The team sent out an incredible eight winners, five of which were heats of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup, on a great night for the kennels at Shelbourne Park on Saturday evening.
We started well with Rural Aloha producing a strong finish to land the opening contest over 600yrds. Tracking the early leaders nicely she went through the gears along the far side before challenging and forging to the front round the third and fourth turns. She went on to win by two lengths in 32.46. Clona Dream was next into the winners enclosure as she ran out a two length victor in a quick 28.35.
Onto the Ladbrokes Easter Cup heats and the start of some sensational runs. Clonbrien Prince contested the third heat but was narrowly edged out, by the shortest of short heads, in a real thriller with Derby Runner-Up, Magical Bale. A fine performance in defeat. Heat 4 saw Slippy Cian follow up last week’s victory with a dominating performance here. Turning second to Derby champion, Ballyanne Sim, he showed brute back straight pace to take control entering the third turns. He continued to pull clear and crossed the line three and a half lengths in 29.47. Lenson Blinder, making his competitive return from a winters rest, landed Heat 5 with another fine performance. Trapping well he led into the opening turns and was never for catching as he cruised round to a length victory in 29.47 – matching the time of his litter brother Slippy Cian.
Nice Charmer bought up the hat trick of Heat winners when he landed Heat 6. Leading from the front, he was able to shut the door on challengers at crucial points to ensure he ran out victorious, stopping the clock in another good time of 29.56. The winners kept coming and Clona Blaze landed Heat 7 with a performance that showed determination and a will to win. Following the early leaders along the far side Blaze took the lead up into the third turn, fortunately missing crowding at the turn he took full advantage, pulling away to a five and a half length victory from kennel mate, Beaming Paradise, in 29.49.
Despite a sluggish start in Heat 8, Wolfe showed great track craft and pace to force his way to the front into the opening bend. Challenged all the way and overcoming bumping around the final turn, Wolfe went on to win by a length in 29.77 to give us the fabulous five timer in the heats of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup. The draw for the Second Round has thrown up some mouth watering battles, and unfortunately for us, sees four of our team in the final heat. The full card can be viewed by clicking this link. The incredible evening was completed when Good Karma landed the finale with a comprehensive victory by three lengths in a superb 31.06 for the 575 yards trip. Hitting the front at the third turn, this powerful son of Ballydoyle Honey eased away to land the win.