We were made to wait until the last two races but the team scored a wonderful double on the Night Of Stars gala racecard on Saturday evening.
Clonbrien Hero scored our first winner on the night as he took the honours in the BoyleSports Night of Stars Open 550, despite not leading early like we have become accustomed to. A moderate break saw him midfield on the run up, accelerating into the opening turn he forced his way up the inside around the 1st bend, accelerating around the turn, he was soon in full control of the race. Cruising along the far side he soon opened up a three length lead where he stayed coming home in 29.62. Black Farren finished 6th in the race and didn’t look his usual self, he appeared to hit the inside running rail and has considerable bruising but hopefully nothing major. We’ll know more when the swelling subsides.
Sonic, so often the bridesmaid in Finals, claimed a big race win he and owner Mrs Marian Moloney thoroughly deserved. Going off a warm favourite he was soon in total control and never looked in trouble as he ran out a five and half length winner of the Track Bookmakers Night of Stars Open 600. It was a perfect performance from the seasoned professional who just absolutely loves the Shelbourne Park circuit
Elsewhere on the card, Droopys Cabaye was slowly into stride which cost him dearly, eventually running on for third in his Open 550. Riverside Bubble did nothing wrong in a tough puppy bitches open contest, finishing fifth. Newinn Trump, usually so smart from traps, missed the break in the Puppy Open Dog race but never gave up and finished fourth. Drive On Tipp tried his utmost went down in second place in the Open 575 by a length and half whilst Lughill Robbie, didn’t get opportunity to show his best form as he missed the break and found trouble, he finished fifth in the Open 525.
Sonic, Clonbrien Hero and Drive On Tipp will now, most probably, be on the easy list over the winter as they look to recharge the batteries ahead of the New Year.
A quick update on Garryvoe Bobby. Unfortunately he suffered an injury last week and has two chips in his hock after his last race in Shelbourne for which he’s had an operation to help repair (two screws) but at this stage we don’t know if he will race again. He’s currently convalescing in the house!