We have video replay of the 2017 Irish greyhound derby quarter finals and the draw for the semi-finals.
It was quite a session of quarter final heats in the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne on Saturday night.
Obviously due to the late racing at Leopardstown many members of the crowd were late in arriving at the track. When they did it was well worth their while.
There was a mixture of fancied winners and upsets, the biggest of all being the defeat of Clares Rocket as he was edged out in the final stride by Good News. Sonic and Black Farren completed a heat double for Graham Holland while the fastest winner of the session was the hugely impressive Native Chimes.
Heat 1 – SUPER SONIC POWERS CLEAR
Sonic was understandably a red-hot favourite for the opening quarter final and the brilliant son of Knockglass Billy and Vickis Dream didn’t disappoint.
Making a slick exit from trap five, the favourite was soon in front, but he had to show great determination to get around the corner unscathed.
As he drove the corner, he took a hefty bump from Hey Bound, who was forced wide by Drive On Tipp. This all resulted in Sonic maintaining his advantage with his kennel companion Clona Kid left second on the fence.
Hey Bound recovered quickly to move past Clona Kid down the back straight, but Sonic was simply too good for his rivals. Marian Maloney’s 2016 Derby favourite was pulling right away to secure his semi-final spot in style.
Meanwhile Jaytee Barracuda was motoring to move third entering the third turn and he came home strongly to take second, but this contest was all about Sonic. Powering up the straight, the June ’14 whelp went on to see off Jaytee Barracuda by eight and a half lengths in 29.61. the all important third qualifying spot went to Hey Bound, who finished a further length and a half adrift.
Heat 2 – A VICTORY FOR THE NATIVE
Native Chimes is certainly singing the right tune at present and the powerful son of Premier Fantasy and Native Gypsy secured his place in the final twelve in magnificent fashion in the second quarter final.
Although not the fastest into stride, the Johnny O’Sullivan trained star was left room to race by Ballymac Sarahjo as she cut inwards from trap four. This allowed Native Chimes to get up a head of steam and he powered into the corner to assume control.
Kilgraney Ace moved second before the turn from trap six, but was always going to struggle to get to the leader. As is his way, Native Chimes really flew down the back straight to open a commanding advantage. Native Chimes, owned by John Kelleher and Pat Norton, continued to stride out majestically up the straight to eventually cross the line three and a half lengths clear of the strong staying Kilgraney Ace in 29.44. Rank outsider Drumsna Star ran a big race to be a five length third.
HEAT 3 – FARREN ANOTHER FOR HOLLAND
Graham Holland had two runners again in this heat and they enjoyed contrasting fortune.
The hitherto unbeaten Droopys Cabaye was crowded in the early yards as the favourite Tyrur Harold edged inwards from traps and he disputed the lead into the corner with Milldean Skip.
Milldean showed in front into the back and he was chased by Tyrur Harold and Black Farren. The latter hit the front entering the third bend and was just ahead of Tyrur Harold on the third bend. Black Farren (Droopys Cain/ Ballycowen Moll), owned by the Lionheart Syndicate, kicked on at this point and won by two lengths from Tyrur Harold in 29.68. The evergreen Jaytee Jet ran on strongly to be a two length third, edging Milldean Skip out of third spot by a head.
HEAT 4 – ROCKET BEATEN IN DRAMATIC FINISH
Clares Rocket was a red-hot favourite to maintain his unbeaten record in the classic but for once he failed to deliver as he was edged out in the final strides by Good News.
This was a race which changed complexion on a few occasions and the result was in the balance until the final strides.
Clares Rocket didn’t explode out of traps and it was neck and neck up between Good News, Buckos Dream and Clares Rocket. The latter checked slightly into the corner and Buckos Dream moved ahead between bends to open up a two length gap over Good News. Clares Rocket then flew the back to go second at halfway and he challenged Buckos Dream at the third bend. He was cut off and lost at least a length as Buckos led for home. But Clares Rocket took it up on the run-in but was then collared in the final strides by the Pat Guilfoyle trained Good News (Definate Opinion/ Pippy) which prevailed by a neck in 29.59 with Buckos Dream a length third.
THE BOYLESPORTS IRISH DERBY SEMI-FINAL DRAW
T1: BLACK FARREN
T2: HEY BOUND
T3: NATIVE CHIMES
T4: TYRUR HAROLD (M)
T5: BUCKOS DREAM (W)
T6: JAYTEE BARRACUDA (W)
T1: GOOD NEWS
T2: DRUMSNA STAR
T3: SONIC (W)
T4: CLARES ROCKET (W)
T5: KILGRANEY ACE (W)
T6: JAYTEE JET (W)