Blake all set for shot at Derby glory
Laughil Blake will be a warm favourite for Saturday's €125,000 Boylesports.com Irish Greyhound Derby after a scintillating semi-final victory at Shelbourne.
The Michael O'Donovan-trained black dog pulverised the opposition on Saturday night, breaking fast from trap six which he again occupies in the decider.
Blake stormed home three and a half lengths ahead of Emers Superstar and Tyrur Sugar Ray.
Blake clocked a fast 29.41 seconds (550), giving him plenty in hand over the other semi-final winner, the outsider Vulturi who got the better of Borneo and kennel mate Ballymac Vic (29.65).
The first and third are both handled by Liam Dowling but there is little doubt that Laughil, who has yet to taste defeat in the competition, is the one they all have to beat.
The line-up in trap order is: 1, Tyrur Sugar Ray; 2, Emers Superstar; 3, Ballymac Vic; 4, Vulturi; 5, Borneo (m); 6, Laughil Black (w).
Meanwhile at Drumbo there was an eye-catching display from young bitch Bolts Me Mammy, owned by Carrick's John Ferris and trained by son Darren.
She flew around the four bends (525) in 28.85 seconds in her first race over the trip.