Clonmel Track –
Sunday, February 10
Followers of Graham Holland enjoyed another good night as the Golden based trainer added another treble to his ever increasing tally. Having taken the opening Spring A5 Stake Final with the even money favourite Clonmoyle Bob, his Holborn Junior at 4/6 bounced back from a recent disappointing run to score a nine length win in the third race. The son of Kinloch Brae and Holborn Dolly looked an exciting prospect when stopping the clock in a brilliant 28.65. Holland was double handed in the Tomac Open 550 Stake Final with Murralli Junior, an odds-on chance, and Jimmy Boy one of the outsiders at 4/1. It was the latter, however, which came out on top turning over his kennel mate with a half length success in 30.06 to complete a great treble.
Other highlights included a superb win for Patrick Guilfoyle’s Pippy in the O’Reillys Pharmacy A3 Puppy Stake final and shock defeat for the 1/3 hotpot Late Arrival by the 5/1 chance Royal Crash in the Fr. Dan Greene D2/D3 790 Stake Final.
Race 1- The Spring A5 Stake Final (525)
Clonmoyle Bob the even money market leader soon led from the six trap box pursued by Shaneboy Marvel and that was the way they finished with Graham Holland’s charge scoring by two and a half lengths from his rival in a career best 29.07. Third place was claimed by Cooladerry Mist three and a half lengths back. Owned in Carrick-on-Suir by Seamus and Mary Drohan the winner is a son of Hondo Black and Mallogs Penny.
Race 2 – The Bet on the Tote S2/S4 (300)
The 3/1 chance Scoochy Boy (Building Block-Ya Daisy Ya)owned and trained in Cashel by Eleanor O’Neill broke very fast and made all the running to defeat Cashel rival Master Magoo by a length and a half in a career best 16.48. Dream On Billy finished two lengths back in third ahead of the disappointing 5/4 favourite Watch Your Speed. The winner was gaining his fourth winning bracket.
Race 3 –The Try the Trio Always A2 525
Holborn Junior (Kinloch Brae-Holborn Dolly) very impressive on his debut but a big disappointment on his last run was supported to 4/6 to resume winning ways and did so in some style for Graham Holland and Larry O’Rourke. After North Bay Girl had led briefly from traps the favourite assumed command and left his rivals floundering as he surged to a very impressive nine and a half length win over Coventry Kid and Shaneboy Gina in a brilliant fastest of the session 28.65.
Race 4 – The Davis Road A4 Stake Final (525)
Giglis Lightning (Duke Special-Giglis Tricks) made it a Carrick double on the night making all the running before staying on well to account for the strong finishing pair Slaneyside Magoo and Farranrory Shas by a length and the same in an exciting finish.
Owned and trained by Hugh Faulkner the winner now boasts a nice strike rate of six wins from twelve starts and his winning clock was 29.45.
Race 5 – The Caherclough Tarmac A2 Guys & Dolls Stake Final (525)
Airforce Prince was a hotpot at 1/2 but it was the 5/2 chance Pass Her Dolly which broke in front in the red jacket and proceeded to make all the running. The favourite travelled in second spot but faded in the closing stages as Slaneyside Diego finished with a flourish
but the leader was home and hosed holding well to score by a length and a half from the latter with Drive Ahead two lengths back in third place. Race 6 – The Fr. Dan Greene D2/D3 790 Stake Final
The sponsor’s very impressive semi-final winner Late Arrival was the hottest favourite of the session at 1/3 but was unable to repeat his last run and lost out to the 5/1 chance Royal Crash by a length. Granada Dingle was first to show and the eventual winner was also prominent early but as they crossed the line for the first time the favourite had taken up the running pursued by Granada Dingle and Royal Crash. However Royal Crash (Crash- Ready Mix) pulled out a little more in the closing stages to take the spoils for his Cashel owner/trainer Seamus Gould. Granada Dingle finished two and a half lengths back in third place and the winner clocked 45.08.
Race 7 – The O’Reillys Pharmacy A3 Puppy Stake Final (525)
The 6/4 chance Pippy a daughter of Shaneboy Lee and Fahrenheit Belle trained by Patrick Guilfoyle for Thurles owner Mary Kennedy posted a tremendous performance by making all the running in the striped jacket to take this nice prize in a superb 28.76.
The winner really opened up on the back straight and was well clear of her rivals before going on to score by four lengths and six lengths from a strong finishing Strides On Time and Turbo Dan.
Race 8 –The Tomas Open 550 Stake Final
Murralli Junior was a 4/6 chance to complete the treble for Graham Holland but the Golden trainer had another string to his bow in the shape of the 4/1 chance Jimmy Boy and it was the latter which took the four figure prize by finishing strongly to defeat his kennel mate by half a length in an exciting climax. Jimmy Boy (Ninja Jamie-Supreme Hestia) was first to show in the striped jacket and he lead from the favourite and Farranrory Zak as they turned into the back straight. Murralli Junior looked all over the winner when in control at the third turn but Jimmy Boy swooped again to score for owner David Usher and complete a great session for Graham Holland. Razldazl Will ran on to take third place and the winner stopped the clock in 30.06 to gain a seventh career victory.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out A1 525
The admirable bitch Brunswick Jenny justified odds-on favouritism by gaining an overdue success. The daughter of Hondo Black and Farloe Reserve owned jointly by Jack Stanton and K. Hixon and trained locally by the former gained a sixteenth career success in clocking 29.03 to defeat the Holland trained reserve Forrachmore and Secede by two lengths and the same.