1989 Irish Greyhound Derby
|1989 Respond Irish Greyhound Derby|
|End date||16 September|
|Total prize money||£30,000 (winner)|
At Shelbourne, 16 September (over 550 yards):
|1st||Manorville Magic||Manorville Sand - Black Vision||6||1-1f||30.53||Paddy Doran|
|2nd||Macs Lock||Quare Rocket - Killetra Queen||1||6-1||30.54|
|3rd||Attractive Son||Very Attractive - Ballinamona Mum||3||7-1||30.57||Ger McKenna|
|4th||Yes Speedy||Curryhills Fox - Yes Mam||2||7-1||30.59||John 'Ginger' McGee Sr.|
|5th||Glenhill Jack||Oran Jack - Disco Clare||5||16-1||30.60|
|6th||Dereen Star||Moral Support - Summer Crab||4||4-1||30.87||Matt O'Donnell|
short-head, neck, head, short-head, 3¼ (lengths)
The event was to feature a bizarre points system qualification, similar to the way the United States racing was held. It did not go down well with the racing public leaving punters bemused by the idea that greyhounds would qualify for the final on points. The points system lacked clarity with 15 points going down to one point being awarded to the finishing order in round one. All of the greyhounds then lined up in round two with the points system repeated. After round two the best 18 would contest the semi-finals which would be run over two rounds and then the top six would make the final.
The 1989 English Greyhound Derby champion Lartigue Note was the ante-post favourite but would face stiff opposition from 1988 Irish Greyhound Derby finalist Manorville Magic and Scottish Greyhound Derby champion Airmount Grand. The competition received a blow before it had even started when Lartigue Note who was trialing in preparation for the first round broke a hock and had to be retired.
Runs to note in the early rounds were Graciously's 30.09, just three spots off the track record but he did not accrue enough points to make the semi-finals. Manorville Magic and Airmount Grand both won twice before the semi-finals but the latter failed to gain enough points for a final place. In the two semi-finals Manorville Magic, Dereen Star and Attractive Son both gained double victories and led the points on 32. Yes Speedy was next with 28 and Glenhill Jack with 25 leaving one place available. Irish Sprint Cup champion Macs Lock and Deenside Spark both finished with 26 points, the former getting a final place by virtue of a faster time.
In the final Macs Lock led the race pursued closely by the field, Attractive Son challenged with Yes Speedy and Dereen Star still in contention. Then Manorville Magic came from fifth place to overtake the field and the leader Macs Lock by a short head with just one length covering the first five in a very competitive final.
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