Wolfe claimed a richly deserved first major title on Saturday night when racing to brilliant victory in the Ladbrokes Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park.
The stands may have been empty but the quality of the display from the Graham Holland trained star would have been appreciated by those who watched on line or caught up with the action this morning.
Marian Moloney’s Wolfe had so been fancied for so many classics in the past only for luck to desert him but, on this occasion, he displayed courage, raw pace and real determination to see off the brave efforts of both Ballymac Anton and Ballymac Inspeed.
There was drama right from the start. Laughil Josh charged traps from four which caused a couple of the runners to mistime the start. In contrast, Murts Boher came away racing to dictate into the turn. Razldazl Peaky and Ballymac Inspeed came next while Wolfe and Ballymac Anton found themselves a couple of lengths off the pace in fourth and fifth.
Wolfe displayed his trademark early burst of pace to move second by the turn although the son of Tyrur Big Mike and Jalingo had to check his stride slightly as Murts Boher cut the bend. The race was now on.
Ballymac Anton stayed tight to the fence to move third as they entered the back straight with Ballymac Inspeed in fourth. Murts Boher passed halfway with a length and a half in hand but the writing was on the wall when Wolfe began to charge into the third turn.
Shooting up the fence, Wolfe challenged Murts Boher on the third turn. Murts Boher tried to close the door, but it was too late. Wolfe was on the inside and he took charge before turning for home. Ballymac Anton tracked him in second but there was no stopping the new leader.
Wolfe has become a stronger greyhound than in his youth and that was evident on the run in as he repelled the challenge of Ballymac Anton to cross the line with a length and a half to spare in 29.89. Ballymac Inspeed stayed on strongly for third, a further length adrift.
Ian Fortune presents the trophy to Graham Holland after Wolfe won the final of the 2020 Ladbrokes Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park. Also included is Michael Dempsey Acting Racing Manager. Pic: Imelda Grauer
MARIE’S WONDERFUL DOUBLE
Marie Gilbert recorded a wonderful double on the undercard with Doolin Prince and Oran Don.
Both high class greyhounds, they were simply too good for the opposition in their respective contests.
Doolin Prince had an ideal draw on the fence in the seventh race and, after a flying exit, was never threatened.
Owned by Pat Flanagan and Stewart Kenny, the son of Droopys Roddick and Killinan Rosie was imperious as he came home three and a half lengths clear of Beechview Elsie in 28.42.
Oran Don had to work a little harder to complete the double although his superior class saw him through. Owned by Elliott Whyte and Johnny Crehan, the son of Over Limit and Lughill Niamh missed the start from the oustide box but he paced up well, stayed wide and ran a tremendous turn to move to the front.
Timaru Walker turned second and chased the leader hard throughout but there was no stopping Oran Don as he ran out a two length winner in 30.04.
PETER WITH THE HAT TRICK
Richard Brown’s Crossfield Con ended the night with a fine display of front running over 575yds, in turn completing a tremendous hat trick for Peter Cronin.
The son of Kinloch Brae and Crossfield Betty struck the front in the opening yards and he had enough in hand to contain the challenge of both Magical Jasper and Razldazl Annie. The latter ran on well but Crossfield Con stayed on well to secure a half length victory in 31.57.
The second leg of the Peter Cronin treble came as Coolavanny About emerged a good winner of the fifth race. Willie Rignery and Noel Browne’s son of Brett Lee and Yahoo Perlena forced his way to the front at the turn and he proceeded to make every yard thereafter to beat Set The Clock by two lengths in 28.95.
Alison Thompson’s Boherna Ozzie initiated the Cronin hat trick in the fourth race. Domestic Arrow set a strong gallop but he could never get far enough clear to contain the late charge of Boherna Ozzie. The latter turned second and always seemed to have the leader in his sights. Closing rapidly into the third turn, Boherna Ozzie shot to the front between the last two bends and eventually crossed the line two lengths to the good in 28.78.
ANUBIS A REAL PRO
Geoff Bateman’s Nametab Anubis claimed a sixteenth career victory in typically professional fashion in the eighth race.
The son of Laughil Blake and Nametab Gigi flew from trap five and was always clear of his rivals. Glory Kilara gave chase from the outset but could never reel in the leader who went on to secure an impressive three length verdict in 28.74.
RABACH SHINES BRIGHT FOR NEILUS
Realt Rabach again displayed his appreciation for the 575yd trip when running out a comfortable winner of the sixth race.
Trained by Neilus O’Connell for Micheal and Aonghus O’Muircheartaigh, the son of Razldazl Billy and Razldazl Marilyn contained the early challenge of Clares Tavern to lead around the turn and he was left further clear at the second bend as Kingsisland Kid and Clares Tavern clashed.
Maintaining a strong gallop to the line, Realt Rabach went on to win by five lengths from Ballyhimikin Bolt in 31.47.
Razldazl Monarch had earlier set up a double for Neilus O’Connell. Owned by the Kildare-Kilcolgan Syndicate, the son of Makeshift and Razldazl Pru hit the front in the early stages of the second race and proceeded to draw clear for a three and a half length victory over Cuil Legend in 30.06.
Ger Milne’s Crinkill Sean ran a tremendous opening and second bend to strike the front as they entered the back straight in the third race. Once going to the front, the son of Zero Ten and Crinkill Rita maintained his lead all the way to the line to strike by two lengths from Abbeyville Bruno in 29.14.
Aoibhe McCormack’s Baba Ganush (Jaytee Dutch/ Olympic Gorgeous) emerged an easy winner of the opening race on the card. Charging to the front at the third turn, the Sean Devlin trained youngster raced right away to beat Lady Lightfoot by seven lengths in 29.19.