A huge weekend for the kennels started off well with four winners at Shelbourne on Thursday evening.
Cabra Simba recorded his first career success with a good front running performance. Leading the run up he stretched away to record a good four length victory. His litter brother, Cabra Miller, soon followed up with victory of his own. Showing good back straight pace to take up the running he held on to with the Hamilton Architects A5/A6 525 Final by a neck, in the process recording a good 28.98 winning time. The hat-trick was completed with Tolpuddle Mist in impressive fashion. Winning by seven and a half lengths she was never in danger after navigating her way the opening turns, she pulled away in impressive fashion to stop the clock in another good time of 28.90. Hovex Princess was also in the winners enclosure after her victory in the A2. Finding herself in contention early, she secured a clear passage at the opening turn before being able to set the pace along the back. Swinging for home she was under pressure but dug deep to hold on by a neck, recording 28.90.
Onto the weekend and we are hugely excited by the prospect of having three runners in the Dandelion Bar & Nightclub Easter Cup Final at Shelbourne. Sidarian Blaze, Coran Sky and Gaytime Hawk are all there on merit and all we can ask is it’s a clean run race so all the dogs get the best chance to show their true form. Coran Sky is the only unbeaten dog through the competition and has been a model of consistency for Patrick Crowley. Sidarian Blaze is Sidarian Blaze, representing The Sidarian Syndicate, he can do it both ways and is a big player in any race he lines up in. Gaytime Hawk joined us over the winter for owner Deirdre O’Connell and was an impressive winner recently in 28.23 so with any sort of run could be another with big opportunities.
We have 7 other runners on the evening as well so we’ll be kept busy all night! Calzaghe Clampet was a good 2nd last week and will appreciate the step up to the 550 trip in a good quality A1 contest. Hovex Prince is also stepping up to the 550 distance when lining up in the Sporting Press A2 550 Semi-Final and will relish this sort of distance, not an ideal trap draw, but with a clear run he’ll be a big player. Voodoo Rebel goes in the other Sporting Press A2 550 Semi-Final so will be looking to qualify for next week’s final. Warrior Gwen looks to recapture her best form in another top graded A1 race before Hooverville represents us in the Open 525. He’ll need secure a clear passage to show his true running but he’ll be stepping forward with every run following his winter break. Finally, Riverside Pat, who it was great to see win last week lines up in a very tough Open 575 in the last race of the night.
Down at Cork we have 3 runners in the Pat Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks Second Round. Rockburst Mills, impressive winner last week, lines up alongside Rural Maui in Heat 2 before Leeview Lady goes in Heat 4, also looking to follow up her opening round success.
To round off a big weekend of racing for us, we have 4 qualifiers in the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake Third Round. In the opening heat, Ballydoyle Honey will be looking to have a smoother ride than last week to show her real form before Cabra Mufasa lines up in Heat 2. He’ll need to reproduce his opening round winning run and break smartly to put himself in contention early. To round it up, Rackethall Royal and Rural Hawaii line up alongside together in Heat 4. Hawaii has shown a real liking for Limerick and will be looking to lead the run before being able to asset his dominance on the race. Royal can improve again and with a clear run will hopefully be pushing hard.
Good luck to all runners and owners over the weekend !