A few nice winners to report from the weekend, along with some of the team continuing their return to the track following their winter rests.
Riverside Storm got the weekend underway at Shelbourne on Saturday as she landed a competitive A3 contest with an impressive display. Flashing from traps she galloped along the far side. Turning for home she started to come under pressure but held on gamely to score in 29.03. Sunday saw us land no fewer than 3 winners, Timarua Walker got us off to a great start as he recorded an all the way success in the opening Sporting Press A1 / A2 550 Stake Semi-Final for owner James Carey. Ballydoyle Bee ran a fine race to land her Friends Of Clonmel Track Lotto Open 750 Semi-Final for owners B.Holder and J.Sheratt. She showed great middle gears to take control of the race before seeing out the 750yrds well.
The feature races of the evening were the Rural Hawaii @ Stud ON1 Unraced Stake Semi-Finals. Newinn Session produced another polished performance as he ran out a comprehensive victor of the opener in 28.64. The Simon Taylor owned pup led on the run up and pulled further clear, crossing the line thirteen lengths in front in a smart 28.64. The Austin Whelan owned Doolin Duke, litter brother of Newinn Session, ran out a comfortable winner of the second Rural Hawaii @ Stud ON1 Unraced Stake Semi-Final. Breaking well, he powered along the far side before coming home with three lengths to spare, recording a time of 28.77. The final race of the evening saw the team score a five timer when In The Genes land the Coolavanny Kennels/Magical Bale @ Stud Semi-Final for owners The In The Genes Syndicate.
The draw for the final of the Rural Hawaii @ Stud ON1 Unraced Stake Final: 1. Senahal Butch, 2. Serene Graduate, 3. Doolin Duke, 4. Doodles Again, 5. Newinn Session, 6. Gymstar Elusive
More of our team returned to track action, albeit it in the form of trials, as they continued their return from winter layoffs. Balldoyle Valor was sensational as he beat Lenson Austin by two lengths in a rapid 28.31. He hasn’t raced the Night of Stars but he looks to be returning even better than before rest. Ballyhimikin Jet was next fastest as he beat Clonbrien Prince by three lengths in 28.47. Lenson Blinder won his trial as he beat Clona Blaze by ten lengths in 28.50. Over the 350yrds trip, the unbeaten Newinn Taylor clocked a fast 18.60, Clonbrien Flash beat Blue East by two lengths in 18.89. before Murts Boher beat Cloughtaney Moon by ten lengths in 18.89.
On Saturday evening, Derby Champion Lenson Bocko followed up his recent sprint trial as he went again over the 350yrds, he stopped the clock in 18.67. Wolfe looked to be back to his very best as he beat Newinn Lester by 9 lengths in a rapid 28.11.