Draper's Eske back on song with Sheffield stroll
Barrie Draper: Trains impressive Sheffield winner Ballymac Eske
BALLYMAC ESKE made it three wins from four starts when riding first bend crowding to justify odds-on favouritism in a 500m puppy open at home track Sheffield on Tuesday.
Barrie Draper’s youngster, sent off a prohibitive 1-5 favourite, broke reasonably well but had to force himself to the front at the turn before opening up in style and racing clear for a five and a half lengths success over Bowtime Jagger in recording a smart 28.61sec.
He had lost his unbeaten record at Hove at the start of the month when stumbling at the start and then hitting the rails at the first bend, but subsequent sprint trials had suggested all was well and this vindicated that.
Elaine Parker’s Welton Arthur was another Owlerton-based greyhound to justify very short odds as he took a 660m contest. Sent off 1-2 favourite, he led from the third bend and came home almost three lengths to the good of Magna Sparrow in 39.38sec.
Parker’s Demesne Tornado was market leader for the sprint open, but victory in the 280m contest went to main rival Manilla Flash with Malcolm Daniels’s charge making all to beat Cavevourt Derry by nearly two lengths in 16.05sec.