There was a Wexford winner of the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park tonight when Ballyanne Sim, (backed from 20/1 in the morning to 12/1 at the off) took the €140,000 premier championship for former Wexford inter-county hurler, Eamon Cleary, formerly of Ballyanne, New Ross.
Drawn in trap one, Ballyanne Sim broke smartly into the lead and he held on gamely to the line in the fastest time (29.28) for an Irish Derby since the race was first run in 1932.
Trained at Athy, Co. Kildare, by James Robinson, who was winning the race for the first time, the son of Confident Rankin and Freedom Shadow, who had won eight of his 20 races before the final, is the first winner from trap one in 13 years.
Speaking on WexfordToday.com during the week, his owner was very bullish about his chances.
“He won a few 525 races and showed me enough to run in the Produce Stakes. He got to the final of that but got trap five so his final was over before it began. Ran him in a stake in Shelbourne after that and won the final in 28.43. The Derby draw was the following week so put him in it.
“Wasn’t very hopeful as I thought he wouldn’t stay but he has so much early it helps him there. I believe we have a serious chance on Saturday night.”
And the Rathgarogue-Cusinstown man, now residing in Kildare, and played both senior hurling and football with Wexford, winning an All-Star in 1989, believed in his champion and it is a well deserved success for Eamon.
He is no stranger to success in horse racing having bred that great mare, Annie Power.
BALLYANNE SIM is our 2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby winner in 29.28.Celebrations all round for his connections #BoyleSportsIGD #GoGreyhoundRacing
Posted by Irish Greyhound Board on Saturday, September 22, 2018