Clonmel Track – Sunday, 17th March
The national holiday was celebrated in style at the Suirside venue where a large attendance enjoyed a feast of top class racing. The splendid card featured the four second round heats of the 2,000 to the winner Glenanore Kennels A3 525 and Castle Cougar which had topped the order of merit following the opening round again held sway after a blistering performance which stopped the clock in a superb 28.64. A little earlier another of the impressive first round winners Boherna Rock had underlined his claims with a pillar to post 28.76 run. Drive On Charm chipped in with a career best and Shaneboy Diego took the other heat in 29.43 to set up two fascinating semi-finals for next Sunday. The latter was completing a double for the Kiely family who had earlier taken the sprint with the 4/1 chance Shaneboy Winnie.
A great evening ended on a high note with a sparkling win for the sponsor of the major stake Tom O’Neill whose 5/1 outsider brought joy to the layers when taking the Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1 in a career best 28.75.
Race 1 (A4) – The Pat Buckley trained Tailteann Cool was supported to 4/5 favourite and this daughter of Cabra Cool and Melodys Dingle broke well in the red jacket to get a clear run to the first bend from where Coolbeggan Ruby was her only serious rival. The leader stayed on well to hold the challenge by two lengths and the pair had some eight lengths in hand of the third finisher Corcorans Molly. Tailteann Cool which is owned in Killarney by John Brosnan clocked a smart 29.02 to gain her first winning bracket at the third attempt.
Race 2 (S0/S1) – Riverside Carib went off at evens to gain a back to back success for the red jacket and Graham Holland’s charge looked the likely winner when leading on the rails at the first bend. He then took a very wide course however and good runs on the inner from Shaneboy Winnie and Dan The Man saw the former shade the issue by a short head from her rival with the favourite just half a length away in third place. Owned and trained in Kilmallock by Michael Kiely the winner is a daughter of Ballymac Maeve and Shaneboy Dorie and her clock was 16.66.
Race 3 (A3) – Stunning Harvey lived up to his name by stunning some better fancied rivals in fine style. The son of Flying Penske and Stunning Wilma broke well and was soon clear from Millstreet Duke and Scotts Paddy. The order was maintained to the line and the margins where it mattered were two and a half lengths and three and a half lengths. Owned and trained in Ballyduff Upper by Fechin Mullen the winner clocked 29.16.
Race 4 (A2) – The Happy Birthday to Moira Morrissey A2.
Pine Talent which came in as a reserve went off at 4/5 but never got into it as Catherines Rock set the pace from Ders Always One with the pair enjoying a good lead over Cashandcarryeve. Ders Always One run mastered his rival between the final bends but Cashandcarryeve made considerable late progress to challenge the new leader and only went under by a neck having changed sides on the run up. Catherines Rock stayed on for third place. The winner a son of Westmead Diver and Ballymac Freddie which had disappointed in recent runs showed the form that had won him eleven races in clocking 29.06 to chalk up the even dozen. He is trained by John A. Linehan for Macroom owners Mort and Dan Buckley.
Races 5 to 8 – Heats 1 to 4 of The Glenanore Kennels A3 525 Stake. Round 2.
Heat 1 – The 7/4 market leader Drive On Charm was headed in the early stages by the 6/1 outsider Granada Sid but was in front from her rival on the back straight where the duo were pursued by Sunvalley John. Drive On Charm stayed on strongly to score by a length and a half from a gallant Granada Sid which ran the race of his life whilst Sunvalley John was just a length back in third. The winner a daughter of Royal Impact and Drive On Fancy owned and trained in Cork by Thomas O’Donovan posted a career best 28.92.
Heat 2 – Boherna Rock, very impressive in the opening round when scoring by twelve lengths in 29.09, went off a 1/2 hotpot and the son of Ace Hi Rumble and Hondo On Air moved to a new level with another huge trap to line display. Always in command he romped home by four lengths from Sunoak Joseph, which stepped up on all previous form, with Eyeoweuone six and a half lengths back in third place. The time was a brilliant 28.76 and Thurles enthusiast Liam Dwan has a major contender for outright honours in this valuable stake with this now eight time winner.
Heat 3 – The layers went 5/2 the field in what looked a modest heat and Move On Bell, in early command, was followed down the back straight by Shaneboy Diego and Clodeen Bullet. Shaneboy Diego burst through to lead in the concluding stages but was all out to hold a renewed effort from Move On Bell with Clodeen Bullet taking the third qualifying place. The distances were half a length and three lengths and the winning time was 29.43. Shaneboy Diego was breaking his maiden at the eighth attempt and is a son of Droopys Kewell and Shaneboy Dorie. He is owned and trained by Master Eoghan Kiely and was completely a nice family double on the night.
Heat 4 – It could hardly be anticipated that the outstanding display of Boherna Rock in the second heat would be over shadowed even though fastest first round winner Castle Cougar went off at 11/10 favourite in this final heat. However, we saw another super display as the son of Rumble Impact and Pony Plan flew from trap three and never saw another rival as he powered to an effortless six length win over Bacon Hand and Parkgate Jey in a blistering 28.64. Together with Boherna Rock, Castle Cougar has found a new level in this terrific A3 stake and the session has whetted the appetite for two mouth watering semi-finals next Sunday. Castle Cougar is owned and trained in Mitchelstown by Bridie O’Grady.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1 525.
The sponsor of the Glenanore Kennels Stake Tom O’Neill had the bookies in good voice here as his 5/1 chance Grayslands Barny owned in Stirlingshire by Neil Bruce returned to top form when taking the spoils in decisive fashion by two lengths from Murphy Lad and the favourite Boherna Rumble in a career best 28.75. The winner a s son of Head Bound and Grayslands Flo has been a terrific servant to his connections and was posting a fourteenth career success.
Run of the Week - Castle Cougar’s blistering performance in the Glenanore Kennels Stake on Sunday when scoring by six lengths in 28.64 for Mitchelstown enthusiast Bridie O’Grady.
One to Watch – Several contenders but Movealong Turbo will take all the beating in the Ballycannon A4 Stake judged on his performance in Thursday’s opening round.
Clonmel Track – Thursday, 14th March
The Hattemore kennel, based outside Carrick-on-Suir, is in sparkling form and followed up on a fine double at the previous meeting with a fastest of the night winner in the shape of the 3/1 chance Chaotic Sultan. This son of Southlodge Turk and Chaotic Day took the fourth race on the card, The MSDs Johnny Kennedy & Noel Kehoe Final Hurdle (A2),in smashing style by taking over from Highview Blitz at the third bend and running on strongly to contain the strong finish of Express Hero by a length in a career best 29.12. The winner was gaining a third career success in a race which yielded a disappointing run from the 6/4 favourite Turbo Dan.
The meeting featured four first round heats of the Ballycannon A4 525 Stake kindly sponsored by Eoin Walshe of Kerry Pike, Co. Cork and here the standard was set by the winner of the second heat Movealong Turbo which broke his maiden in clocking 29.25
for Willie Barry. The Kilmallock owner/trainer was expected to land a double with a comrade of that winner Movealong Andy in the next heat but this one failed to qualify behind 5/2 chance Latest Trend which looked smart in making all the running to clock 29.34. The remaining heats were won by Lonely Rebel in 29.49 and Sleek Ace which posted 29.73.
Race 1 (A6) – Hazy Ferkin headed the market at 6/4 but lost her chance when baulked at the opening turn. Cloheena Prince led from traps but the red sheeted Charity Bobby took up the running round that first bend and kept on gamely to land the spoils in 29.52. All Blue Magic ran on in good style following a slow start but failed by half a length to catch the winner. Cloheena Prince filled the third placing. Charity Bobby (Ballymac Ruso-Charity Roberta) is owned and trained in Mullinahone by Ann Marie Maher and was gaining a second career success on his eighth outing.
Race 2 (A5) – The most experienced runner in the field Gotoon Madge gained her fifth winning bracket for Carrigeen enthusiast William Marlin when leading off the final bend to defeat Honeycomb Cora and Point Cailin by a length and a half and half a length in 29.36. Honeycomb Cora had run well in attempting to make all and her winning turn should not be long delayed. Gotoon Madge is a daughter of Ningbo Jack and Gotoon Lady and her winning clock was just a length off her previous best run posted in Enniscorthy.
Race 3 (N1/N2) – The Frances O’Donnell trained Rosmult Bolt went off the even money favourite but it was the reserve Hattys Hero which broke in front and was pursued down the back straight by the favourite and the well supported Vain Bolt. Rosmult Bolt got her head in front between the final bends and looked likely to justify favouritism but in a thrilling climax Vain Bolt led on the line to score by a head from the jolly with Hatts Hero keeping on well to finish just half a length back in third. The winner a son of Blackstone Gene and Vain Princess owned and trained in Charleville by Christina O’Leary stopped the clock in 29.89.
Race 4 – MSD’s Johnny Kennedy & Noel Kehoe Final Hurdle A2.
Races 5 to 8 – Heats 1 to 4 of The Ballycannon A4 525 Stake Round 1.
Heat 1 – Warning Over, a hot pot at 4/6, was crowded at the first bend and only beat one home in a race that produced a great battle between Lonely Rebel and Jamila. It was nip and tuck between them all the way and it was the former which stuck his head out in the final strides to deny a gallant opponent by the narrowest of margins with Hot Exile flying at the finish to take the third qualifying place only half a length in arrears of the runner-up. The winner a son of Ace Hi Rumble and Goffs Alanna clocked a career best 29.49 to gain his second success. He is owned and trained in Kilteely by Philip Greene.
Heat 2 – Movealong Turbo headed the market at 7/4 and gave his supporters no concern by making all the running in a smart 29.25 which was to prove the fastest of the four heats. Windmill Beauty and Hannibal Lecter filled the minor placings beaten two and a half and two lengths respectively. The winner, a son of Head Bound and Movealong Sutty, owned and trained in Kilmallock by Willie Barry should improve on this third run of his career and at this stage looks the one to beat in a good stake that boasts a tidy 1,300 euro winner’s prize.
Heat 3 – With the favourite Movealong Andy out of contention in the closing stages
Latest Trend which had led from trap rise stayed on in fine style to account for Farranrory Shas by two and a half lengths with Kilkenny Caviar a length away in third spot.
Latest trend (Top Savings-Glencairn) clocked 29.34 on what was just her third run and she looks to have plenty of scope for improvement. She is owned and trained in Rathcormac by Joseph Murphy.
Heat 4 – Sleek Ace trained by Joan Cremin for the Kildorrery based Funcheon Dream Syndicate went off the even money market leader and overcame trouble to challenge on the run in together with Pigeon Catcher which was bidding to complete a William Marlin double. In an exciting climax the pair headed leader Belligors Bosco near the line with Sleek Ace taking the spoils by half a length from Pigeon Catcher with Belligors Bosco the came distance back in third. The winner a son of Ace Hi Rumble and Wee Grass Hopper stopped the clock in 29.73.