The second round of the Boylesports Derby concluded at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium on Saturday night with a Laois trained greyhound featuring.
After disappointing in the opening round, Deadly Destroyer bounced back to something near his very best.
He went on to win heat 16 for Timahoe trainer Karol Ramsbottom.
His task was made somewhat easier when his rivals clashed at the opening bend but the son of Droopys Jet and Cruel Intentions was already a certain scorer when setting the pace.
Rural Star emerged from the pack to go second but Deadly Destroyer was in a different parish, and he maintained a relentless gallop throughout to eventually win by ten lengths in 29.56.
Trap Joey ran on strongly to take second while Rural Star was another length adrift in third. The sponsors make him a 12-1 for Derby success.
The €125,000 to the winner BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby reaches its third round stage at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.