Charlie/Dolores doubles; Bugatti fastest in 28.45
Charlie Lister had a good day, getting his OBE at the Palace then a double at WimbledonPICTURE: STEVE NASH
Friday May 4 2012 Wimbledon
Williamhill.com Derby Round Two (heats 1-8, heats 9-16 will continue Saturday)
Tractor went round before heat 1 (normally goes around after every second heat)
Heat 1 (first three qualify from each heat)
1 Coolavanny Bert 4.78 28.62sec won by length and a half
2 Mill Maximus 4.80 short-head
3 Taylors Cruise 4.89
This saw a decisive burst from Coolavanny Bert, who held his position better this time from trap four, cutting in sharply only on the bend and crowding the challenging Mill Maximus, who then stayed second throughout, with Taylors Cruise finishing well to be a short-head third.
The others never got into the race, Rockview Head walked out and ran off at the bend
1 Razldazl Rioga 4.71 28.54sec won by five and a quarter lengths
2 Farloe Iceman 4.81 threequarters
3 Farloe Mysterio
Razldazl Rioga, the Cork Laurels champion, put this to bed at the start, cracking out clear and cutting in early too. Farloe Iceman was second from the first, Farloe Mysterio went very wide early and again off the fourth.
The others were never a factor, Bridge Bandit moving off and colliding with Mags Gamble at the bend.
*COURSE WATERED (bowser went round after heat 2)
1 Ruthless Man 4.83 28.54sec by one length
2 Shelbourne Geoff 4.85 three lengths
3 Lenson Ginger 4.84
Ruthless Man led home an Irish 1-2 with Shelbourne Geoff taking second. John McGee knows all about training a Derby winner, and his dog won a battle to the bend with Lenson Ginger, and then looked comfortable thereafter. Shelbourne Geoff, thereabouts to the turn, seemed to lose a length at that point, but rallied for second. Lenson Ginger tired and ran off at the last, but held Droopys Trump (crowded third) by a half length for the vital third qualifying spot. Newtown Skiptipp started slowly and then ran very wide at the turn. Lughil Paulo screwed wide at the boxes.
1 Taylors Sky 4.88 28.81sec by two and a quarter lenghts
2 Westmead Adonis 4.91 one length
3 French Blue 4.81sec
Taylors Sky, Charlie Lister's Derby champion, was made to work hard after seeming to check at the start, and was then baulked at the bend. But he had secured a position on the rails, went into overdrive down the back and was the first heat winner on the night to come off the back, picking up former local French Blue, who had soon led. Westmead Adonis put up an eye-catching run to motor into second after trouble at the start and the bend. French Blue held off Farloe Luigi by a neck to go through. Farloe Luigi, bumped at the bend, can be considered unlucky. Mill Pegasus got a horrible run but also seemed ill at ease round the track.
Tractor went round
1 Bucks Blade 4.86 28.54sec one length
2 Tyrur Justin 4.82 three and aquarter
3 Droopys Lorenzo 4.90
A great day for Charlie Lister, who earlier received his OBE at the Palace, was capped with the forecast here - although kennelmate Boher Chieftain went out. Tyrur Justin had trapped, but moved wide early, crowding the outside trio. Bucks Blade finally came away moderately well (instead of poorly) and was soon second. Tyrur Justin took them along until veering wide off the last, allowing Bucks Blade victory. Droopys Lorenzo, who himself had come in early into the trouble, kept on for third. Boher Chieftain, pinched back early, ran very wide at the bend.
1 You Mind Me 4.76 28.73sec by a length and a half
2 Go Go Sonic 4.90 threequarters
3 Longwood Days 4.90
You Mind Me pinged and it was effectively race over. Freds Champ, after a modest break, went up fast to turn second but then faded badly off the last. Go Go Sonic, who kept wide throughout, stayed on for second. Longwood Days and Ballymac Cryan bunched on the run in, the latter holding on by a neck to qualify. Pittssburgh Glory walked out.
Tractor went round
1 Tinas Nova 4.79 28.59sec by two and a half lengths
2 Farloe Ironman 4.86 three and a quarter
3 Bit View Micko 4.97
This was a procession, with Tinas Nova (see Steve Nash's fantastic action pic on the Racing Post Greyhounds Facebook page) giving Ireland a third winner on the night, pinging and making all. Farloe Ironman was always second on the rails. The only element of interest in running was whether very slow starting Bit View Micko (also baulked at the bend) would get third, and he did, picking up Daddys Knowbest. Goa Getta had screwed wide at tbe boxes, hammering into Lenson Mac, who was cutting in.
1 RazldazlBugatti 4.73 28.45sec by four and threequarters lengths
2 Brinkleys Flyer 4.92 half length
3 Castlebridge Dan 4.92sec
Dolores Ruth: also a double atWimbledon, part of four winners for IrelandPICTURE: STEVE NASH
Razldazl Bugatti pinged, another trap to line winner and the fastest of the night too with 28.45sec, giving Dolores Ruth a double and four winners for Ireland. Again the only interest in running came in the minor placings, with local Brinkleys Flyer picking up Castlebride Dan for second off the last. Tynwalt Bolt was very slow away and got stopped in his tracks when Hey Gringo put the brakes on at the first bend. Jazz Apollo, who was crowded slightly and moved middle at that point, plugged on but went out by three quarters of a length in fourth behind his kennelmate. There was a bumper Tote trio payoff here off £995.60
The second round resumes Saturday.
See also Jim Cremin's blog
**BURST OF MAGIC has been withdrawn by the stewards from the williamhill.com Derby after a routine test was officially reported positive for a steroid after the greyhound’s first round run. It means trap four in heat 13 on Saturday will be vacant. An inquiry will follow as to the circumstances of the positive. The rules disqualify any such runner from taking further part in the event. The official time of withdrawal was 6.22pm on Friday.
Saturday’s Heat 13
1 Holycross Prince
2 Droopys Jet
3 Westmead Shaw
4 now vacant
5 Razldazl Jayfkay (w)
6 Baigou Phantom (w)
There were no further non-runners on Friday night.
Weather: dry, dull, course watered
Open race trials before racing:
273m solo Mill Hercules (Kelly Macari) solo 16.27sec
Ballymac Tobias (Dean Childs) trap 4 soon led, middle 29.06sec
2nd Be Real (David Mullins) trap 1 moderately away, rails, one length
The draw for the third round, the last 48 (Saturday May 12), will be made after racing this Saturday. This is the last chance for any seedings to be altered. Seedings then remain final for the remainder of the event. Connections wishing to amend a seeding need to contact the stewards before the end of racing on Saturday.