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Blastoff set to go for John Byrne in Drumbo Puppy Cup bid

By Robert Fenton

County Armagh owner John Byrne has a very nice brindle pup in Blastoff McCaw and the youngster is certain to be a major contender for the Townview Kennels Puppy Cup which gets underway at Drumbo Park on Saturday, May 9.

The dog's last appearance saw him land a sprint win in March and he returned to the track on Saturday night for a flying 28.79 around the found bends.

He had the early pace to outgun Fox Mountain and Drumcrow Natasha into the first turn and once in front, Blastoff, landing his second win in three races, bounded clear and had four lengths in hand of the staying-on Droopys North who did well to finish second from well off the pace.

McCaw's victory was notable, not just on the watch, but in the manner of his victory which saw him clock a split time of 16.38 secs - further indication of his back-straight speed. This race will set the August '13 Kinloch Brae progeny up nicely in the chase for that £2,500 winner's prize next month.

The previous night a sprint contest (S5) got underway and here Clifford Dennison's Gilford runner Gilford Jet set the tone with a sparkling 18.10 victory - the black pup's second on the bounce. The Razdazl Jayfkay progeny won by three lengths in the fastest time of the initial four heats.

Second quickest was Navan-based Hee Haws Romo who had a head advantage over Nuthill Lass (18.27) while the other initial round winners were Mikes Dolly and Penny Garcia.

They, too, had little in hand, the Derry-based Dolly beating Zulaflex a short head and a head separating Penny Garcia from Killeavy Flash (18.39) in the concluding fourth heat..

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