Meeting Friday December 28th
The 2012 season came to a close at Longford Track on Friday night last with a series of finals, all six of which were very kindly sponsored by Tony Teague’s TT Thermal Insulation Company. This was once again a very generous gesture by the Omagh businessman, who doesn’t get the rewards on the track that his investments deserve! The weather did it’s best to spoil the night, with some of the races being run in driving wind and rain, making it difficult for man and beast alike.
The opening race was the final of the TT Thermal Insulation N1 and it proved an easy win for the superbly bred favourite Airport Hostess (Big Daddy Cool-Airport Boss). Very smartly away, Airport Hostess led around the opening bends from the chasing Tudor Lilly, who could make no impression on the leader, who kicked on again off the third bend and came home untroubled 7 lengths clear in 29.31.
In the second race, both Newport Blackie and Castleroggy Lord flashed from the boxes in the final of the TT Thermal Insulation S4/S5 Sprint and the race looked to be between them. However, they got tangled up with each other at the opening corner. This allowed the improving More Taxes (Premier Fantasy-Lizzies Best) to sweep past them both on the outside and once in front he powered home to beat Brownsbridge Jet by 7 lengths in 18.17. The winner is owned by a great supporter of Longford, Howard Wallace from Scotland. This win allowed his trainer Francie Murray to draw level with Tina McGrane as the tracks leading trainer for the year !
The TT Thermal Insulation A6 final was landed by Trevor Cummins James Bon Junior (Shaneboy Lee-Make Up Artist) who, from a level break, just edged in front around the opening corner, avoiding first bend crowding. Quare Collison went off in chase up the far side and gradually reduced the deficit with every stride. However, the line came in time for James Bon Junior who held on by 1/2 length from Quare Collison in 29.45.
This race also created a lot of interest in that the Longford GOBA 2 euro nightly draw, amazingly hadn’t been won in months and had risen to 1520 euro. Track regular, Anthony Weir had drawn James Bon Junior on the night and a huge cheer went up when James Bon Junior hit the front and an even bigger one when he crossed the line, to land the jackpot for the popular Anthony.
The fourth race, the final of the TT Thermal Insulation A5 was run in driving rain and went to Pakie Kelly’s Aranhill Chief (Crash-Jessicas Fancy), who got first run on his rivals. Dannys Legacy did her best to get back on terms up the far side. However, Aranhill Chief kicked on strongly turning for home and pulled right away to win by 9 lengths in 29.20.
Tom Clyne’s Clydal Rumble (Ace Hi Rumble-Clydal Susie) went off favourite to land the fifth race, over the testing Marathon trip of 805 yards and he never gave his supporters any worries as he blasted out and crossed the line on the first circuit with a clear advantage over the chasing Scarlet Rebel. Bective Caesar moved into second place on the second circuit and despite closing in the home straight, Clydal Rumble ran out a comfortable 5 lengths winner in 46.05.
The final of the TT Thermal Insulation A4 went to PV Fallon’s Pepsi Ba Ba (Black Shaw-Pepsi Ciara) who blasted out from her favourable inside draw and opened up a clear lead over the chasing pack up the far side. Gairneybridge moved into second place as they turned for home. However, Pepsi Ba Ba stayed on well and crossed the line 3 lengths clear in 29.40.
The fastest time of the night came in the 7th race, an A2 contest from the Danny Roberts owned, Tina McGrane trained Sigma Danny (Ninja Jamie-Itellyouthis). Royal Highflyer and Oran Style broke together and raced to the opening corner. Royal Highflyer edged in front at this point and led up the far side. Sigma Danny showed good back straight pace and started to make up considerable ground. Turning for home, Royal Highflyer looked like she had done enough. However, Sigma Danny powered up the home straight and swept past Royal Highflyer to score by a length in 29.00 and more importantly gave his trainer Tina McGrane a one win advantage over Francie Murray, who had his final runner of the night in the 9th race!
The last final of the night, was the TT Thermal Insulation A3. Pepsi Crasher blasted out from the traps and set a furious pace up the far side from the chasing Quare Venture, who could make no impression. Pepsi Crasher looked set for victory turning for home. However, Marcella Clyne’s Clydal Hi (Ace Hi Rumble-Clydal Susie) was noted making rapid progress from the third bend and came from way off the pace and got up in the last stride to deny Pepsi Crasher by the minimum margin in 29.46.
Francie Murray needed Kilgowan Oak to score in the 9th race to force a tie in the race to regain his trainers title at the track. Kildallon Rapid flashed from the traps and managed to avoid first bend crowding to lead up the far side from the chasing Kilduff Scarlet. Kilgowan Oak showed good back straight pace to move into second place and started to close on the leader. However, the David Sheridan owned, Eddie Dunne trained Kildallon Rapid (Premier Fantasy-Kildallon Lee) saw it out well enough to cross the line with a couple of lengths to spare over Kilgowan Oak in 29.13 and in doing so secured a first trainers title at Longford Track for the popular Tina McGrane.
The Tony Fallon trained Coolalough Gem (Hometown Boy-Nga-Fishing Trip) had the distinction of bringing the curtain down on the 2012 campaign when landing the `bumper` over the 570 yard trip. Conors Freddy led to the sprint box where he was joined by Coolalough Gem and they raced to the half way mark locked together. It was at this point that Coolalough Gem edged in front and he increased the tempo turning for home and pulled right away to beat the running on Lemonhead Sky by 7 lengths in 31.23.
Footnote: In conclusion, I would personally like to thank all those people out there that have supported Longford Greyhound Track in 2012. Without the generous sponsors, Longford GOBA, the owners and trainers and those who just attend to watch the racing and not forgetting the Track Committee, a big thank you. Without any of you the track couldn’t succeed. A special mention must go to Racing Manager Paddy Farrington who has done a marvellous job, in difficult times, and I look forward to 2013.
- Martin Tucker
Meeting Friday December 21st
The meeting at Longford Track on Friday December 21st featured another three sweepstakes, kindly sponsored by Tony Teague’s company, TT Thermal Insulation. All the dogs finishing last on the night, received a 50 euro voucher for Fast Trap Kennel Supplies. This was kindly sponsored by Longford GOBA.
Racing opened with a win for the Noel Costello trained Very Lucky (Eden Brett-Melwood Pearl) who swept clear of the field at the opening corner and once in front pulled right away to beat the chasing Drumsna Boy by 6 lengths in 18.09, to give the Early-House-Syndicate their second win from six outings.
Charlie Grant was on the mark in the second race with another member of the Flying Stanley-Tamna Lucy litter when Tamna Roxy got first run on her rivals to make all and beat the always second Kuma Murranji by 3 1/2 lengths in 29.85.
The opening semi-final of the TT Thermal Insulation A4 went o the Francie Murray trained Subway Speed (Ace Hi Rumble-Forest Baby). Gairneybridge was first to show, but was quickly passed by Kebab House going into the opening bend and led until the third bend where the rapidly improving Subway Speed took up the running. However, he had to withstand the challenge of the running on Gairneybridge and held on by a length in 29.39.
The second semi-final went to PV Fallon’s Pepsi Ba Ba (Black Shaw-Pepsi Ciara) who flashed from the traps. The chasing pack were all bunched up and Pepsi Ba Ba went on to make all and held on to beat the running on Beltra Tasha by a length in 29.25.
The opening semi-final of the TT Thermal Insulation S4-S5 went to Tom Caughey’s Brownsbridge Jet (Ballymac Maeve-Annas Reward) who was very quickly into his stride. However, he had to pull out all the stops to hold the fast finishing Drumsna Prince and just held on by the minimum margin in 18.30.
The second semi-final was landed by Nathan McGovern’s Sticker Man (Never Give Up-Carn Eve) who took it up from the fast starting Newport Blackie at the opening corner and pulled clear to beat his rival by a couple of lengths in 18.20.
The opening semi-final of the TT Thermal A3 went to Pakie Kelly’s Aranhill Denny (Crash-Generosity). Best Company was away to her usual fast start and led to the third bend from the chasing pack. It was at this point they all started to bunch up and Aranhill Denny came through to lead in the home straight and went on to beat Wagtail Topsy by a couple of lengths in 29.49.
The second semi-final went to Marcella Clyne’s Clydal Hi (Ace Hi Rumble-Clydal Susie) who held off the persistent effort of Pepsi Crasher until the third bend. At this point Clydal Hi increased the tempo and pulled right away in the home straight to run out an easy 10 1/2 lengths winner in 29.30.
Earlier in the evening Marcella Clyne had landed the first leg of her double with Clydal Jack (Hometown Boy Nga-Clydal Susie). From a level break Quare Scolari edged in front at the opening corner. However, she was forced to check by the challenging Clydal Jack who shot clear and went on for a comfortable 5 lengths win over Gortkelly Rooney in 18.10.
Tony Fahy landed the `bumper` over the 550 yard trip with Boozed Barack (Royal Impact-Frosty Jo) who led at the first bend and was pushed very hard by Sigma Danny until they turned for home where Boozed Barack pulled clear to win by 4 1/2 lengths in 30.33.