Veterans show that there’s life in the old dog yet

The old adage “there’s life in the old dog yet” was pretty appropriate at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night as the veteran pairing of Broadstrand Lad and Tyrur Big Mike impressed in the second round of the College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup.

Tyrur Big Mike looked as good as ever. Despite drifting in the betting, the Conor Fahy trained star was simply too good for his rivals as he romped home in a superb 29.73.

The 2010 Derby favourite rocketed from trap two and soon opened up a clear lead over Swift Marathon in second.

Drifting wide in his normal manner, Tyrur Big Mike allowed Swift Marathon to draw closer as they entered the back straight, but he soon moved through the gears to re-establish a four length lead to the third turn.

At this point Swift Marathon and the improving Airforce Frankie clashed, leaving Big Mike even further clear and he cruised home to hit the line with five lengths to spare over Kingo in 29.73.

Coolykereen Imp had earlier recorded the same time as he too found his best form to land the spoils in Heat 2.

John Byrne’s talented tracker was a Derby semi finalist last September and those that stayed loyal to the son of Rumble Impact were handsomely rewarded as he made every inch of the running to score at 4-1.

Derby winner Razldazl George was a 5-2 favourite and while he did look rusty once again he ran far better than seven days previous to chase home Coolykereen Imp.

Broadstrand Lad was the shortest priced winner in the Easter Cup, although he was only second favourite in the market behind Piercestown Sand.

After a fast start from three he set the pace and from there was going to be very difficult to pass. Great credit must go to Piercestown Sand, who after an early bump ran extremely well to get close to Broadstrand Lad, but at the line the latter held on by a half length in 29.81.

The opening heat of the round saw Royal Patrol get back to winning ways. The Ollie Bray trained powerhouse was never headed before securing a three length success over the fast finishing Razldazl Will in 30.02.

Trap draw for the semi finals of the Easter Cup:

Heat 1: 1 Coolykereen Imp; 2 Coolard Chief; 3 Broadstrand Lad; 4 Pablo Supreme (m); 5 Razldazl Will (w); 6 Tyrur Willyjoe (w)

Heat 2: 1 Piercestown Sand; 2 Airforce Frankie; 3 Tyrur Big Mike; 4 Razldazl George; 5 Kingo; 6 Royal Patrol (w)

There was a local winner of the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar on Saturday night as the Francie Murray trained Subway Ruth continued her rapid rise up the ranks.

Dynamic Trend was a clear favourite following an impressive passage to the decider, but Subway Ruth picked the right night to produce a career best effort.

However, she needed to be at her sharpest as Barefoot Machine also came away racing from trap four. The pair raced side by side to the turn with Dynamic Trend and Crossfield Star just behind the leaders.

The inside line proved decisive for Subway Ruth. The exciting daughter of Hondo Black and Forest Baby moved into a clear advantage off the opening turn and maintained a powerful gallop to see off Barefoot Machine by four and a half lengths in a fastest of the competition 33.07. Dynamic Trend was a neck away in third.

Across the pond there was good news for the Irish at both Wimbledon and Shawfield. At Wimbledon there were four Irish trained greyhounds in action in the Williamhill.com Derby Trial Stake and Dolores Ruth was responsible for two of the winners with Razldazl Jayfkay the undoubted star of proceedings.

He was simply awesome in the third of the three trial stakes as he dominated throughout to see off a fellow Irish raider, Shelbourne Geoff by almost five lengths. In victory Jayfkay gave an indication that he will a major player in the English Derby, as he posted a remarkable 28.20, just .03 off the track record.

Razldazl Rioga had won the second trial stake for Ruth and Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh as he also made every inch to score by a wide margin in 28.66.

Ruth had earlier gone close to making it a treble as Razldazl Bugatti was caught in the final stride by Holycross Prince in the opening trial stake. He only failed by a shorthead in 28.73.

At Shawfield Paul Hennessy was delighted by the performance of Barefoot Allstar as he safely secured his place in the second round of the Bettor.com Scottish Derby. Despite missing the kick, Allstar displayed fine pace to close right up on the leader Boher Paddy before fading late.

Barefoot Allstar was almost seven lengths adrift of the winner, who posted 28.67, but Hennessy expects the talented son of Droopys Scolari to improve greatly for the outing.

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