Peter Farrell

The twenty-nine second barrier at Galway is a tough to crack at the best of times even for seasoned performers but there were two sensational displays to take from last night’s ten race card at the Connacht venue as Miss Joss and Amazing Alice both produced scintillating displays to land their respective contests.

Miss Joss was first up in what looked a hot race on paper with some eye-catching qualifying campaigns of note. Despite only being a four dog affair, this certainly didn’t take away from the quality of the event and Noelles Camino went to traps the 4/6 favourite from trap one with Miss Jossa next best even money shot wearing the black jacket. With the hare approaching, a level enough break saw Miss Joss outpace her rivals to the opening bend and this was a sign of what was to be a dominating display thereafter. Owned by the Mullins-Curtin syndicate, this strapping daughter of ‘Sparta Maestro - Blundel Spark’ galloped out majestically down the back straight and was tracking like a natural out in front. Showing little signs of getting caught in the closing stages of the event, Miss Joss never took her foot off the gas and comfortably accounted for a six and a quarter length success over Noelles Camino in second. The time for this hugely talented bitch was a scorching 28.73 and the sky would appear to be the limit going forward. Bred by Tony Ennis from Co.Offaly, Miss Joss hails from the famous Linger/Martinstown damline and this of course needs little introduction. Producing stars such as Ballydoyle Honey, don’t be surprised if you hear a lot more of Miss Joss in the coming weeks and months.


Moving on to race nine and the opening round heats of the ‘Sean Conneely Plant Hire A3 525’ got underway and there was another eye-catching performance from Amazing Alice.

Owned by Peter Sutcliffe and trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Amazing Alice was an off the pace winner on her debut at Galway track at the start of July and despite a miserable outing in Tralee in her latest start, the daughter of ‘Aero Majestic - Droopys Coast’ got back to winning ways in super style last night. Only moderately away from trap one, the 4/5 favourite railed like a cat in the early yards and flew up the inside to lead around the opening corner. The writing was on the wall for her rivals thereafter as the gap widened midway down the back straight and the September 18’ whelp stayed on strong close home. Six lengths better off come the winning line, the time was a scorching 28.62 and this bitch will take all the beating in the rounds to follow.


The opening round of the Sean Conneely Plan Hire A3 525 also produced a fine run by the Michael Hogan owned Grangeview Nifty.

Another young October 18’ whelp, Grangeview Nifty (Skywalker Puma - Grangeview Vicie) was hoping to make it back to back wins for her connections and she duly obliged from trap four. Not too well away at traprise, ‘Nifty’ manoeuvred herself well to lie a close third upon entrance to the back straight. Breezing into second around the penultimate turn, Hogan’s charge scraped the rail around the final corner to storm past Brickhill Davy in the dying yards of the race. Claiming a half length victory, the time was swift 28.92.