Codd Keeps Wexford Flag Flying at Winter Festival

Harry Gough, trainer Diana Brady, John Cord and sponsor Plunkett Matthews and daughters Aoife and Anna with winning dog Allforthebest in Shelbourne Park on Saturday

All that is good about greyhound racing was on show at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night as the 2021 RCÉ Winter Racing Festival came to a conclusion. The entire thirteen race card was nothing short of sensational.

Allforthebest, owned by the John Codd led H-D-J Syndicate, Wexford, ran out a brilliant winner of the €5,000 Townview Kennels Open 600.

Allforthebest was always destined to be a star over 600yds. A greyhound with the early zip to race prominently on the long run to the bend, the back straight pace to match any in training, and the power to see out every inch of the testing trip.

Allforthebest was briefly in front on the turn but he was clipped from behind by Russian Glory, who had flown into the bend to challenge.

Those in the middle of the track also found traffic and Fast Fit Paddy, who was already close to the pace on the inside, was left in front with Ballymac Wild second. Importantly, Allforthebest quickly recovered to turn third.

This set up another thrilling finish. Fast Fit Paddy displayed fine back straight dash to contain both Ballymac Wild and Allforthebest but things were starting to tighten up. Beach Avenue also made a move from the back of the field to enter the picture but he ultimately had too much on his plate.

Instead, Allforthebest moved second early in the home straight before grinding down the leader’s advantage. Taking charge inside the final fifty yards, Allforthebest ran out a deserving length and a half scorer in 32.42. Fast Fit Paddy ran a massive race in second while the luckless Beach Avenue was just a neck away in third.

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