Greyhounds: Pony Imp boosts reputation with comeback win
PONY Imp is one of the best bitches in the north and showed her ability once again for Lisburn owner Jim Connor.
After a period on the sidelines with a wrist injury, she bounced back to winning form last week and quickly added to her reputation with another decisive victory at Drumbo Park.
Perfectly housed in trap one, she was led out by Beanos Cowboy but, like the previous week, the Pony, backed into 4/5 from 6/4, was on her high horse, soaring past on the run-in and staying on strongly in the home-straight for a clear-cut five and a half lengths victory in 18.13 seconds from the Cowboy with Ulster Johnjo half a length further back in third.
It was a great weekend for Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown, his four winners highlighted by a great display from another Pony in the second semi-final of the Fanes Kennels 575 (A3).
Katies Pony is a strong stayer so once the brindle bitch led round the first turn, it was all over bar the shouting.
She simply overpowered her rivals, going clear for an easy eight lengths victory, clocking 31.74 seconds which leaves her as favourite for the £400 final on Friday night.
Drumna Clare, always second, was four and a half lengths in front of Barnish Peter who was involved in crowding at the first bend.
In the next race over 525, Barntick Heart – owned by Crumlin's Paddy White and a recent purchase from Galway – triumphed for the third time.
While Drumcrow Guard cut out the initial pace, it was Fane Exude who hit the front entering the back-straight but that lead was short-lived when Barntick soared past.
The September '12 son of Ace Hi Rumble, came home three and a half lengths from Follow Me in 29.59, the latter getting up to claim second by a neck.
The brilliant four-timer started with Dudleys Dinamite and was quickly followed by Travis Da Daddy.