Clonmel Track – Sunday, September 2
The 5/2 second favourite Golden Graze put up a superb performance to win the coveted Suirside Stayers and Track Supporters Club Open 790 Final and in the process equalled her previous best run over the trip by clocking a smashing 44.12 just six spots outside the track record set in last week’s semi-final by Usual Story. Usual Story went off the 6/4 market leader for this eagerly awaited final but never got into the action after a tardy start and first bend trouble. Golden Graze broke in front from her trap six draw and this daughter of Crash and Longford Lady was never challenged although the runner-up, the 16/I outsider Sandyhill Crash, ran a blinder holding second place all the way to the line where he was four and a half lengths in arrears of a most impressive winner. Express Hero kept on well to take third place two and a half lengths behind the runner-up.
Golden Graze has now won six of her seventeen races for her proud connections, Kildare owner Brendan Curran and trainer Martin Reville, and she now ranks among the leading stayers in training.
Elsewhere on the card, an S2/S4 sprint produced a sizzling open class performance from the maiden Newbridge Lad owned and trained in Monard by Marion Stokes. This son of Scarty Lad and Divine Hurtz clocked 16.22 in gaining a first career win at the seventh attempt. We also enjoyed three sub 29.00 performances over the standard trip from Pauline Shearer’s Lyreen Legend (28.95) and Claire Hennessy’s Vics Romance which together with Sean Meade’s Paradise Siesta posted 28.98.
Race 1 (N1/A9) – The layers went 5/2 the field and Jogon Bonnie owned and trained in Thurles by Otto Daniel Kueres made all the running in the white jacket to defeat Reminiscer and Pepper Jack by two lengths aand a length in 30.25.
Race (S2/S4)) – Newbridge Lad left all his previous form behind with a smashing trap to line win for his Monard connections in an open class 16.22.
Race 3 (A6) – Having disappointed when well supported on a few occasions Attykitt Story (Black Shaw-Elios Mir) was easy to back at 5/2. She flashed away from trap six and never gave her rivals an inch as she surged to a three length win over Cunning Alibi with Adams Folly two and a half lengths away in third place. Owned and trained in Cashel by James Goold the winner posted a smart 29.23 to break her maiden at the fifth time of asking.
Race 4 (A5) - The Killusty Soccer Club & Cloneen Sports & Social Club Buster Race.
Blackstone Aviva was another to gain a first winning bracket at the fifth attempt and this son of Blackstone Gene and Blackstone Mini also claimed his success in trap to line fashion from odds-on favourite Balintaggart Boy with Shaneboy Pearl two lengths away in third spot.
Race 5 (A4) – The 5/2 favourite Whitegatebugatti was always prominent in the red jacket and the son of College Causewayand Whitegate Sense took over from Humble Charlie on the back straight before running on in fine style to hold the challenges of the strong finishers Boss Kate and Tommy Mack by a length and a half and half a length in a career best 29.31. The winner is owned and trained in Mullinahone by William Denn.
Race 6 (A3) – Vics Romance which had impressed when winning in the same grade in 29.51 on her first outing at the venue on her last run was easy in the market at 3/1 but the daughter of Black Shaw and Vics Nikita together with runner-up Armitage Shanks looked in a different class to the other runners in what was effectively a two dog race. The latter led his rival from traps but Vics Romance cruised up on the inside at the penultimate bend and took command. Although Armitage Shanks kept on gallantly he was two lengths shy of the impressive winner at the line where the third home Shaneboy Allen was a further eight lengths in arrears. The winner clocked a smashing career best of 28.98 for her Durrow owner/trainer Claire Hennessy.
Race 8 – The Sporting Press A2 525.
The 4/1 outsider of the party Lyreen Legend a son of Cabra Cool and Lyreen Chill trained by David Budd for Araglin owner Pauline Shearer impressively made every yard of the running to clock a smashing career best 28.95 in defeating Early Oscar and Farranrory Zak by two lengths and a short head.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1 525.
Pull The Plug was the warm even money favourite but was baulked on the run up and never showed as the 7/2 chance Paradise Siesta came home strongly to account for the gallant veteran Guitar Moment by a length with Fleetwood Saki just half a length back in third place.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, August 30
The evening marked the retirement of the track’s popular totalisator Manager Joe Howley after almost forty years service and he was the recipient of a presentation from the Track staff following the fourth race. That event was officially listed on the card as “The Best of Luck to Joe Howley on his Retirement from Clonmel Track After Nearly Forty Years of Loyal Service N2/N3 525” in Joe’s honour and he received a great send off from his colleagues, patrons and all associated with the Davis Road venue. We join in wishing him many happy and healthy years of retirement which, no doubt, he will hope to see embellished by further successes for Kilkenny hurling.
That “Joe Howley” race produced the top performance of the session as Mallogs Tico, a December ’10 son of Hondo Black and Mallogs Penny, which went off the 5/4 favourite, posted the best clock of the evening when leading off the opening bends and stretching clear to score an impressive six and a half length success over Cloneen Patrick with Sunoak Sunshine three and a half lengths back in third place. Owned and trained in Carrick-on-Suir by Sean Drohan, Mallogs Tico stopped the clock in a very useful 29.13.
In the next event a litter brother of Mallogs Tico, Clonmoyle Bog was fancied to land a double for connections but was opposed in the market by Bookies Lady which went to traps an even money favourite. In what turned out to be a messy affair with lots of crowding at the first and second turns the favourite lost all chance and only beat one home. Clonmoyle Bob was always prominent and drew clear of his rivals to account for Cloughtaney Gift and Sunoak Joseph by four lengths and a length in 30.14.
Race 1 (A8/A9) – Favourite backers got off to an ideal start with the success of the Frances O’Donnell trained Rosmult Hunt which raced clear off the first bend and was always in control before crossing the line with three lengths and two lengths in hand of Nancy Whiskey and Barleylodge Girl.
Race 2 (S5 or Lower) – Fieldstone Lad was favourite to score but could only manage third place after holding every chance. A newcomer to the track Mister Oh (Droopys Scolari-Dunsallagh Lucy) was easy to back at 3/1 and he disputed the issue with the jolly until taking over off the opening bend and running on well to defeat the strong finisher Practical Dolly by a length and a half with the market leader a short head back in third.
Race 3 (A7) – Skip Katie is proving costly to follow and this even money favourite only beat one home after a troubled run. The 3/1 chance Drumlargan trained by Catherine King for Killenaule owner Pat Walsh was always prominent in the red jacket and this son of Forest Master and Mynu Ruby just held on in a very close finish to hold the challenges of an unlucky Active Scoop by a neck with Leamaneigh Kevin and Caoimhes Pet just half a length and the same behind.
Race 6 (A6) – This went to the even money favourite Pauls Robinho which recovered from a stumble leaving traps to lead between the final bends and win going away in 29.77. Toohottohandle took the runner-up place two and a half lengths in arrears of the winner with Chloes Friend a further half a length back in third spot.
Race 7 (A5) – Suir Lee gained her third career success when making all the running to defeat Ferdia Duke and Lady Libby by five and a half lengths and a short head in 29.61. Going off the 2/1 joint favourite the daughter of Express Rock and Knocknaboha Lee is owned in Cashel by Elizabeth Flood who has enjoyed a long association with the track.
Race 8 – The Red Mills Slan Abhaile A5.
Unstoppable Force which came in as a reserve was easy to back at 3/1 and took the lead off the third bend before running on well to defeat Anti Social and Pressure Galore by two lengths and a length and a half in a career best 29.28. The son of Ningbo Jack and Carn Lass is owned in Monard by The Cabbage-White-Syndicate and he was gaining a third winning bracket.