It promised to be a busy weekend and it didn’t disappoint as the team sent out a number of winners at Clonmel, Shelbourne and Thurles to report back on.
Friday evening saw us head to Clonmel and Shelbourne. At Clonmel, having starred a week earlier, Newinn Session and Newinn Taylor were both foot perfect in their respective Larry O’Rourke National Produce Stakes Heats, as was the very impressive Doolin Duke who led home kennel mate Rathcoole Fox for a fine 1-2 in their contest. Doolin Duke, who had ran so well in defeat last week, got the team off to the perfect start as produced another top drawer showing here to see off kennel mate Rathcoole Fox in 28.46. A good buckle on the run to the first turn saw Duke gain the upper hand on the early leader round the opening turns before building up his winning advantage along the back, staying on well Fox gave chase but couldn’t cut into the lead as he ran out a two length winner. This was quickly followed up where Newinn Session extended his career record to 6 wins in 6 starts as he produced a scintillating display of all round pace to pull away to a comprehensive victory, stopping the clock in a superb, round best, 28.15. The third quarter final contest saw Newinn Taylor extend his unbeaten record to 10 wins in 10 starts as he landed the next heat with another polished performance. Not quite as sharp at traps as usual, he outpaced his rivals to the corner before showing big back straight pace, he came home in front in 28.38. Romeo Speedy was our 5th qualifier as he finished 3rd in the last Quarter Final contest.
Alongside Clonmel, we sent a young team to Shelbourne where they were contesting the Salute To Our Industry Open Unraced 525, a stake full of future stars. Coonough Padge and Gaytime Milo both produced fine performances to land a double in the heats. In his Heat, Coonough Padge led early before showing great determination to hold off the sustained challenge in behind him, he recorded a short head victory in 28.58. Gaytime Milo led home kennel mate, Riverside Sonic, in their heat with Milo showing strong back straight pace to go past Sonic before going on to a four length success in 28.49. The hat-trick was completed on the night as Feudel Spirit ran a nice race in the lucky last as he ran out a three length winner in a quick 28.44 landing the The Barking Buzz App A0 525.
On to Saturday at Thurles where Riverside Leo continued his superb run of form, producing a superb display of early pace to land the spoils. Breaking well enough he showed great early speed to grab an early advantage. Extending his advantage to four lengths along the back and turning for home, despite the chasers closing slightly, he stayed on to win by two lengths in a quick 28.57. Clona Blaze was another qualifier as he finished 3rd in Heat 3.
Finally, at Shelbourne on Saturday, there was a star-studded cast on show as the Corn Cuchulainn and Boylesports Champion Stakes got underway. We landed a brilliant four timer on the night with some displays of the highest order. Sweep the Yard got us off to a good start as he ran out a swift winner of his A1 contest. Leading at the opening turn, he soon opened up along the far side before powering home to a four length success in a rapid 28.23. Lenson Blinder produced a foot perfect display as he justified favouritism in the opening Corn Cuchulainn heat. Flashing from traps he was never in any real danger as he galloped freely to a four length victory in a very decent 41.50. Kennel mate Slippery Jade was back in third. This was Blinder’s 21st career success, a phenomenal record having run at the very top level throughout his career.
Ballyhimikin Jet followed up his brilliant display last week with another superb performance here. Breaking level he powered to the opening bend, maintaining a relentless gallop throughout he kept on to a deserving four length victory in 29.55. Lenson Bocko, making his first competitive start since last seen winning on the Night Of Stars, looked as good as ever as he raced to brilliant victory in the Third Heat. Breaking smartly he cleared the inside runners into the opening turn, with the talented Ballmac Anton giving chase in second Bocko couldn’t rest on his laurels. Maintaining a fine gallop throughout he came home a length to the good in 29.56. A great return to racing for the Derby champion.
Final Draw : 1. Ballymac Wild, 2. Ballymac Anton, 3. Pestana, 4. Ballyhimikin Jet, 5. Lenson Bocko, 6. Ballymac Cooper