Coolykereen Jack's all right for Drumbo triumph
Coolykereen Jack was the star of the opening round of the Toolmaker Ulster Puppy Cup at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
Only four dogs contested the initial heat and that definitely suited the slow-starting Jack, a black dog owned and trained by Armagh's John Byrne. He went off the 1/2 favourite and made his usual slow start as Fane Zeema set the early pace.
Jack took a bump at the back from Boreen Dubh at the first bend and then Zeema was joined by Scullys Matty going down the far side.
However, Coolykereen then found an extra gear and came between the pair at the penultimate turn, going clear for an effortless five lengths triumph in 28.72 secs (16.49 split). Zeema was second half a length ahead of Matty in third.
Martin Lanney's Nanny Brien was a consummate winner in 28.98 (16.62 split) of heat two. The black bitch bolted out of trap three and led round from Ballymac Alonso and Bohard Rumble. Down the back-straight, Brien increased her advantage and came home nine lengths in front of Alonso while Scully Flo ran on to snatch the qualifying third spot from Mattys Mandy.
In the third heat, Supa Rigel came from off the pace to win for Dugannon trainer Roy Ruddy. Darfin Angel came away best of all to lead round while there was scrimmaging in behind at the first turn with Rigel in second. Angel held a good advantage but Supa then upped his action and led coming off the third bend and ran on strongly in betting Angel by three-and-a-half lengths in 28.98 (16.63 split).