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    Irish Greyhounds Dominate in Friday Night Heats
Irish Greyhounds Dominate in Friday Night Heats
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Irish Greyhounds Dominate in Friday Night Heats

Friday night’s greyhound racing lived up to expectations, delivering thrilling action with the Irish contenders firmly in the spotlight. The Irish greyhounds secured a commanding 5-3 majority of winners, showcasing their dominance once again.

The standout performance of the night came from Superfast Gorden, who improved by four lengths from his first-round run to win in an impressive 28.71 seconds. Notably, there was only a narrow margin of seven spots separating the four fastest heat winners.

Visually, the most impressive winners included the golden oldies Swords Rex and The Other Kobe, both with 3.97 splits. Joining them was defending champion Gaytime Nemo, who clocked a 28.76 run, adding to the stellar performances from Riverside Kennels.

The Dowling kennel had reasons to celebrate with De Lahdedah’s remarkable win. Despite encountering trouble that might have hampered his chances, De Lahdedah triumphed with a time of 28.91, exceeding expectations.

The KSS Syndicate experienced a mixed night. King Memphis secured a win, albeit in a less flamboyant style than usual, while King Combs and Havana Top Note qualified. However, Queen Dusty and King Capaldi were eliminated, adding a bittersweet note to their evening.

The MWD Partnership, although less dominant than at Romford, saw Newinn Syd deliver a clinically efficient performance. Coolio Gold maintained his unbeaten record with a consistent 29.14 run, mirroring his first-round success.

Surprises and Stellar Performances on Saturday Night

Saturday night’s card, though featuring fewer high-profile clashes, did not disappoint, offering surprises and the quickest run of the entire round.

Crafty Shivoo, trained by Mark Wallis, delivered a sensational performance. Improving by 72 spots in a week, she became the fastest female over the course and distance, narrowly missing the track record with a 28.59 run.

The MWD Partnership enjoyed success with a double win from Whyaye Man. The Irish continued their strong performance with four more winners, maintaining their dominant presence.

Veteran greyhounds also shone, with Ballinabola Ed recalling his 2022 form and contributing to a Buckley double, alongside Antigua Hawk, the night’s second quickest winner.

Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Finn, who reached last year’s semi-finals without winning a heat, needs to improve on his 28.99 to keep progressing. This heat featured a dead heat for third place, with Savana Jackpot advancing and Jim By Two standing by as reserve.

Mr Chelm’s campaign ended after finishing down the field behind kennelmate Azurite, one of the three 29+ second winners. Patrick Janssens’ Edwards narrowly defeated Boylesports Bob, though the trainer likely would have preferred to see Barntick Bear progress. Barntick Bear hit the rail and was eliminated alongside Irish Laurels winner High Trend.

The night concluded without a miracle for Janssens’ favourite as Never Say No reeled him in.

Anticipation Builds for Third Round

The third-round draw promises intense competition, with heat six featuring Crafty Shivoo, Gaytime Nemo, and De Lahdedah, while heat seven pits King Memphis against Swords Rex and Newinn Syd. The clash between The Other Kobe and Clonbrien Treaty also promises excitement.

As the competition narrows to the last 48, the stakes are higher than ever, setting the stage for thrilling races ahead.

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