1 market chance.
SELINA BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Bidding for a first victory since May of this year, Selinas Champion justified her starting odds of even money by claiming a comfortable win in race 5.
Selinas Champion was well supported last time out as well but the Stephen Murray trained brindle and white had to settle for second place on that occasion. However, the son of ‘Candlelight King - Selinas Dolly’ put things right in quality fashion last night as he railed early to lead around the opening bend. Stretching clear down the back, the Martin Williams owned hound stayed on stoutly to account for a five length victory, in a smart time of 29.12. That win brought the April 16’ whelps earning to over €6,500.
JACKSON WINS A THRILLER
Missus Jackson put her sixth place finish behind her at the start of the month with an off the pace victory in the ninth race of the night.
Owned by Patrick McDonagh, Missus Jackson (Zero Ten - Croaghill Girl) had to stand firm as she was challenged for much of the way by Drombeg Blake and Combo Comer. However, ‘Jackson’ showed the superior back straight pace and maintained a strong gallop all the way to the line. Three and three parts of a length too strong at the line, the time was a smart 29.20 as the winner returned a big 4/1 chance.