Muldoons hope two qualifiers will deliver
The Ardboe-based Muldoon family have plenty to smile about with two qualifiers in the final of the Oceanfeed Greyhound and DTC Bitches final next Saturday worth £750 to the winner.
Tinas Peppa and Tinas Holly, both owned by young Tracey and handled by father Sean, won their semi-finals, the former proving a length and a half better on the clock and appearing stronger in a finish as the white and black bitch showed in scoring by six and a half lengths in 28.99 in the second heat (525).
Black Sika showed in front at the first bend but took a bump from Deanmill Snowy. There was severe crowding but Peppa on the outside, missed most of it and swept around Overtwoher and sprinted clear. Racing down the far side, there was no doubt what was winning and it was Snowy who ran on well to deny Sika for the vital second spot.
Tinas Holly, a black and white bitch, reversed the previous week's form with Meadows Magic in the initial heat but it was a close-run thing, the pair separated by a short head in 29.11.
Holly made the best start and had a faster sectional time than Peppa - 16.56 compared to 16.77 - but found it tougher coming home. She opened up a substantial lead on Magic and Cronody Mary and was well in front approaching the penultimate bend while Meadows lost her place before rallying in the run-in, coming home with relish and just failing to get up.
Fastest of the three semi-final victors was Mustang Tina (28.97) who's hitting top form for trainer William Berry and the Belfast Cheap As Chips syndicate.
The brindle Mustang is proving a bargain buy at €1,200 and this was her best show to date. From trap six, she pinged the lids unlike the odds-on favourite Bohard Rumble who missed it completely and raced round the opening bends and into the back straight in front of Quivers Buster and Rafas Wee Toots.
And it was Toots who came home best of all, staying on strongly in cutting back the lee-way to half a length, making for an intriguing and competitive decider with only two lengths between all six runners.
Capping a wonderful evening for the Muldoons, Tinas Barney made it a hat-trick in getting the better of Lisnasure in a tight finish over the sprint distance.
The pair turned towards the 'lollipop' with early leader Lisnasure holding an advantage but Barney, a black and white dog owned by Michelle, battled on to get up for a short head win in 18.06 secs.