Derry Greyhounds: Runalong Ruby hands over to Boherna Rio
The star race of Monday night’s race at Brandywell was race three, the Runalong Ruby Retirement Trophy Race sponsored by Juliet Aldridge and Vincent McGuinness.
It was a double celebration for Ruby as she was celebrating both her retirement and her 5th birthday.
Runalong Ruby (Droopys Jet x Scotties Girl, July 2017) was bought as a gift for Juliet by Vincent when she was just starting her racing career in 2018. Juliet had owned Ruby’s mother Scotties Girl at one time and she had reached the final of the Longford Derby in 2013, so Juliette really wanted to have a baby girl to carry on her legacy and Ruby was the perfect gift.
But it wasn’t until 2019 that Ruby won her first race and then she had a sensational year winning 9 races and the title of “Bitch with most wins at Brandywell, 2019”.
While still having the zest for the thrill of the chase and picking up 11 wins out of her 49 races, Juliet decided to retire Ruby on her 5th birthday. We wish him a long and happy retirement at home with Juliette and Vincent.
As a career came to an end, it was only fitting that the winner of the Runalong Ruby Retirement Race was a novice having his very first race and what a tremendous victory it was to launch his career. Boherna Rio (Pat C Sabbath x Boherna Liz, Nov 2019) had two eye-catching tries on her card, 29.48 at Kilkenny and 16.75 at Brandywell.
Rodger Hegarty with Deeneys Delight who won the fifth race.
Rio easily converted her promising tries into a huge 10-length win from Trap 1 in 16.82 for her owners Charles Coyle and Hugh Harley. And if Rio follows Ruby’s paw prints, many more victories are sure to follow.
The Greyhound Data Sprint was the first race on Monday’s schedule and it was won by Shrewd Sapphire (Droopys Sydney x Shrewd Clover, Dec 20) for Ryan McFlynn in 17.04. Sapphire, starting from trap 2, had about 3 lengths to make up on early leader Tullys Best as they exited turn two, but she continued to run hard outside of Best on the straight to seal the victory. a short head.
Sapphire shares the same dam as super sprinter Shrewd Call who held the sprint track record at Towcester and won the 2020 Silver Salver at Central Park, so she has some big boots to fill. His career will generate a lot of interest given his excellent pedigree.
Adrian McGarry’s new rookie Ring The Best (Ballymac Best x Ring Percilla, Dec 2020) won the second race in 17.14 and earned his first career success on just his third start. Running from trap 3, she won by 3.5 lengths from Old Ford Vegas. Best is the first pup from this young 2020 litter from Ring Percilla to claim a win and should progress well with age and experience.
Run four was won by Ardfert Spark of Oliver Canavan (Kinloch Brae x Carmac Luna, July 20) clocking 29.33 for 525 yards. Although he was slow away from Trap 1, he showed good pace to take the lead, running well to fend off the late Do It Stevie challenge by 1.5 lengths.
Spark had 3 wins at Tralee on his card before moving to Oliver’s kennel and this is his first win at the Brandywell circuit on his fourth attempt. He also won O’Neill’s dog food bag sponsored by Andrew O’Neill.
Deeneys Delight (Droopys Roddick x Burma Milly, Jan. 20) was perfect on the fifth rush which also topped 525 yards in 29.59 for Rodger Hegarty. Tied with Trap 1, he took advantage of his inside advantage in the run to the first corner and ran well to hold off Rusty The Red who remained on the straight. Deeney now has a good strike rate of 4 wins in 16 carries.
Enda O’Goan with Bashful Jess who won race six.
Master Enda O’Goan was delighted to see his father Eamon’s dog, Bashful Jess (Ardnasool Jet x Glenbowen Jewel, August ’20) win the sixth race on the program.
Starting from Trap 1, she had ground to catch the early leaders but relished the endurance test over the 500 meters and raced well to win by 4.5 lengths over Rahyvira Spice in 28.27. It was her first career success on her sixth attempt and she is open to more improvement with age and experience.
The last race saw Juliet Aldridge and Vincent McGuinness’s Snipe Drum (Laughil Blake x Colorado April 20 June) mark his authority as a sprinter by falling back after a few good runs over 500 metres.
A reputedly fast trapper, he maintained his reputation by coming out of box 2 smartly and despite stiff competition from Cillians Jet, he clocked a time of 16.74 which was the best time of the night. Although Runalong Ruby has retired, this young dog appears to be picking up many more victories for Juliet and Vincent kennels. He currently ranks second in this year’s Brandywell rankings for ‘dog with the most wins’.
Dundalk International July 12, 2022
Dundalk International’s prestigious annual greyhound racing meeting took place on Tuesday evening with outstanding performances from dogs we saw at Brandywell.
Raymond Hamilton Jnr of Derry City won the Boylesports Derby Trial Stake over 550m with Gaytime Nina (Droopys Sydney x Gaytime Derval, July ’20) in 30.00 and she is another very useful recruit for his kennel alongside Droopys Nextone who was third in Ireland Oaks recently. Nina had recorded 16.73 on a 300-yard try at Brandywell before her win on Tuesday.
Duggies Elle (Droopys Sydney x Lithuanian Paula, Sep 2019) won the Avenue Inn & Off Sales A1 575 yards in 31.13 for Catherine Callaghan. She was runner up in the 2021 TT Thermal Insulation Contractors & Magical Bale Oaks at Brandywell behind Canada Goose who broke the track record in the final. Hopefully we’ll see Elle back in Brandywell to play the Oaks again in August.
Runalong Ruby who was celebrating her retirement and her 5 years at Brandywell.
The Dorotas Wildcat at the Stud Open 900 won the top prize of €1,000 and was won by Nigel McGarry’s Flying Honors (Ballymac Eske x Designer, Apr ’20) in 49.87. This dog won his previous race at Brandywell a fortnight ago and his ‘turbo finish’ was noted over the 700 metres. We repeat what we printed 2 weeks ago.
“Flying Honors is a very exciting marathon dog who has emerged on the scene and since Nigel is no stranger to running hundreds of miles with his greyhounds, we can expect to see this lad competing in marathons in Ireland. He is one to watch when the Shelbourne Marathon begins in December.
His thrilling finish on Tuesday against top class Roxholme Kirstof over the 900 yards at Dundalk puts him among the top marathon dogs currently on the scene.