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Greyhounds: Jet powers to record-breaking win

Sensational racing saw the 550 track record broken three times in consecutive races during the quarter-finals of the £25,0000 Northern Irish Derby at Drumbo Park.

That's a reflection of the high standard of competition for the richest event ever staged in Northern Ireland and makes for an explosive finale on June 25, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Fastest of the night, unsurprisingly, was Leeview Jet, no stranger to Drumbo and ideally suited to this track where he smashed the 525 record last year when taking the Tennents Gold Cup.

The Tipperary-based black son of Tucks Mein, trained by Graham Holland, dispensed any doubt about his staying ability after just holding on in the first round from Loughview Gem who enhanced that form by taking the second Saturday heat, also in record time.

Leeview led into the first bend ahead of Cian Abbey, clocking a split time of 17.48 seconds, and maintained his lead all the way, winning by two and a half lengths in 29.68 from Abbey with Cians Fantasy third.

Peter Corr's Tyrone-based Loughview Gem, trained by Francis O'Brien, won his heat with a tremendous display of power running, stopping the watch at 29.71.

Paradise Orlando was second with the English-based Elwick Joaquin in third.

Rafas Wee Pet, carrying the flag for Ronnie McKeown's Hillsborough kennel, put her track knowledge to great effect in the opening heat and was the first to break the clock on the night, registering 29.77 with her two and a half lengths victory margin over Seamus McGarry's Belfast fawn dog Drumna Windsor. Hats My Boy qualified in third.

English entry Elwick Bolero won heat four, followed home by Gizmo Titan and Star Head. The winner, a black son of Ace Hi Rumble, clocked 29.86, four and a half lengths in front of Gizmo.

Trainer Charlie Lister landed a sixth English Derby success at Wimbledon with Taylors Sky who smashed his own track record in the process.

Taylors, who began his racing career at Youghal, won by five and a half lengths from Westmead Guru in 28.17 (450).

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