Five-timer secures title for O’Connor

YOUNG Tarbert trainer Patrick O’Connor secured the Leading Public Trainer title at Tralee on Tuesday night when he brought his season’s tally to 69 with a dazzling five-timer at the Kingdom Greyhound Supporters Club Festival Night Of Racing.

O’Connor who took over from his father Tom a few years ago, started off the Fab-Five — in the opening race when Saleen Bob (4/6), owned by his mother Christina, came home in front in 29.47.

O’Connor was back in the winner’s podium in the next race, when Saleen Kerry had a length and half win in 30.59 in this A2 550 for his dad Tom. The winner was returned at evens but there was more to come as he completed the treble in the third race with Heads or Harps (2/5) for Noreen McManus and Declan Moylan, when he skipped clear down the back to cruise to a six length win in 28.85 .

The layers got a respite as O’Connor did not have a runner in the fourth but the Tarbert dynamo was back again in the sixth to make it four from four when Boxer Princess (6/4) came in as a reserve and raced right away from her rivals to win by nine lengths in 28.58 for Tom Hegarty from Lisselton.

Then it became five from five when the aptly named Heady Days (5/2) took a high quality Open 570 by three lengths from Deerfield Sings in 31.07, despite taking a bump at the opening bend. Heady Days is also owned by Noreen McManus and Declan Moylan and looks a real a precocious sort.

O’Connor’s only reverse came in the last when Gurteen Shaw was crowded at the opening bend and could only finish fifth. But it did not spoil a special night for O’Connor who looks like finishing the year in the top ten Irish trainers, having sent out 86 winners to date.

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