Advancing the notion that trap is more important than trip, Laurels Consolation winner Tyford Tip made all the running from his preferred draw along the fence when taking Saturday night’s second heat of the Two Wheel Training A1 525 at Curraheen Park.
The popular local tracker, trained by Anthony Dwyer for the Back Of The Bus Syndicate, was sent off the 6-4 favourite to make the most of this ease in grade and he did so with the minimum of fuss. A fast start had him right on the pace from the outset and he stuck to the rails to take a narrow lead into the backstraight.
The chasers were stacked up behind him but, using his superior stamina and class, he pulled clear to score by four lengths from Ballydaly Sword in 28.84.
There was quite a gamble on Glaise Specks (2-1 to Evens) in the first heat but bookmakers were saved a significant payout when the bitch was caught in the final stride by reserve Fair Price, trained by Breda Barrett, Kilmallock.
The gambled-on favourite looked in control of matters when she led around the opening bends. She had a couple of lengths on the chasing pack but Fair Price is a habitually fast finisher and, much to the relief of the bookies and the disappointment of punters, he produced a big finish to spoil the party by a head in 28.90.
De Real Mccoy, trained by Paul Hennessy for Michael Dunne, Portlaoise, set the standard for the round when running away with the last of the three heats. The Laurels Consolation runner-up was sent off an even-money chance and he justified those odds with an authoritative trap-to-line victory in 28.63. Ballycowen Hawk took the runner-up spot, six lengths behind the winner.
There were two semi-finals of the ISM-D School of Motoring Open 575 down for decision and the Mossy O’Connor-trained and Thomas Roche, Abbeyfeale, owned Gavins Legacy took the first of them, aided by a little luck.
Well away but bumped early, he was last of five on the run-up but, when the leaders tangled, he slipped through along the inside to lead into the back. Skywalker Mandy loomed large shortly afterwards but Ladbrokes 600 winner Gavins Legacy extended his unbeaten run at Curraheen to four with a length victory in 31.58.
Skywalker Legend took the second semi-final for trainer Frances O’Donnell and owner Ray Patterson. He quickened to take the lead from Ballycowen Moll as the third bend loomed. Shortly afterwards Ringtown Snowy, who was bumped early, tried to sneak through along the rails but the room simply wasn’t there. The strong-staying Skywalker Legend duly ran on well to win by three lengths in 31.42.
In the first semi-final of the Greyhound and Pet World A4 525, Skeough Town, trained by John O’Callaghan, Bandon, supplemented last week’s success with another smart display. His early pace carried him to the front approaching the first bend and once there he dominated proceedings on his way to a two-length victory over Master Ace in 29.38.
Rising Bluebell, owned by Noel and Damian Fleming of Ballyduff Upper, earned her maiden success with a convincing display in the other heat. The October ‘11 bitch was a finalist in the Rising Open Unraced Stake last month at Youghal and she showed plenty in defeat on her Curraheen debut in the first round of this stake. Showing pace and determination this time, she moved to the front between the opening bends and quickened away stylishly to score by five lengths from Freya Said So in 29.05.
Elsewhere on the card there were wins for the James Kelleher-trained Sullane Fluffy, the Tom O’Neill-trained Sunvalley John, Mossy O’Leary’s Aghaburren Pablo and Droopys Adelaide, handled by Johnny Linehan.
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