The team sent out two Larry O’Rourke National Produce Stakes Finalists on Sunday evening at Clonmel where Blue East and Nice Charmer booked their spot in next week’s showpiece final.
The First Semi Final saw us represented with three runners as Nice Charmer, Macaroon Cruz and Pearls Product all lined up. It was Nice Charmer who took the 3rd qualifying spot here as he ran on well to grab his place in the Final for owner Anne O’Connor. He’s been consistent throughout the competition and has made the final on merit.
The Second Semi, again, saw us lead three runners to the traps with Blue East, Rural Brae and Macaroon Towser looking to qualify. Blue East, owned by Larry O’Rourke, justified favouritism here but was made to work hard for it as he missed the break early before showing brilliant back straight pace to put him in contention hitting the final turns. Edging ever closer he grabbed the lead before being challenged himself on the run in, holding on to record victory by a neck in 28.62.
The draw for the Final took place after racing and can be viewed below the videos of Sunday’s action.