Quietly does it to strike gold for Ian Reilly at Drumbo Park
Roars of approval rang out loud and clear for Quietly after his memorable £5,000 victory in Saturday night's Tennents Gold Cup at Drumbo Park.
Winner of last year's Puppy Derby, the black dog, handled by Navan's Ian Reilly for a Kent-based syndicate, outgunned his rivals in emphatic fashion, justifying 5/2 favouritism in what was initially seen as a race difficult to work out.
However, it was anything but once Quietly hit out and beat Drumsna Castle and Common Man into the crucial first bend. The latter two didn't help each other with slight crowding. Further trouble ensued approaching the second bend where Common was baulked along with Blue Cafu and finished tailed off.
Quietly opened up a decisive lead running down the back, pursued by Castle and Shutthe Backdoor who along with Ivy Hill Bart, did not make the best of starts. The destiny of the £5,000 was sealed with the winner hitting the line four and a half lengths in front of Castle in a superb 28.61 secs. Backdoor was a length back in third from Cafu, Bart and Common Man.
"He needed the run when beaten in the first round but has improved every since," said Ian. "He's a fast dog and hopefully this success will get him an entry in the Night of The Stars at Shelbourne Park. Alternatively we might aim him for the English Laurels at Bellevue."
Brian Beattie, Marketing Director for sponsors Tennent's NI, expressed his delight at the success of the continuing relationship with Drumbo Park and said: "The excitement that has surrounded this year's Tennent's Gold Cup has been fantastic and we enjoyed a superb turnout for the gala final night.
"The finale is a highlight of the social as well as the sporting calendar at Drumbo Park. So we were delighted that Tennent's Lager was at the heart of that sociability and that race-goers enjoyed themselves and got into the party atmosphere... all part of the craic that makes greyhound racing at Drumbo Park such an exhilarating night out."
Meanwhile, Dungannon's Roy Ruddy holds a double hand in the £1,250 Jackie McCann Memorial 525 next Saturday night. His Drumcrow Chrissy took the second semi-final in beating Danesrath Oscar three lengths (29.41) and was preceded in the opener with Drumcrow Kerri's second behind Holborn Peach who led early, lost prominence until finishing strong off the home bend to come back and win by a length (29.79).
But the star of the three heats was Peter Rogers's Belfast black pup Talking Tactics. From trap one, he flashed out and was never seriously challenged in beating Meadows Lass three and a half lengths in a noteworthy 29.11 secs. He has his favoured trap one in the final and will start a warm favourite.
The final line-up in trap order: 1: Talking Tactics; 2: Danesrath Oscar; 3: Holborn Peach; 4: Drumcrow Chrissy; 5: Meadows Lass; 6: Drumcrow Kerri.