Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker BoyleSports offers it’s latest review of its Irish Greyhound Derby final at Shelbourne Park in Dublin.
Quick out the gate, Razldazl Peaky stormed to victory in the first race of the day, the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Derby Consolation, winning by two lengths around the final corner and completing the race in 29.19 second.
The Michael Fortune Memorial Derby Plate Final saw Ravenswood Mango lead the pack out the doors leaving half way about four to five lengths distance between itself and Black Parachute in second place.
Yet it all changed toward the last corner as Ravenswood Mango eased off its speed, allowing Black Parachute to bridge the gap and eventually opened up the lead, coming in first place from the inside with a winning time of 29.27 seconds. Boylesports’, Sports Broadcaster, Kevin Hennessy, commented: “He’s a dog that’s good enough to contend in the Derby final itself, he was unlucky to go out during the competition but he’s one of the best in the country and he was the stand out in this field”.
The 2020 Boylespsorts Irish Greyhound Derby race saw an enthralling competition between Newinn Taylor and Meenagh Miracle. Taylor, who led the pack throughout the race and was nearly pipped to first place by Miracle after a strong period in the final corner.
Coming in first place with a final time of 21.61 seconds and taking home the €115,000 prize, Taylor’s trainer, Graham Holland noted: “He ran a very strong bend and that’s when there’s a bit of a pile up behind him. The two (Meenagh Miracle) looked very dangerous at the last bend, she’s very strong and to be honest, I thought we were beat. Fair play to the dog, he dug very deep and she probably went the wrong side of him.”
Yet the race will be remembered due to dramatic scenes which saw Pestana take a nasty spill around the first corner after being caught in a pack, with Hennessy later stating: “Thankfully the dog is saved and will be fine. His racing career is probably over.”
The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) confirmed that Pestana was taken straight to ‘renowned vet’ Denis Beary who ‘did a wonderful job of making the dog comfortable’ before he was transferred to Shane Guerin’s Cork practice where he was operated on.
Newinn Taylor led the pack in first with Meenagh Miracle giving good case into the final corner in second spot. With Newinn Taylor just winning with a final time of 21.61 seconds taking home the €115,000 prize. Graham Holland, Trainer of Newinn Taylor commented: “He ran a very strong bend and that’s when there’s a bit of a pile up behind him. The two (Meenagh Miracle) looked very dangerous at the last bend, she’s very strong and to be honest, I thought we were beat. Fair play to the dog, he dug very deep and she probably went the wrong side of him.”