Lenson Bocko justified favouritism in his hot Irish Derby Semi Final to book his place in next week’s prestigious decider with a foot perfect display.

Lenson Bocko, owned by the Lochead-Ponder-Whelan Syndicate, continued his march through the competition as he produced a brilliant display of acceleration to dominate from trap rise. Powering to the opening turn and running a brilliant bend he had soon increased his lead to three lengths down the far side. Rounding the final two turns and coming home he never saw another rival on his way to a three and a half length victory in 29.32. Burts Moher departed the competition but has ran with real credit throughout. The second Semi Final saw Ballydoyle Valor just miss out on a qualifying spot as he finished 4th, beaten a head for that all important third place. He is another who has continued to show he is a dog with huge potential and ran superbly throughout the toughest competition in the sport.

Final Draw : 1 Kilmacdonagh, 2 Run Happy, 3 Mucky Brae, 4 Our Suprise, 5 Lenson Bocko, 6 Boylesports King

We claimed a brilliant double of the Michael Fortune Memorial Plate Semi Finals as Macaroon Cruz and Blue East won their respective contests. The Kevin Lees’ owned Macaroon Cruz benefited from trouble at the third turn as he was left with a nice passage to go through and land victory in the opener. He found himself in front and he duly went onto hit the line three and a half lengths to the good over Dromrich Antares in 29.91.

Blue East, owned by Larry O’Rourke’s, needed to break smartly and he duly obliged. Holding off the early challenge of Elite Black into the opening turns proved vital as this effectively won him the race. Closing the door at the opening turns, he forced the early challengers wide causing traffic for the remainder. Blue East was left clear and he went on to score by four and a half lengths in 29.59. Manuka Man ran on for second, whilst Clonbrien Prince claimed the final qualifying spot.

Final Draw : 1 Blue East, 2 Clonbrien Prince, 3 Manuka Man, 4 Macaroon Cruz, 5 Boleys Fella, 6 Dromwich Antares