‘Shanks’ has a win­ning night

Whe­lan so close to dou­ble

Wexford People - - SPORT -

TWO VERY good fi­nals were on of­fer in En­nis­cor­thy Grey­hound Track on Mon­day of last week, and it was a good night for Pierces­town owner, trainer and breeder, ‘Shanks’ Whe­lan.

His Pierces­town Leaf got a good break in the Ge­off Parn­aby A3 stake and was al­ways go­ing to be hard to beat af­ter that.

Leaf ran on strongly to hold the chal­lenge of Lord Of Light by two lengths in a fast time of 28.83.

And it was so nearly the per­fect night as his Pierces­town Mask only failed by a head to catch Bright­side Vim who is also owned by an owner, trainer and breeder in John Ka­vanagh from In­gle­wood, En­nis­cor­thy, whose run­ners are in good form of late.

Vim’s time was 29.09 in win­ning the A4 stake spon­sored by the Wex­ford grey­hound own­ers and breed­ers as­so­ci­a­tion.

The first round of the A5/6 stake also got un­der way with four heats, and if the times are any­thing to go by this is go­ing to be a hotly-con­tested stake.

Fastest of the four heats was in the very first as Miss Hec­tor got away well and ran out a snug three lengths winner.

Kil­more owner Ian Tier­ney is hav­ing a good run of late and he scored a nice win in race eight with Moma Mer­maid.

The vic­tor put her early pace to good use and ful­filled the prom­ise she showed in a re­cent novice stake in Water­ford.

Step­ping into graded class for the first time proved no prob­lem and she should have more im­prove­ment to come.

Novem­ber 27 re­sults - race one, Kereight King at Stud A5/A6 Sweep­stake round one, heat one: 1, Mise Hec­tor (owner, Kieran Cre­ane, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.12; 2, Rains Tom Boy, 29.33.

Race two, heat two: 1, Fay­point Lisa (own­ers, Pa­tri­cia and Michael Flana­gan, Gorey; trainer, Noel Walker), 29.30; 2, Lord Pink, 29.51.

Race three, heat three: 1, Yo­gis Ham­string (owner, John Mur­phy, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.17; 2, Kear­neys Bluebel, 29.73.

Race four, heat four: 1, Tree Tops Beauty (owner, Bren­dan McDon­ald, Bal­ly­murn), 29.20; 2, Long lost, 29.65.

Race five, Christ­mas Party Nights Ev­ery Fri­day in De­cem­ber 525: 1, Stripe Tommy (owner, Ned Free­man, Co. Kilkenny), 29.30; 2, Bal­ly­murn Royal, 29.65.

Race six, Wex­ford GOBA A4 525 Stake fi­nal: 1, Bright­side Vim (owner, John Ka­vanagh, In­gle­wood, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.09; 2, Pierces­town Mask, 29.10.

Race seven, The Ge­off Parn­aby A3 525 Stake fi­nal: 1, Pierces­town leaf (owner, Sea­mus Whe­lan, Pierces­town), 28.83; 2, Lord Of Light, 28.97.

Race eight, Next Meet­ing Fri­day 1st De­cem­ber A3 525: 1, Moma Mer­maid (own­ers, Ian and Diana Tier­ney, Kil­more), 29.24.

The pre­sen­ta­tion fol­low­ing the Ge­off Parn­aby A3 525 Stake fi­nal, won by Pierces­town Leaf, at En­nis­cor­thy Grey­hound Track (from left): Barry Goff (rac­ing man­ager), Wil­lie Mur­phy, Jai Parker, Johnny Ka­vanagh, Sea­mus Whe­lan (owner), Christy Mur­phy (En­nis­cor­thy Track).

Bright­side Vim, winner of the Wex­ford GOBA A4 Stake fi­nal, with John Ke­hoe, James Kent, John Somers, Vin­cent Mor­ris (Chair­man), Tom Somers and Johnny Ka­vanagh.

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