Clonmel Track - Sunday, November 27
The final of the j2,000 to the winner Guys and Dolls A3 Stake sponsored by the Track Supporters Club was the highlight of the evening and the big prize was won in most convincing style by one of the Dolls, the 5/2 chance Bandicoot Katie which made all the running in the blue jacket. Rival Reward on the winner’s inside went off the even money favourite but Bandicoot Katie broke like the proverbial rocket and was chased on the outside by Movealong Karen as they motored to the opening bend.
Here Movealong Karen made a bid for the rails but Rival Reward was now in close proximity and they did each other no favours with Movealong losing all chance and Rival Reward briefly stopped in his tracks. All this enabled Bandicoot Katie to extend her advantage and and she stayed on in great style to defeat the favourite by two and a half lengths with Auction House the 8/1 outsider a length back in third place. A little earlier the highly popular local bitch Eternal Magic rewarded her followers with another smashing win as she sped to a four and a half length success in the Irish Examiner Open 525 in the best time of the session a very impressive 28.87.
Race 1 (A5) - The layers went 5/2 the field and after Pretty Legend had led briefly Attykitt Girl took up the running off the opening bend and powered away to defeat the strong finisher Roland by four and a half lengths with Mums Lady three lengths back in third place. Attykitt Girl is a daughter of Black Shaw and Elios Mir owed and trained in Cashel by James Goold and she clocked 29.24 in opening her winning account at the second attempt.
Race 2 (S2/S3) - The 2/1 chance Run For Bloom soon led on the rails and got first run on the 4/5 favourite Slippery Anna which ran on well but was still a head in arrears of the leader at the line. Run For Bloom now has two wins to her credit from as many starts and the daughter of Run On Boy and Molly Bloom impressed in clocking a smart 16.43 for her local owner/trainer Francis Brannigan.
Race 3 (A4) - The 3/1 chance Mertesacker soon led and and although the reserve Glory Queen finished with a big flourish from the rear the leader still had two and a half lengths in hand at the line and it was three lengths back to the third home the favourite Timbolina. Mertesacker owned and trained outside Cashel by Kathryn Ryan is a son of Droopys Scolari and Ciaras Turbo and he clocked 29.55 in breaking his maiden on his fourth run.
Race 4 (A3) - Black Beauty (Hondo Black - Finally Arrived) was supported to 11/10 favourite and he made all the running in the blue jacket to hold the challenge of Lyons Bolt by a length and a half with Scolari Machine four lengths away in third place.
Race 5 (A2 550) - Saw the Stars and Gerpats Hawk topped the betting at 2/1 each but Vigorous Benito in the white jacket had all the answers and made the running to emerge a three length winner over Saw The Stars with Donnells Dangler a neck behind the runner-up in third place.
Race 6 (A2) - The 4/1 local performer Louis Legend caused an upset by defeating more fancied rivals in fine style. Ballybrien Bullet set out to make all but the eventual winner led off the second bend and stayed on gamely to account for Critical Moment and the favourite Nadal Supreme by two lengths and a length and a half.
The son of Ballymac Maeve and Clash Quickstep has been a great servant to his local handlers Ruby and Louis Carroll and he was posting his seventh career success when clocking 29.32.
Race 7 - The Irish Examiner Open 525.
Eternal Magic the 2/1 favourite ran another brilliant race to chalk up her eighth win for local enthusiast Leslie Kavanagh. Lewcas Thunder broke extremely fast from the four box and soon enjoyed a lead on the rails but the favourite was always in the leader’s slipstream and tracking very cleverly she moved out to challenge nearing the third bend and was soon clear before going on to post a most impressive win the fastest time of the night a smashing 28.87.
Race 9 - The Red Mills Getting Out Open 550.
It is not too often that Graham Holland has the complete outsider in a race but his 4/1 chance Travara Bound caused an upset in taking this final event of the evening in fine style. Travara Bound a son of Head Bound and Lemon Sophie gave a fine display to defeat Milos Impact by three and a half lengths with Lacken Ozzie a length and a half back in third place. He is owned by John O’Regain in Butlerstown and hisa winning clock was a smart 29.96.
Clonmel Track -
Thursday, November 24
Kilsheelan’s Seamus Bolger, a prominent member of the Track Supporters Club had a night to remember when the 6/1 outsider Eskimo Princess, owned by his wife Margaret, caused a huge upset in the final of the Quirkes Jewellers and Track Supporters Club A7/A8 Stake. Colmyaro Rebel went to traps the warm 4/5 favourite but it was Barbies Benny which was first to show but the eventual winner was noted breaking well as also were Movealong Swing and Breelusive. Having avoided trouble at the opening bends Eskimo Princess was in an ideal position to challenge the leader and the daughter of Eskimo Jack and Scallywag Zippy led at the third bend before striding clear to score a two length win to the delight of the layers and the Bolger family.
Race 1 (N2/A8) - Punters got off to a good start with the success of the even money favourite Grayslands Barny. Bandit Timmy made the early running but Shaneboy Leeson soon led from the favourite which challenged at the final bend to score a length win over Shaneboy Leeson with Thommy Spots three lengths back in third spot.
Race 2 (S6 or Lower) - Only two counted in the ring and in the race. The second favourite Leonies Torres made the bend in front of the 6/4 jolly Chucky’s Causeway and after a good battle to the line Leonies Torres (Killahan Phanter-Leonies Sarah) held the challenge of his rival by a head with the pair two and a half lengths clear of the third home Bold Kitty.
Race 3 (A7) - Scolari Mark set out to make all but the 5/4 chance Blossomhill Lady led off the second bend and had her rivals strung out like the proverbial washing as she sped to a seven length win over the odds-on Millstreet Lady with Aherlow College a length and a haalf back in third. The winner a daughter of Ballymac Maeve and Blossom Hill Jen handled by J.Cashin for Coalbrook owner Jim Stokes was another to break her maiden on the night and her winning time was 29.46.
Race 4 (A6) - Shams Abbey was an odds-on chance and led from traps but the 3/1 shot Nomadic Ego took control midway down the back straight and although the second favourite Grayslands Swan finished with a flourish the leader held on by the narrowest of margins. The winning daughter of Westmead Hawk and Nomadic Way owned and trained locally by Elizabeth Lonergan clocked a career best 29.42.
Race 5 (A5) - This event was run in a torrential rainstorm which resulted in a delay to the later races. Eskimo Legend the evens favourite whose litter sister was later to take the main event led to the third bend where Belles Phanter challenged and finished strongly to gain a two length win over her rival. Owned and trained locally by Kevin McLean the winner a well bred daughter of Killahan Phanter and Cabra Belle was making it two wins from two runs when clocking 29.72.
Race 6 (A4) - Shaneboy Charlie the 6/4 favourite gained a first success at the fourth time of asking when finishing strongly to account for Movealong Chief and Fluttering Hawk by two lengths and the same in 29.65.
Race 8 (A4) - The 6/4 favourite Torrie Rocket was slow from traps and never showed as Mallogs Tupence led at the opening bend but was over hauled close home and went under by a length to the fast finishing Amandas Desire (Crash - Libertys Desire) a 4/1 chance which clocked a career best 29.32 in gaining her second career win for owner Mandy O’Dwyer of Kilfeacle.