GREYHOUNDS | Dream Dude dazzles in 525 final at Dundalk Stadium
Racegoers were treated to a five-star performance from the aptly-named Dream Dude at Dundalk Stadium on Saturday evening.
The even-money favourite romped to a five-length victory in the Dundalk Novice Open Unraced 525 final, recording 28.39, which is little more than a length outside the track record of 28.31. Dream Dude is owned and trained in Navan by Ollie Bray.
Elsewhere on the card, Drogheda’s Sinead Matthews had a 12/1 winner in the shape of the Tommy Heavey-trained Valeries Thunder (29.40).
Calfornia Chrome, conditioned in Togher by Michael Doyle, was on the mark in the eighth, prevailing by one-and-a-half lengths in 29.01.
Meanwhile, just like Dundalk FC the same night, the home team cashed in on Friday. Five of the seven races fell to Co Louth runners. There were to have been eight contests, but the opener was declared a ‘no race’ after a traps malfunction.
The Clogherhead kennel of Michael Kelly registered a double with Milldean Gem (21.71) and Milldean Katy (29.18).
Milldean Katy’s win came in a heat of the Ever Kleen Contract Cleaners A3 525, where Hangover Cure (29.14) was also successful for Dundalk’s Amy Rose O’Connor and Chris Doyle.
In the third heat of this stake, Monleek Express got in as a reserve to collect in 29.14 for Rita and John Downey, Tullyallen.
Ring Harbour clicked again over the minimum trip of 350 yards. He is owned and trained by David Dunne in Dromiskin, and clocked 19.36.
Friday, March 31st
Race 1: No Race — Trap Malfunction; Race 2: Milldean Gem won in 21.71 for MandH Racing Syndicate and Clogherhead trainer Michael Kelly; Race 3: Hangover Cure won in 29.14 for Amy Rose O’Connor and Christopher Doyle (Dundalk); Race 4: Deanmill Katy won in 29.18 for M&H Racing-Syndicate and Clogherhead trainer Michael Kelly; Race 5: Monleek Express won in 29.14 for Rita Downey and Tullyallen trainer John Downey; Race 6: Kilrues Roger won in 29.16 for Oliver O’Sullivan (Navan); Race 7: Parnell Mags won in 21.95 for Terence Maguire (Portmarnock); Race 8: Ring Harbour won in 19.36 for David Dunne (Dundalk).
Saturday 1st April
Race 1: Shes Packinspeed won in 29.25 for Raymond Heaney and Neil Saward (Newry); Race 2: Ramor Express won in 21.77 for Michael Maguire (Virginia); Race 3: Barnsley Boy won in 21.95 for Dwayne Whitehouse (Stewardstown); Race 4: Deanmill Annie won in 29.12 for M&H Racing-Syndicate and Craigavon trainer Bobby Scullion; Race 5: Valeries Express won in 29.21 for Anthony Naughton (Mornington); Race 6: Valeries Thunder won in 29.40 for Sinead Matthews and Drogheda trainer Thomas Heavey; Race 7: Dream Dude won in 28.39 for owner/trainer Oliver Bray (Navan); Race 8: Drumcrow William won in 21.42 for owner/trainer Roy Ruddy (Dungannon); Race 9: Calfornia Chrome won in 29.01 for Michael Doyle and Catherine Johansson (Drogheda); Race 10: Flat Totheboards won in 29.10 for owner/trainer William White (Dublin); Race 11: Says You Madam won in 28.88 for Mr GF Gorman (Lisburn).