POPULAR Derry butcher, Paul Ellis, was E15,000 richer last weekend when his dog, “Farloe Calvin” won won the GMHD Juvenile Classic at the Tralee Track.
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“Farloe Calvin,” trained by Co. Tipperary trainer, Owen McKenna for the local man, ran from his favoured trap one in last week’s final and he really turned on the style leading from trap to line to win by four lengths in a fast time of 28.57 seconds.
“Farloe Calvin” claimed the winner’s cheque he is now unbeaten in his four races and he will now be aimed at many of the major competitions in Ireland.
However, Paul also had his share of bad luck because on Saturday night another one of his dogs, “Farloe Buddy,” also trained by Owen McKenna, failed to qualify from his quarter-final of the pestigious Con and Annie Kirby Memorial competition which was staged in Limerick.
“Farloe Buddy” was well placed in the run to the opening bend but he got crowded out and could not recover.
However, I’ve no doubt that like his kennel mate, “Farloe Calvin,” he will also be contesting all the major competitions over the next year and the best of luck is extended to all involved with these two top class pups from the local greyhound racing fraternity.
“March Hare” Final
at Lifford Tomorrow
Meanwhile, Lifford Stadium will host a 12 race graded card tomorrow night (Saturday) with the highlight of the night expected to be the final of the March Hare 525 yards event.
Two very competitive semi-finals were staged last week and the fastest dog to emerge from those races was “Keen Darkie,” owned by Patrick McConville from Dungannon, in a time of 29.16 seconds for the distance.
Although “Keen Darkie” looks a certain leader from his favoured trap six in tomorrow night’s final, I thought that “Garlyn Future,” owned by Sammy McKeever, was a shade unlucky behind “Keen Darkie” in his semi-final. “Garlyn Future” almost missed the break last week but he ran on really well and was only a half length behind “Keen Darkie” at the winning line.
In addition, “Garlyn Future” was having only his third race last week and I would expect him to improve but he has a tricky trap five in tomorrow night’s final but with a clear run he is selected to win this final for his Claudy owner.
Having scanned through the rest of the card, the only other bet for me is “High Darragh” in race 12 over 575 yards.
This May 2011 dog looked to be a strong stayer when it came from behind to win a 575 in its last run at the Lifford track and although “high Darragh” is moved up from A5 to A4 in grade, I think he should win and continue the good run of hhis Co. Armagh trainer, Sean Devlin, who has been turning out plenty of winners at Lifford over the last few weeks.
As normal, the first race will be off at 7.50 p.m. at Lifford tomorrow night.
There will also be normal racing at Derry on Monday night with the first race off at 8 p.m.