GREYHOUNDS | Local interest in Saturday night’s Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby quarter-finals



The Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby is down to the last 24, and there remains some local interest ahead of Saturday night’s quarter-finals.

Formerly based in the ‘Wee County’, and now resident in Drumlish, Co. Longford, Pat and Pauline Quinn have Drumsna Star going in Heat 3. The ‘Drumsna’ prefix features regularly around Dundalk, and this fellow was successful in a 620 on International night, July 12th.

It’s about the easiest of the four races, if there is such a thing, though Drumsna Star will have to be at his best to go through.

Meanwhile, Milldean Skip has his favoured trap one berth in the final heat, where he faces some tough opponents. The likes of Dundalk 525 record holder, Burnt Beans, Tyrur Harold and International winner, Jaytee Jet, will make it difficult for the Marie Gilbert-trained tracker to advance.

Graham Holland continues to dominate the Shelbourne Park classic, with no less than eight still standing. His team is headed by Claires Rocket, just 2/1 with the sponsors to win out. Holland also supplies second favourite, Sonic at 4/1, and it’s 8s bar.

At Dundalk last Friday, Mojito Blue was a good all-the-way winner for Ardee’s Brian McCormack and trainer, John Durrigan. He clocked 21.69 in beating Jamaica Joy by almost two lengths in 21.69.

The Bed To Work Syndicate, which comprises Dundalk’s Pat and Matthew Loftus, and Michael Tiernan, Drogheda, was on the mark with Killure King. He got up on the line to pip Fridays Snickers by a short-head in 29.11.

There was another Co Louth success in Race 7, thanks to Valeries Master, the property of Michael Doyle and Thomas Butterly. The veteran never gave the others a look-in as he notched up a 17th success in 30.17 for the 550-yard trip.

On Saturday, Debs Express got off the mark at the fourth attempt for Drogheda’s Janet and Peter Tiernan. He came from the back of the field to prevail by four lengths in 29.34.

Another Ardee owner to collect over the weekend was David Daly, when his Nanny Brien, trained by Martin Lanney, fairly bolted in. She covered the 525 yards in 28.88, two lengths quicker than runner-up, Debidee Express, another representative of the Dee-side town.

Valeries Express did the business for Drogheda enthusiast, Michael Cunningham. He required the photo finish camera to confirm a short-head victory over Droopys Wallace in 28.88.

The good run of brothers, Laurence and Brian Jones continued, as their Speed Chime, claimed a share of the spoils with Old Fort Miami. They dead-heated in 28.97.

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