Lucy off the mark at Limerick

Lucy Roche and grandfather James with Hazellhill Fawn at Limerick Stadium.

LUCY Roche became one of the youngest winning greyhound trainers in Ireland when Hazelhill Fawn won at Limerick.

The 18 year old Lucy only recently took over from her grandfather James at Lurriga Kennels in Cappagh.

Owned by Michael O’Connell of Askeaton, Hazlehill Fawn won the Joe Mescall Construction ON 525 by four lengths in a time of 28.75.

He was retuned at odds of 5/2.

Lucy quickly followed up with another winner – Jebell All Paddy – at Tralee’s Kingdom Stadium.

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Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the Є150,000 Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Stake will take place on Saturday from 7.40pm onwards.

Semi-Final One: 1 – Romeo Kingpin (Killeedy), 2 – Ballymac Patriot (Mungret St Paul’s LGFA), 3 – In Good Time (St Patrick’s), 4 – Barefoot on Fire (Oola), 5 – Epic Chick (Gerald Griffin’s), 6 – Knockeen Dazzler (Mountcollins).

Semi-Final Two: 1 – Scooby Pacemaker (Patrickswell Camogie), 2 – Merits Inclusion (Cappamore Camogie), 3 – Feshtys Mo (St Kieran’s), 4 – Radical Harry (Dromin-Athlacca), 5 – Faypoint Seán (Croagh-Kilfinny), 6 – Phoenix Tyson (Ahane).

The final is on April 20.

Last year’s winner Clonbrien Hero, meanwhile, followed up with a stunning victory in the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park at the weekend.

He is owned by the Murphy family of Athlacca, and trained by two-time Kirby winner Graham Holland of Riverside Kennels in Golden, County Tipperary.

On Friday, Limerick hosted the National Greyhound Racing Awards Ceremony.

Here the Hall of Fame 2023 winner is the late Denis O’Malley of Drombanna, who was be represented by his wife Carmel and family.