Better Call Caul: Five-star performance from Buckley at Tralee

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Derby-winning trainer Pat Buckley had a night to remember at on when he sent out five winners as the southern venue hosted the final of the Greyhound & Petworld . Not only that but two of his winners smashed track records on the night while ace sprinter Flashing Willow was less than a half length from making it three track records on the night for the Buckley kennels.

Dubh Gasta got the ball rolling in the very first race of the night when winning a graded contest in 28:90 for 480m. Next up was Flashing Willow who beat a quality field of sprinters over the 325m trip. After a level break the son of Laughill Blake took it up on the run to the corner and powered away to win by four lengths from exciting youngster Ballymac Strigs in 17:20.

Buckley's third winner was soon to follow courtesy of who made all in a new time of 28:03 in what was only his third start. Ed was very quicky away from box five and made all from another promising youngster in Magical Kuba who clocked 28:13 in defeat. It is hard to believe a dog can clock 28:13 and suffer defeat but it shows how talented the first two are and they will both have a big say in the upcoming AU$120,000 starting shortly at Limerick.

Another record came just fifteen minutes later for the kennel when Bobsleigh Dream led from box to wire after a fast start to stop the clock in 30:41 for the 521m trip beating recently crowned dog of the year by six lengths. The Buckley juggernaut continued in the next race, the English Derby trial stake and here last week's Easter Cup semi finalist Scarty Yank came home with a real rattle to beat the Sprinter of the Year, Good Cody, by three lengths in 28:37.

It was a fine achievement by the Buckley team, and they have plenty of exciting trackers to attack all the major events on the horizon.

The Greyhound Racing awards ceremony took place at on Sunday night and the aforementioned duo of Explosive Boy and Good Cody won Dog of the Year and Sprinter of the Year respectively for the excellent Patrick Guilfoyle. Both were out of luck on Friday night at Tralee, but Guilfoyle did have a double when scoring with Amazing Alice and taking the big one, The Greyhound & Petworld Juvenile Classic with the brilliant Wi Can Dream. Another Buckley runner Lenson On Ice set the early pace here but Wi Can Dream overcame signs of inexperience to pick up the running on the run in and beat the fast-finishing Droopys Edison by a length with Lenson On Ice only a short head back in third.

You would imagine all six finalists will be aimed at the upcoming Kirby memorial at Limerick.

Sparkling Susie cleans up at awards

It came as little surprise to see Peter Comerford's star bitch take all the plaudits at this week Irish Greyhound of the Year awards ceremony. The brilliant daughter of Droopys Jet and Jetstream Lynx won Bitch of the year, Supreme Greyhound of the year and Future Star of the year. She remains a red-hot favorite to add this weekends rescheduled Bresbet Easter Cup to her already incredible haul of Puppy Oaks, Irish Oaks, and Derby. We hope there is plenty more to come and look forward to seeing her in all the major classics in 2022. Other award winners on the night were as follows.

  • Sprinter of the Year: Good Cody
  • Stayer of the Year: Dana Point
  • Brood Bitch of the Year: Jetstream Lynx
  • Dog of the Year: Explosive Boy
  • Stud Dog of the Year: Droopys Sydney

A great character of the game Dennis (Dinny) Lennon was inducted into the hall of fame. While Kirby sponsor Noreen McManus was honoured with a special merit award.

Weather forces Easter Cup postponement at Shelbourne

Persistent rain in the hours preceding the final of the Bresbet Easter forced management to call the meeting off in the interest of safety and welfare. The heavy rain started approximately three before the official start time of the card and with no letup in sight the tough decision had to be made. The same card has been rescheduled for this Saturday night and early weather forecasts foresee no issues at the moment.

Golden Sprint takes centre stage in UK

For many punters in the UK and indeed Ireland greyhound racing will be the forgotten child during the week as the Cheltenham Festival takes place from March 15th to March 18th. However, there is still some top-class racing from Romford as the Coral Golden Sprint final takes place on Friday evening. Amazingly less than two lengths separate the entire field on semi final times and the draw could be crucial. Havana Class drawn in box two has been a beaten favorite on his last couple of outings, but he is due a flying start and has a good chance to lead up the inside. If he can manage one of his better starts, he looks the one to beat and represents a good betting proposition at current odds of $4.50.

This weekend's best bets

Friday Romford – Coral Golden Sprint

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Havana Class Win $4.50

Saturday Shelbourne – Bresbet Easter Cup

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Priceless Jet Each way $17

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