We were the length of Ireland on Friday evening with runners at Dundalk and Youghal, where we were contesting the opening rounds of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint and the Southern Oaks.

Up at Dundalk we didn’t score any winners but we did progress into the next stage, which is what the early rounds are all about. Amazing Dude went down by a neck when finishing 2nd in Heat 2, Bellside Jon was back in 4th spot in the same heat. Vans Viking qualified in Heat 5 when finishing 3rd. There was no joy for Charming King as he finished 5th in Heat 4.

Down at Youghal we had a bit more success with a couple of winners on the night. Skywalker Pearl trapped well and showed great early pace to get clear early before staying on to win by three lengths in the fastest of the opening heats, 28.87. Sidarian Nell’s (Formerly Rising Pearl) victory mirrored Pearl’s, showing good early speed she led round the opening turn and led all the way. Winning by two and three quarters, she stopped the clock in 29.08. In Heat 4, Hovex Princess was badly baulked at the opening turn and looked to be facing the exit door. Even round the final turns she looked in trouble but running on strongly she grabbed the 3rd qualifying spot and moves in to next week’s Semi Finals. Unfortunately the draw hasn’t been kind to us and we find ourselves with all 3 in the same race!

FFK Southern Oaks Semi Final