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Chick Takes 480m Step One In Style 


This competition is not only unique, it is also super exciting. To be crowned the champion the winner must compete over 480m, 500m and then in the final over 660m. One of the greatest memories in the modern era came in this competition in 2014 when Ballymac Eske was crowned the champion. That night will live forever in the memories of greyhound fans and judging by the pulsating action in round-one, 2016 could be about to deliver something magical again in this outstanding competition.


Mustang Chick posted the quickest heat win in a slick 27.57 (+20). It was an outstanding performance from Carol Weatherall's bitch. It was an exciting night of action all round with Coolboy Blitz 27.89 (+20), Clonkeen Snowy 27.89 (+20), Catrigg Croft 27.75 (+20), Roxholme Hottie 27.71 (+20) and Thirteen Bags 27.88 (+20) all scoring in round-one.

Patchys Kerry is one of the biggest stars in the sport today and the dual category one champion is safely through after being beaten a short-head by Catrigg Croft.

There were a couple of shock exits; Pinpoint Boom the 2015 Eclipse Champion crashed out after a bumpy ride. La Maqina also went through the exit door after he hit traffic problems on the run up and could not recover. 


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Semi-Finals 500m 29/03/16 


Twelve outstanding greyhounds now tackle step-two; the semi-finals are over 500m and that extra 20metres really could make all the difference. 


The first semi-final, features an incredible four heat winners; Clonkeen Snowy, Thirteen Bags, Mustang Chick and Coolboy Blitz. Throw in to the mix ante-post favourite, superstar Patchys Kerry and unlucky loser Clever Jamie and we have some race to savour.


The second semi-final is another outstanding race. Roxholme Hottie and Catrigg Croft both excelled in the first-round but you can't discount the other four. Viking Jack has had a glittering career, Ribble Aon is a rising star, Satin Mark and Lowgate Rock are solid greyhounds. 


Diane Henry On Thirteen Bags 


“He ran a great race to win his heat, he's a very good dog and we expected a good run from him. He's been running well but not really having much luck, if he's on the bunny he is a fast dog, but he always runs a good race.”


“The semi-final looks tough; there is pace all around him and it would be some achievement if he was to qualify for the final.”

“If he did make the final it will be interesting to see how he goes over that trip. You never know though in greyhound racing, if he was to be out in front, who can say what would happen. This competition is very different, a lot of stayers find it tough in the opening rounds. I thought Borna Mindy would come in to her own over the six bends, but she finished 3rd in her heat. The 480m was always going to be tough, where with Thirteen Bags that was always going to be his strong race”. 




T1 Clonkeen Snowy 

T2 Thirteen Bags 

T3 Mustang Chick 

T4 Patchys Kerry 

T5 Clever Jamie (m) 

T6 Coolboy Blitz (w)


T1 Roxholme Hottie 

T2 Satin Mark 

T3 Lowgate Rock 

T4 Cattrigg Croft 

T5 Ribble Aon (m) 

T6 Viking Jack (w)