It was another busy weekend at the kennels with runners the length of the country over the weekend. It started on Friday at Harolds Cross where Sidarian Lisa and Rockburst Vienna went in the same Corn Cuchulainn 750 Semi-Final. A messy race, where both Lisa and Vienna were involved in the trouble, saw Lisa qualify for next week’s final after running on to grab the final qualifying spot.

Also on Friday we had 4 runners in the ECC Timber Champion Bitch 550, a title we are looking to defend having won with Rockburst Pearl last year. Coolavanny Pandy held her rails pitch round the opening turn to take the lead up from the second turn. She held on well despite having not run for over a month and will improve for the run. Ardnacrusha Lady once again had to dig deep when riding a bumpy opening turn to qualify in 3rd spot in her heat to progress whilst Brenval Star was also a qualifier from her heat when also finishing 3rd.

Quarter Finals of The ECC Timber Open Bitch

Quarter Final 1

1 – Shes a terror
2 – Ardnacrusha Lady
3 – Monparklady
4 – Claremount Snow
5 – Black Eyed Vieri
6 – Lughill Sandra

Quarter Final 2

1 – Killinan Baby
2 – Expert Chick
3 – Jumeirah Charl
4 – Coolavanny Pandy
5 – Querrin Beauty
6 – Wont Fall Behind

Quarter Final 4

1 – Drumevin Club
2 – Crafty Sara
3 – Ridgedale Look
4 – Brenval Star
5 – Old Fort Diamond
6 – Whaoo Wheoo

Over at Shelbourne on Saturday we had a couple of good runners without any success on the night. Runaway Rover ran a big race on his comeback from layoff leading out the second bend but getting collared on the line, going down by a short head. Barnhill Turbo also went down by a short head when getting caught on the run in, in his Open 550. In the big race of the evening we had two runners in the ECC Timber Champion 550 Final, Elevenerife and Coran Sky. Neither were able to get into a commanding position early on to assert themselves on the race which you can’t afford to do at the very top level they are competing in.

Finally, over at Dundalk on their gala racing evening we had Sidarian Blaze representing us in the prestigious Dundalk International Open 550. Not breaking his best from trap 3 saw him trying to edge towards the rails from the start. He was always on the back foot at this point and although making it across to the rails and showing big back straight pace he couldn’t land a blow and came home in 5th place, beaten a total of 2 lengths in a top class field. However, there was a nice return to the track for Cabra Buck who scored in the Open 400 in fine fashion.