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Greyhounds: Hero new jolly for Irish Laurels.

Byline: MICHAEL FORTUNE

SUPERHODS HERO is the new favourite for the Cashmans Bookmakers Irish Laurels after a superb performance in Saturday's quarter-finals at Cork, when he went within six spots of the track record.

Combined with another unconvincing winning performance from Tyrur Ted, it served to see the sponsors quoting Ian Reilly's dog as their 5-2 favourite to win the Classic.

Tyrur Ted remains at 3-1, while another Reilly runner, Hee Haws Cantona, is on the 11-2 mark, with Student Pass at 6-1 and Goblet Of Fire at 8s.

Incredibly though, the five favourites have been drawn together in a horrific second semi-final where survival will be very much the password next Saturday.

Superhods Hero had given a preview of his talents with a memorable performance on Derby final night at Shelbourne and has really blossomed at Cork.

Inclined to be very unganely from traps, Superhods made a tidy enough start on Saturday to track Goblet Of Fire into the opening bend. His huge pace carried him to a third-bend lead and he then powered clear for a five-length victory over Goblet Of Fire in a sizzling 28.14sec.

PJ Fahy's Tyrur Ted hasn't looked the same powerhouse we had come to know since his first bend clash in the Champion Stakes final back in Au - gust. It is a measure of the huge standards he had set that he can be termed as running below top form and yet be undefeated after three rounds of the Laurels!

On Saturday it looked as if the old Tyrur Ted had turned up when he headed Cleave Hill before the first bend and went clear off the second bend. But then Deerfield Mover started to motor and he almost caught the wide-running Tyrur Ted, the photo showing that Paul Hennessy's dog had prevailed by a short-head in 28.40sec, with Cleave Hill five-and-a-half lengths adrift in third.

The second heat saw four dogs battling it out for much of the way. Ballymac Floss led, but was headed by Student Pass at the bend where Hee Haws Cantona moved up to challenge.

Deejay Ninetysix then challenged the front pair down the back. Owen McKenna's Student Pass was brave as he held off all challenges and won by three-parts-of-a-length from Ballymac Floss in 28.43sec. It was then two lengths to Hee Haws Cantona in third.

The last of the qualifiers went to the Ray Flemingtrained final Show Down who finished strongly to beat Knockna Kirka by a lengthand-a-half in 28.85sec.

n Semi-final draw: Heat 1: 1 Cleave Hill, 2 Vancouver Sparky, 3 Final Show Down, 4 Ballymac Floss, 5 Costly Flight, 6 Deer field Mover.

Heat 2: 1 Superhods Hero, 2 Goblet Of Fire, 3 Hee Haws Cantona, 4 Tyrur Ted, 5 Student Pass, 6 Knockna Kirka.

BETTING

Cashmans: 5-2 Superhods Hero, 3 Tyrur Ted, 11-2 Hee Haws Cantona, 6 Student Pass, 8 Goblet Of Fire, Ballymac Floss, 12 Vancouver Spark, 20 Deerfield Mover, 33 Cleave Hill, 50 Costly Flight, 66 Knockna Kirka, Final Show Down.

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Tyrur Ted Unconvincing; Ian Reilly Trains new Laurels favourite
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2005
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