Bully for Sean in final win on speedy night at Drumbo
Braeside Bully continues to improve and took the A4 Ocean Feed Greyhound final worth £400 in grand style for Armagh trainer Sean Devlin at Drumbo on Saturday night.
On a bitterly cold night with temperatures plummeting, the track was running exceptionally quick with four-bend races given a rating of .30 secs fast and sprints .15 fast, with all winners of 525 races, breaking 29 seconds on the watch. Braeside came out of trap 3 sideways but still had the acceleration to beat Our Tipp into the first bend and recorded a notable sectional time of 16.39. He was always holding the chasing pack and it was the other semi-final winner Coolavanny Rogue who came through as the principal challenger but could only get to within two lengths of Bully in 28.79, adjusted to 29.09. Fatboyz Darcie was five lengths further adrift in third.
The fastest of the 'four-benders' was the Margaret Campbell-trained Scarriff Power who romped home by seven lengths from Conors Memphis in a flying 28.69 in what was the dog's first Drumbo success since joining the Dundonald kennels.
Others who broke the 29-sec barrier were Bobby Scullion's Craigavon brindle bitch Scullys Flow (28.94) who beat Black Hollow a length, Listen Danny, an improving sort handled by Downpatrick's Damian Maginn. Danny made all in beating the staying-on Jimmys Sham two lengths in 28.71 secs.
Across The Bay came up from Dundalk, giving owner Ken Finnegan a second victory in 28.98 while even the first race was won in 28.88, the result delighting veteran Belfast trainer Frankie Dowds who watched Greenmount Lily win her third race, defeating Tunnell Tam three and a half lengths.
Sprint runners were also on the ball with good runs, the best of them being Burrendale Tony. Another from the Maginn kennels, Tony had the gears where it mattered in accounting for Portmagee Hero by a length in 17.91.
Lisburn trainer Michael Taggart continued his recent run of success when his Beaming Dot Com won a thriller in 17.94, defeating Dogsandfools half-a-length.