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Farley Turbo charges to Leger success

Updated: Sunday, 19 Dec 2010 14:36

Owen McKenna's Farley Turbo claimed the first St Leger to be staged at the new Limerick Stadium
Owen McKenna's Farley Turbo claimed the first St Leger to be staged at the new Limerick Stadium

The Owen McKenna trained Farley Turbo continued the great association of the McKenna clan of Borrisokane with the Irish St Leger when he produced a stunning performance to win the first Classic to be run at the new state of the art Greenpark Greyhound Stadium in Limerick on Saturday night.

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The powerful tracker hadn’t produced his best breaks in the previous rounds but, when it mattered most, he rediscovered his trapping boots in the most sensational style.

Disputing the early lead with Hare Mack, Paul Ellis’ dog asserted his superiority at the opening bend before careering away to a wide-margin success in a brilliant 29.57.

It was fitting that the McKenna dynasty would be associated with the first Leger winner at the new track as Owen’s father, Ger, had won the Classic on no fewer than 13 occasions at the old Markets Field venue, while Owen himself had won it previously with Lughill Jo, in 2007.

The winner is likely to be left off for the remainder of the winter, with a return to Shelbourne Park for the Easter Cup set to be his starting point in 2011.