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Greyhounds: John can be master in sprint final

Master John has a great chance of taking the £500 Stadium Open Novice Sprint final at Drumbo on Thursday after gaining revenge on Ask Seamus in the semi-final following defeat in the first round.

A son of Droopys Vieri, John just outpaced Seamus into the first corner and came away to triumph by two and a half lengths in 18.13 seconds.

Master John was one of a hat-trick of winners on Thursday night for Antrim’s Brian Macklin, along with Ashanti Kody and Star Head.

The second semi-final was won in an identical time by the smart pup Glen Bill who split Seamus and the Master in that first round. Glen is a blue Hondo Black pup, trained in Louth by John Hayes.

Another competition down for decision is the £500 Punters Pack A2 525 on Friday and one that will take the beating is Sparta Minnie, trained by Craigavon's Jason Atcheson.

This blue brindle bitch upset the form book in the second semi-final with a trap-to-line display, defeating the stayer Darfin Bess a comfortable four lengths in 29.12.

Admittedly her cause was helped when the favourite Golden Moment, conqueror of Minnie by eight lengths the previous week, missed his break and was then impeded at the opening turn before finishing last.

Ashley Lucky took the first semi for Newtownabbey's Paul Malone (29.24), coming from off the pace to overhaul early leader Daves Not Saft by a length while the third heat went to Kieran Moran's Carnlough-based Faughan Connie (29.19).

The latter, a fawn bitch, escaped mayhem at the first corner and proved a length and a half better than Teds Babe so can be expected to put in a strong challenge for the ‘monkey' prize.

A smashing run from Everglade over 525 yards was the Saturday night highlight, the black dog — trained by Bangor's William Atcheson — clocking 28.87 while Banbridge handler Michael Taggart continued his flow of winners, landing another double for Belfast's Dessie Gilroy with Ballyhill Radar and Boherash Lee.

There was also a sub-29 525 triumph for Petite Cleo, owned by Harold Craig.

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