Thursday saw the start of the premier unraced stake in Ireland kick off and this year it has been very kindly sponsored by the O’Dwyer family, owners of our own Derby Champion, Rural Hawaii. The opening round of Rural Hawaii @ Stud Open Unraced Stake was packed throughout with quality as you’d expect for this prestigious event.
Rather fittingly, it was Rural Hawaii’s half brother who claimed success in the opening heat. Rural Brae (Kinloch Brae / Duck Fat) broke fast and led early to record an impressive ten and a half length victory, stopping the clock in 28.82 it was a great run for a novice youngster.
There was trouble from the outset for Hovex Ned in the second heat, as he got baulked on the run up and opening turns, he got no sort of opportunity to show his potential with any sort of clear run. Slippery Robin ran a good race in defeat in Heat 3 as he dead-heated for 2nd place whilst Riverside Tiger showed good speed in behind the early leaders in Heat 6.
Rural Aloha ran out a superb winner in Heat 7, another of the Kinloch Brae x Duck Fat litter and half sister to Rural Hawaii, she broke well and led early. Opening up a small advantage along the far side she was pushed to the line as she won by half a length in 29.14.
On to Saturday evening at Shelbourne, and we sent a couple to contest the Best Car Parks Gold Cup. In the penultimate Heat, Fantasy Joey showed brilliant early pace in to the bend, building a good lead along the far side he showed no signs of stopping round the final turns. He maintained his strong pace to come home five lengths in front in a good 28.64. Our other representative, Macaroon Towser hit trouble at the opening turn and could make no impression in a messy Heat 6.