Beaming smile from Michael as he is on the Dot at Drumbo
drumbo park greyhounds
Beaming Dot Com was the star of the Saturday show at Drumbo, romping home in 28.85 secondss in the opening semi-final of an A3 contest worth £350.
From a level break, the white and black led from Brockagh Ciara into the first bend where there was severe bunching in behind with the rest badly interfered with.
Com, one of two winners on the night for Banbridge trainer Michael Taggart, went clear down the back-straight, chased by Ciara who finished five lengths second. Greenhill Fox recovered from a hopeless position to qualify in third, a further six lengths behind.
In the second semi-final, Fast sprinter Chuckys Lad made his early pace count in taking the win for Newcastle owner Aidan O'Neil. His brindle dog burst clear from the 'lift' and went around the opening turn ahead of Camilo while Run On Pearl and Two Missing were badly baulked, along with Search Now and Shawdeco Hunter .
There was no catching Chuckys who beat Camilo two and a half lengths with Run On Pearl doing well to qualify, a further three and a half lengths back in third (29.27).
In the €125,000 Boylesports Irish Derby, wonder dog and hot favourite Clares Rocket was beaten in his first round heat but qualified in second at odds of 2/96.
He lost nothing in defeat as he charged the lids before they went up, found trouble on the run-up and had to switch inside before failing by half-a-length behind Trade Freddie and will now come up against Joe Hurley's Magherafelt first-round winner Blue Cafu. Back in his favoured trap six, the Rocket should be back on winning form. Tiernans Gift, handled by Belfast Tommy Light, is also in the next stage after a fourth place behind the cracking bitch Ballydoyle Honey, one of four round winners for trainer Graham Holland on Saturday night which was par for the course with over 100 winners there already this year.