Freezing weather conditions meant that Limerick’s twelve race card was halted at race eight but this was not before Shane Curtin recorded a nice double with his ‘Barrack’ Greyhounds.
Despite the semi finals of the ‘Dublin Coach A3 525’ not taking place due to the frost, there were two unraced finals down for decision and the first of these was the ‘Restaurant Bookings ON3 525’ which had €600 on offer to the winner. Parody was the subject of some strong support last week and as a result was again installed the 5/4 market leader with Barrack Henry next best at 6/4. The latter wasn’t all that fluent into stride wearing the striped jacket but showed a lovely turn of early pace to follow the early leader, Rathnasare Flyer around the opening turn. At this point, ‘Henry’ showed some impressive back straight power to bare down on the leader and swoop the penultimate bend to take control. Staying on well thereafter, the son of ‘Droopys Nidge - Rosiemac’ held off the persistent Parody late on to claim a one length win. The time was a good 29.24.
JAKE GETS THE BALL ROLLING
Just before that, Shane Curtin got his double rolling with a win in the second semi final of the ‘Irish Retired Greyhound Trust ON3 525’ with litter brother, Barrack Jake.
Barrack Jake was well away from an inside draw in one and was challenging the early leader, Lindas Supreme into the opening corner. The latter ran off the opening turn which enabled ‘Jake’ to open a strong five length lead upon descent to the back straight. Curtin’s charge set a strong gallop for the remainder of the race and despite being pushed late on by Tyrap Ferage, the even money shot claimed a length and three quarter victory, in a time of 29.53.
MONGYS IS A ROCKET
The second of the finals up for grabs was the ‘Unraced ON2 525’ and this was landed by the Kieran Murphy owned, Mongys Rocket.
Some eye-catching qualifying trials saw Mongys Rocket come in for some strong support on debut but despite going down to defeat, the brindle tasted success for the first time on route to landing the €600 first prize. Of course, Mongys Rocket has the pedigree to be special, hailing from the same line as Clonbrien Prince and Clonbrien Swift to name a few and he showed excellent early zip to challenge into the opening corner. The 1/2 jolly, Rallying Joy was narrowly in front at this point but ‘Rocket’ outpaced his rival down the back straight to take control of the contest into the bottom two bends. Despite steering a middle to wide course late on, Murphy’s hound never broke sweat in the latter stages of the finale as he stormed up the straight to win by a length and three quarters. The time was a fast 29.07 in testing conditions.
The remaining four races scheduled for last night at Limerick will now most likely take place next Saturday night, January 25th.