It was another busy weekend for the team with runners at Shelbourne, Limerick and over in the UK, at Perry Barr.
We had two heat winners, along with seven more qualifiers, at Limerick in the Friends Of Limerick Irish St Leger 550 opening round. Wolfe was and impressive six length victor in Heat 5. He broke level and led on the run up, extending his lead along the back straight he eventually ran out a facile winner by six lengths in 29.49. The final heat was a great buckle as Ballydoyle Valor just edged out kennel mate Totos Park in a thrilling finish. Both gave there all and were only separated by a neck on the line, with third place Jirano Classic only a head further back again. Valor clocked 30.03 as he landed victory. The draw was made after racing and our runners are as follows:
Heat 2 – Murts Boher, Patterdale Greg, Run Happy, Clonbrien Prince, Mean Beauty, Power Cut
Heat 3 – Priceless Blake, Wolfe, Herecomesdahoney, Newinn Hero, Totos Park, Caulry River
Heat 5 – Ballydoyle Valor, Toems Lad, Music Toour Ears, Lenson Austin, Arclight Rumble, Cash Is King
Heat 6 – Timmys Act, Clona Star, Southfield Code, Cabra Ava, Laughil Josh, Clearly Written
At Shelbourne, Newinn Taylor making his racing debut, beat a strong field in the Talkings Dogs Open 525. Breaking level he showed great early pace to lead at the opening turn. He built up a nice lead as he raced clear into the final turns and despite coming back slightly on the run in, still had three quarters of a length to spare as he crossed the line in 28.74.
We also had two runners at Perry Barr for the opening round of the English St Leger. Lenson Blinder had a rough ride where he was fought and knocked over at the final turns when sitting in 2nd place. Riverside Honey fared better in her heat, despite checking at the sough slightly, she ran on strongly but just couldn’t quite get to the early leader in the shadow of the posts getting beat a short head but still qualifying.
In a trial before racing at Limerick, Irish Derby Winner, Lenson Bocko recorded 18.74 in his first workout since landing Derby glory in September.