The weekend had started in great fashion with a Rockburst double at Shelbourne Park on Thursday evening. The youngster, Rockburst Louis started things off when scoring in promising fashion when taking up the lead at the third bend and going on to record a decent 28.95. This was followed up in superb style with Rockburst Vienna making all on her way to a 10 length victory in a Novice 750 contest, in the process she recorded a very fast 41.86.
Friday saw us head to Tralee with representatives in the Race Of Champions alongside Riverside Charm in the supporting A1 Stake. Riverside Charm, despite crowding at the first, managed to take up the lead at the third bend before holding on and progressing to this weeks final.
In the Race Of Champions we had mixed fortunes. Hooverville ran a great race in defeat when battling for supremacy before going down by a neck and a head but still goes into next weeks final. In the same heat, Holborn Junior encountered the majority of the trouble on the run up and failed to get himself into an early position to lead. In the second heat, Sidarian Blaze was having his first race since returning to us. He led til the run in and progresses to next week’s final.
At Shelbourne on Saturday we were luckless with Coolavanny Pandy and Brenval Star both encoutering troublesome run. Brenval qualified for next round but unfortunately Pandy made an early exit from the Sporting Press Irish Oaks. However, Quick Blaze and Elevenerife both progressed from their ECC Timber Champion Puppy Semi Final. Quick Blaze showed fantastic early pace to take control of the contest early on, whilst Elevenerife showed good battling qualities to qualify in third place. Both move on to this week’s final.
Also on Saturday we had Sidarian Lisa in the Barrys Tea 750 second round. She was once again in fine form when showing great determination to come back on the run in take victory by half a length to progress.
Finally, to round off a busy weekend, we had a trio of runners at Clonmel. Unfortunately Riverside Pat just failed to qualify for the final when missing out in 4th place. The night had started well when the Gus Kelleher owened, Ardnacrusha Lady, won the St Mary’s Club 550 Buster Final. Kennel mate Coran Sky was back in 3rd after being badly hampered at the opening turn.