Saturday evening at Shelbourne capped a wonderful March, and start to the year, for all at the kennels and is real testament to the hard work put in by all the team, not to mention the support from the owners.
The beginning of the month started off well with Sidarian Vega taking the honors in the GMHD Juvenile at Tralee, before Sidarian Blaze the took honors in the Dandelion Nightclub Easter Cup at Shelbourne. The end of the month drew to a close on a similar high, with 7 winners, in one meeting at Shelbourne!
Rackethall Royal started things off nicely when getting up in the shadow of the posts to record his 2nd career win in the Hamilton Architects A2 525 Semi-Final. He reeled in the long time leader to record a good 28.82. Tolpuddle Mist, who was so impressive last week, was made to work hard for her victory in the www.QUICKPARK.ie A2 525 Semi-Final. Turning second down the far side she outstayed the early leader, taking up the running at 3/4 and going on to score in a very good 28.65.
Rural Maui, litter sister of the impressive Limerick Winner Rural Hawaii, then won the opening Fundraising Nights in Shelbourne Park A1 Semi-Final. Showing good trapping and early pace she was on the premises early. Cruising along in front she went on to record another good time, stopping the clock in 28.60. The very next race saw us in the winners enclosure again, this time Warrior Gwen led all in the second Fundraising Nights in Shelbourne Park A1 Semi-Final, on her way to a three length victory in 28.86.
The Andys Run A1 550 was won by Hooverville. Managing to avoid any trouble on the run up he had paced up well to lead the inside. Running a good bend he got up the inside of the early leader and then showed big back straight pace to take control. Staying on well he stopped the clock in 29.94 and won by three and a half lengths. Ballydoyle Honey recorded a brilliant eight length victory in a top class Boylesports.com Open 525. Edging right from boxes she led up but looked to have been passed on the inside at the opening turn. Straightening up out the second bend she showed brilliant back straight speed to open up a comfortable lead. She was relentless as she kept pulling and roared across the line in a superb 28.39.
The night was topped off wonderfully with Riverside Pat powering to victory in Dandelion Bar & Nightclub Open 550. A level break saw the field pace up together, edging closer to the opening bend Pat began to assert and took hold of race around the first turn. Down the far side he stretched the lead to a good three to four lengths before running on strongly to take the win in 29.92 by two and a half lengths.
A truly brilliant nights racing!