MICHAEL FORTUNE: Sheepwalk sets the pace in Sprint Cup

ON what was an extremely busy Monday night in Irish greyhound racing, Michael Frayne’s Clearview Kelly set a strong pace when winning her first round heat in the Premier Fantasy Southern Oaks at Youghal.

Meanwhile, up at Dundalk the sprinting classic, the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup, also commenced and northern speedster Sheepwalk Mac was the fastest qualifier.

Clearview Kelly, fresh from her third place in the Irish Oaks final at Shelbourne, created quite an impression as she won in 29.14 from Ballymac Linda.

The other heat winners were James Cullinane’s Tooquicktoocatch and Rachel Wheeler’s Inshaarla in the same time of 29.36 while Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Mitsy won the other heat in 29.38.

Just four days after winning the Williamhill.com Classic at Sunderland, Scottish trained Target Classic was an impressive first round winner in the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup. A winner around Dundalk when known as Drumna Classic, Target Classic took a few strides to get going but then scorched around to win by three lengths from Your Only Joking in 21.23. He is now a leading fancy to win the €20,000 event which will continue on the next three Mondays with the final to be run on Sunday, August 15th.

Fastest first round winner was Richard Gilroy’s Sheepwalk Mac as he confirmed his status as one of Ireland’s leading sprinters with a 21.12 run in beating James Roche’s Mountjoy Rock by less than three lengths.

The Greyhound Sales scheduled for Galway on Tuesday next have been cancelled due to insufficient entries. The Sales were established last year and were scheduled to coincide with the Race Week Festival but the plug was pulled yesterday.

The first of the Limerick meetings at Thurles will be staged on Tuesday next, July 27th and entries are now being accepted. Owners and trainers wishing to run at the special Limerick meetings can do so by contacting the Limerick Racing Office at 061 448041. The second Limerick meeting will be staged on Friday week, July 30th.


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