All roads lead to the Clonmel Festival next weekend and we’ll be heavily represented during the course of the weekend following progression from the various stakes by our charges.
Thursday at Clonmel saw Riverside Blacky progress to the Final of the Zero Ten @ Stud/T.S.C. A3/A4 Bitch Stake Final after she finished a close runner up in her Semi Final contest. Rural Hawaii followed up a solid win last week when cruising to a 10 length victory in the The Red Mills/T.S.C. Open Unraced Plate Semi-Final. Skewing from traps rise again, he soon hit the front entering the first turn. Opening up along the back he showed brilliant pace to power into a commanding lead and was never stopping, crossing the line in a good 28.66 calc. Warrior Gwen was also an impressive winner, crossing the line over 5 lengths to the good in the Boylesports Hero @ Stud A1/A2 Puppy 525 Semi-Final. Showing good track craft she took up the running at the 3rd turn and powered home to victory. In the second Semi Final, Cabra Mufasa finished third after trouble at the opening turn and also progresses to next week’s Final. Leeview Lady progressed to the weekend’s Suirview Kennels Open Bitch Stake Final after finishing runner up in her Semi Final.
As well as Clonmel, we had runners at Shelbourne on Thursday evening. Hovex Princess showed plenty of promise when going down by just under a length in her debut race. Rural Maui showed great battling quality to get grab the win by three quarters of a length in an A3 contest. Going to College also showed he won’t be long winning when going finishing 2nd by a length. Silverhill Lucy returned to winning ways when running on strong to take the A3 550 contest.
Saturday saw us head to Shelbourne again, with representatives in the est Car Parks Gold Cup. Clares Wonder, in fine form, had to work hard for the win. Leading around the bottom two bends he powered away to record the win by 4 lengths in a brilliant 28.27. Elevenerife qualified for the next round when finishing in third spot in his heat before Vans Viking got collared on the line after leading everywhere, he still progresses to next week’s second round and will improve for the run.
Finally, both Ballydoyle Honey and Riverside Gold will line up in the prestigious The Red Mills/T.S.C. Open Unraced Stake Stake Final after a superb 1-2 effort which saw Honey swoop late on to take victory, catching Gold on the run in. Breaking in the pack Riverside Gold showed good early and back straight pace to set the tempo, coming round the last two bends it was Ballydoyle Honey who was picking up momentum. Running out wide off the final turn she powered home to lead the 1-2 for the kennels.