Magical Dave made the headlines last week after producing a terrific debut performance at Limerick Greyhound Stadium but that was merely a taster of what was to come as the Pat Guilfoyle trained star followed up with a procession win in the final of the ‘Limerick Sales ON3’.
Unsurprisingly, Magical Dave was installed a warm 4/9 favourite to make it back-to-back wins for the team Guilfoyle and patrons tuning into the ‘Barking Buzz’ app would have gotten their money's worth as this quality youngster pinged out in front from trap one. Newinn Winx was the nearest challenger to the opening corner but like the rest of the field, was outpaced early on and it was over as a contest approaching the second turn. It was a matter of how far as the impressive July whelp flew down the back straight and the gap increased with every stride. Staying just as strong, the son of ‘Laughil Blake - Jaxx Party Time’ stormed across the line, fifteen lengths in front of his nearest challenger, Kilmacow Kid. The time was a blistering, 28.53.
The highlight race on the card was the ‘Upcoming Con & Annie Kirby AO 525’ and Romeo Speedy sealed a double for trainer Graham Holland.
Owned by David Firmager, Romeo Speedy (Droopys Roddick - Beaming Olive) upset the apple cart in this one as he lowered the colours of Magical Cormie who was sent to traps the 4/5 jolly. Romeo Speedy was quickly into stride from trap five and edged across to his favoured inside pitch early on. Selinas Oscar disputed the lead with Magical Cormie chasing hard in third. The latter showed the superior back straight pace at this point as he galloped strongly out wide but the rails proved decisive as Romeo Speedy took his chance well. Staying on stoutly with the winning line in sight, ‘Romeo’ claimed a two and a quarter length scalp over Magical Cormie in second. The time was a very fast 28.59.
BUTTSY MAINTAINS RECORD
Elsewhere on the card, the Gerry Holian trained Buttsys Bengal maintained his unbeaten career record with another victory, this time over the four bends.
After claiming a Novice 350 stake at Galway earlier in the month, Buttsys Bengal already had positive whispers and as such, went off the 11/10 favourite to mark his four bend debut with a win. Showing fine early dash wearing the blue jacket, ‘Bengal’ quickly took control in the opening fifty yards and dominated proceedings thereafter. Never under threat, the son of ‘Pinpoint Maxi - Killeacle Tammy’ forged clear to record a seven length victory, in a smart time of 28.66.
ANOTHER NITRO WIN
The Pig-Iron Syndicate were celebrating last week when Nitro Jen landed a sweepstake in fine style and their purple patch continued last night as litter brother, Nitro Glycerin made a winning career start in the opening round of the ‘Greyhounds As Pets ON2 525’.
Trained by Graham Holland, Nitro Glycerin (Droopys Sydney - Riverside Charm) took control of this four dog contest midway down the back straight and powered his way to victory thereafter. Hidden Harmony led early and despite being reeled in by the winner, ran a big race to finish second but it was all about the winner as ‘Nitro’ recorded a three and a half length victory. The time was a slick 28.87.