We’ve had some great night’s in racing and Saturday evening at Shelbourne ranks right up there, perhaps even number 1 on the list as we landed a historic 5 timer on the card including the biggest race of them all, the Irish Derby Final.
Lenson Bocko’s victory in the Derby Final was the second in a five race winning sequence for the team (report and media here) which had started with Blue East landing the inaugural running of the Michael Fortune Memorial Derby Plate. Blue East continued his brilliant run of form in recent weeks, producing another foot-perfect effort to claim the €5,000 prize for owner Larry O’Rourke. Breaking smartly and powering to the turn, Blue East (Droopy Jet/ Lemon Bolt) was on his way to victory early on. He flew from the inside box and quickly built a clear lead over his kennel companion Clonbrien Prince. Maintaining a tremendous gallop throughout, Blue East ran out a thoroughly deserving winner, crossing the line three parts of a length ahead of kennel mate Clonbrien Prince in a very quick 29.39.
Ballyhimikin Jet was a powerful winner of the BoyleSports Supporting Irish Sport 550 to give the team our third victory on the night. He produced a fine display to first reel in Great Eastern before going on to contain the late charge of Jaytee Taylor. Following the early leader round he showed superb back straight pace he drew alongside between the last two bends and quickly shot to the front before racing on to a wonderful two and a half length victory for owners John and Billy Dunne. He stopped the clock in 29.52.
The fourth of the five winners saw Slippy Cian produced an ultra impressive and professional display, returning from Derby exit disappointment as he dominated the Best Odds Guaranteed on the BoyleSports App 575. Appreciating the longer run to the turn, Slippy Cian was soon in control of the contest as he led into the opening turn and before long he was three lengths clear entering the back. Dromrich Altair gave chase in second but there was little he could do to stop the powerful tracker out in front. Slippy Cian, owned by the Mad As Hatters Syndicate, maintained a tremendous gallop to the line to eventually see off the gallant Dromrich Altair by three lengths in 31.03.
The five timer, and a memorable night, was completed with Lenson Blinder showing his brilliant best in BoyleSports App on Google App & Play Store 600. Despite taking a bump at boxes, Len and Pat Ponder’s charge was soon in control of the contest. The son of Crash and Global Liberty and brother to Slippy Cian, led Lemon Ozzy around the opening turn and was in cruising along effortlessly in front. Lemon Ozzy gave a gallant chase into the third turn, but Blinder is getting stronger with age and he powered up the straight to eventually come home two lengths to the good in a fast 32.20.