Greyhounds: By rnes at the double in Dundalk.
HAVING turned out Ronans Delight to win the valuable TRF Open 525 at Shelbourne towards the end of the year, trainer Tony Byrne collected another major prize when Prince Monalulu was in sensational form in Friday's Guinness Open 670 final at Dundalk, writes Michael Fortune. Having reached the decider unbeaten, Prince Monalulu went off the 6-4 favourite to win it, and he never gave his supporters an anxious moment. In control throughout, he ran out a two-and-a-half length winner of the EUR15,000 prize when clocking a brilliant 36.47sec, an improvement of 28 spots on the old record set by last year's winner Air Force Honcho.
This was a ninth career success for Prince Monalulu from only 16 races and he now has the valuable Vodafone Corn Cuchulainn as his main target. The Dermot Sweeney-owned dog has had his injury problems and his training is basically restricted to walking.
T rainer Byrne, commenting on the son of Jamaican Hero and Droopys Princess, said yesterday: ``We had to keep him on the lead all last week, but we did a lot of walking with him. I don't think we'll go for the Red Mills Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar, we'll probably run him in the Ladbrokes 600. But I really see him as a 750-yard dog and the Corn Cuchulainn is his target.''
Byrne, of course, has a very useful representative for the Cesarewitch in the Michael Ryanowned Ronans Delight.
The Cesarewitch this year will have a winner's prize of EUR20,000 and gets under way at Mullingar on March 3, with the final on Sunday, March 27. As an incentive, a sum of EUR200 will be paid per trip for each trainer coming from England for the event.
n EASTPARK BUTCHwas the runaway winner of the Ladbrokes Puppy 550 final at Harold's Cross on Friday night.
Trained by Martin Lanney for Con McCarthy, Eastpark Butch broke fast and led all the way for an eight-length verdict over Forest Ranger in 30.34sec. The favourite Farloe Hero, in trouble at the start, kept on to finish a head third.
Also on the card was the final of the HX 750 and this saw the Peter Kealy and David Fennelly owned Rhonas Fancy race to a length-and-a-half victory over Holborn Emma in 42.83sec.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 6, 2005|
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