LOCAL butcher, Paul Ellis, could be in line for a fantastic double after his dog ‘Farloe Force’ made it through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Derby at Shawfield tomorrow night.
BY “THE TRACKER”
Having already landed the Irish St. Ledger Classic at Limerick with his other great dog, ‘Farley Turbo,’ Paul would dearly love to win this major prize to add to that great feat and he will have the support of all local greyhound owners.
‘Farloe Force’ ran a great race to win his quarter-final on Tuesday night in a very guick time of 28.93.
This Decemeber ‘08 brindle dog had been a bit below par in his first round run, but he was back to top form on Tuesday and is now one of the leading contenders to land the the £25,000 for this Culmore Road owner. He is drawn in trap one in the semi-final and, with a trouble free run, he hopefully will make it through to the final,
His main danger seems to be ‘Taylor’s Cruise’ in trap three. This dog has brilliant early pace and may lead but if ‘Farloe’ can get a good run around the opening bend, I think he will prove too strong.
Scottish Derby semi-final
(in trap order)
1. Farloe Force; 2. Brittons Empire; 3. Taylor’s Cruise; 4. Manila Flash; 5. Graysland Bubba. 6. Westmead Grant
the bet at Lifford
Meanwhile the main race of the weekend at Lifford Stadium will be the final of the April Unraced 350 yards tomorrow night.
There were two semi-finals of this competition last week with some well-bred pups in both races. In the first ‘semi’ there was good money for ‘Flaming Kite,’ owned by Dennis Chambers and this strapping 71 lbs dog did not let his followers down. He trapped well from trap two and showed good early pace to lead by a couple of lengths before showing signs of ‘greenness’ on the bend as he ran a bit wide. Once he came into the home straight though, he stayed on really well up the hill to win in a good time of 19.27 secs.
The second semi-final was a more competitive race. ‘Tober Sunrise,’ owned by Seamus McGarry in trap four was a bit slow to start but he moved to the outside on the run to the bend. There was some crowding on the inside and this fawn dog swept around the outside of the field to run on and win in a time of 19.57.
Having looked at the trap draw for tomorrow’s final, I think ‘Flaming Kite’ may win but ‘Tober Sunrise’ is a dog who could improve but he looks to have a very tricky trap six in this final.
On Sunday night at the track there will be two semi-finals of the ‘D.V.D 750’ while there will also be Open races over all distances, As normal racing tomorrow night starts at 7.50 pm with Sunday’s card at the earlier time of 6.00 pm
April 350 Yards Final
In trap order - 1. Wait and Hope; 2. Cal’s Recruit; 3. Swiss Art; 4. Flaming Kite; 5 Burnhill United; 6. Tober Sunrise.