Derry Greyhounds: Paul’s Prada on trend at Brandywell
There was a 7 race program on Monday night and in addition to the usual prizes on offer, the Track Lotto team sponsored high quality collars and leashes for all winners.
We were treated to sprint action for the first three races and history was made when busy stallion Broadstrand Bono had his first winner this side of the Irish Sea.
Bono is a son of super stallion Droopys Sydney and many breeders have opted for him as an alternative, so there is plenty of interest to see how his first offspring performs. Bono’s winner came in race one when Oliver Canavan’s Olwinn Cara (Broadstrand Bono x Olwinn Queen, Jun 21) showed good pace early on from his favorite wide berth in trap 5 to be among the leaders at approaching the bend.
She took the lead as she circled the outside of her rivals into the first corner and raced well down the straight to finish 2.5 lengths ahead of Rusty Rosie in 16.92. It was only her fourth race and Cara is sure to have her fans as her career progresses as she is not only a talented athlete but also a stunning eye-catching blue girl with white spots.
Call You Tonight (Native Chimes x Bubbly Madeva, Sept 2020) took full advantage of their Trap 1 draw to land the second run in 17.13 for Ryan McGranaghan.
The terrain leveled out and Call You Tonight kept pace as they approached the first corner. She bravely held her position on the rails and used it to her advantage sliding around the bend to open about 4 lengths over her competitors.
It was a crucial advantage that she only held by a short head as she crossed the winning line from Droopys Katie who powered down the straight in pursuit.
Katie will be one to watch as she moves to 4 turns. Ryan’s charge has now won 2 of his 3 races and looks perfectly suited to Brandywell’s sprint. She is a litter sister to Tax You Tonight who gets better with every run and has won her last 2 runs at Newbridge, most recently clocking a sizzle of 17.46 for 325 yards.
Olwinn Cara who won the first race with Oliver Canavan.
Race 3 was also won by Trap 1 dog Tip Away Summer (Droopys Buick x Jaytee Summer, Aug 20) for Nigel Maguire. She was very quick away from the traps and won outright by 3 lengths in a fast 16.89 from Don Vincenzo who ran well after a slow start. Summer was still a young girl when she moved to Brandywell from Tralee but has now won 3 of her 9 races on the circuit which clearly suits her trapping ability and early pace.
Back to action
Fridays Arista (Droopys Sydney x Tyrur Kerri, Jan 20), the winner of Paul Whyte’s Magical Bale Consolation Oaks at Brandywell in August earlier this year, was back in action in race four against classy types.
Starting from Trap 2, she was only moderately far from the traps and was in fourth place as she approached the first turn. She navigated a path around the outside of the field and progressed steadily as the riders approached the third corner where the leaders jostled for room on the inside of the track.
Mark Colhoun and Michelle Norris with Ella Rose and Millie Anna enjoying a night out with the dogs.
Arista kept up her momentum with the advantage of a trouble-free run outside the other dogs and ran well to beat Glenside Trade by 1.25 lengths as she crossed the line in 28.21. Beanos Snowflake is in the notebooks as she looked particularly unlucky to be pressed for space on what appeared to be a third corner winner.
Vincent McGuinness and Juliet Aldridge’s home-bred pup, Rosehill Pele (Tarsna Havana x Shesashowoff, Nov 2020) was a determined Race 5 winner and he picked up his second career win. It was an exciting race to watch. Moderately clear of Trap 3, Pelé was in second place with a 4 length deficit to catch early leader Mega Blake down the backstretch.
Pele maintained a good canter and pulled himself up half a length to win in 28.11 while fending off an impressive late push from Glenside Shank who finished half a length ahead of Blake. Pelé has now won 2 of his 8 races and is relishing the thrill of the chase.
Patience is a virtue, every dog has its day and good things come to those who wait, were all sayings that came to mind as we watched 3-year-old Shlowdown Rumble (Maryville Rumble x Lady Dunbar, July 2019) enjoying his first career success.
It was lightly run and it was the thirteenth time lucky for Rumble as it won in 28.29 (500 yards) for owner Brendan Harkin. A smooth exit from Trap 3 saw her lead into the first corner with Cals Sport chasing hard in a difficult position throughout the race. However, Rumble was resilient and she held off her 1.25 length opponent. Now that she’s found her form, can she do two in a row? Brendan hopes so.
The most impressive performance of the evening came in the last race. Paul McLaughlin’s Avongate Prada (Ballymac Best x Avongate Hazel, October 20) had raced at Waterford and Kilkenny before moving to her kennel and after running into trouble a fortnight ago on her Brandywell debut she was perfect winning by 3.5 lengths in 16.71 (300 yards) on just his second run on the circuit.
Call You Tonight who won the second race with Darragh (left) and Ryan McGranaghan.
It was the best time of the night and she seems to have a bright future. Prada has a nice pedigree that works in its favor with a maternal line that goes back to Little Diamond.
Lifford Greyhound Stadium Update
The greyhound racing community was buoyed during the week when the good news broke that Lifford had finally obtained its Greyhound Racing Ireland license to reopen as a greyhound racing track.
In a statement to the Greyhound Star, spokesperson Cathal Magee thanked everyone involved in securing the license and thanked the local greyhound community for their patience over the past year. He went on to say that they will be opening the first weekend of April 2023. The greyhound community and their canine athletes have a lot to look forward to in 2023.