Clonmel Track -
Sunday, November 6
The prestigious Munster Puppy Cup sponsored by the Track Supporters Club produced an open looking final for which the red sheeted Soho Storm went to traps the 2/1 favourite to take the j4,000 first prize. Murdaniel Ice from trap two and Tooclosetocall in the orange jacket were first to show and as they turned the opening bends.
Tooclosetocall led his rival with Incitatus running well to move into third spot. Incitatus improved to trail the leader at the penultimate turn and took up the running entering the home straight to forge clear and score a commanding three length win over a brave Tooclosetocall with Express Hero running on to take third place half a length in arrears of the runner-up.
Highlight of the under card which featured eight opening heats of the Track Supporters Guys and Dolls A3 525 Yards Stake was the superb career best performance of the local bitch Eternal Magic which clocked a superb 28.67 in the concluding Red MIlls Getting Out Open 525. The fastest time in the Guys and Dolls Stake was the 29.02 posted by Movealong Karen in the opening heat.
Races 1 to 8 - Heats 1 to 8 of the Track Supporters Club Guys and Dolls A3 525 Yards Stake. First four heats - bitches, last four dogs. The dogs and bitches to be separated until the final.
Heat 1 - The 7/4 favourite Movealong Karen got punters off to a successful start with an impressive trap to line win in the fastest time of the eight heats a smashing 29.02. Bandicoot Katie challenged the leader all the way but was still half a length adrift at the line whilst Lucky Swallow ran on well to take the third qualifying place a length and a half behind the runner-up.
Heat 2 - The layers went 5/2 the field and the event resulted in a one-two for the Wadsworth kennel. Compass Ciara which came in as a reserve led Ardera Bridge and Amy Eile from traps and was still in command off the third bend where Compass Bosley was in a challenging position. Compass Bosley took command turning for home and won going away by a length and a half from her kennel mate with Amy Eile taking the third qualifying place three and a half lengths back.
Heat 3 - Another open race saw the bookies go 3/1 the field and Emmets Pride and Juli Nicki were the first to show. Lough Mellery displayed fine back straight pace and took control between the final bends to race away for an impressive four and a half length win over Emmets Pride with Windgap Mint nearest at the finish but four lengths back in third place.
Heat 4 - Trained by Tom O’Neill and owned by him in partnership with Joe O’Neill the experienced Rediscover was all out to take this heat by half a length from the fast finishing Kims Lucy.
Heat 5 - Memories Control was the 5/4 favourite and this son of Scarty Lad and Glory Days owned in Passage East by Michael Meade duly obliged but was all out to contain the fast finishing Smiler Jack by the narrowest of margins. Active Linnet finished well also to take the other qualifying place a length and a half behind the runner-up.
Heat 6 - Another 5/4 favourite took the spoils here with Rival Reward leading near the line to defeat long time leader Rocky Be Slick by a length with Auction House the same distance back in third place. Trained by Graham Holland for Mullinahone owner S.D. Kemp Rival Reward (Black Shaw-Rival Empress) clocked 29.32 in gaining a sixth winning bracket.
Heat 7 - Instant Touch a 4/1 chance caused an upset when giving the performance of his career to take over from a flattering Avalon Impact at the third bend and go clear to defeat Polaris and Galtee Assurula by two lengths and a length and a half in a smart 29.06.
Heat 8 - Favourite backers were back on track with the decisive success of Longwood Jack in this final heat. Humble Power attempted to make all and record a Michael Meade double but once Longwood Jack had the leader in sight he soon gained control and went away to win by four lengths from Humble Power with Shiloh Forwever a length and a half back in third spot. Race 10 - The Red Mills Getting Out 525 Open.
Local supporters had something to shout about with the sparkling success of the 3/1 chance Eternal Magic which clocked a superb career best 28.67 in coasting to a four and a half length win over Shoeless Fancy in this open event. The brilliant daughter of Hondo Black and Tivoli Olivia has now won seven races for her proud owner Leslie Kavanagh and goes from strength to strength.
Clonmel Track -
Thursday, November 3
The opening heats of the Clonmel Track Supporters A5/A6 550 Stake were the feature races on the card and the one that topped the order of merit following the first round was Lollys Dolly which was very fast away from traps in heat three and made every yard of the running to clock a smashing 30.37. Moreton Marauder had earlier taken the first heat impressively in 30.45 whilst the other first rounds saw Dunsallagh Lisa and Heathview Bay post 30.90 and 30.98 respectively. Highlight of the undercard was the impressive run of Cunning Deal which took the A4 race by two and a half lengths in 28.94.
Race 1 (N2/A8) - The punters got it right here as the finish was fought out between the 6/4 joint favourites Millstreet Lady and River Slaney. Inferno Blue in the striped jacket was first to show and she led from Millstreet Lady and Miss Malbay round the opening bend. Millstreet Lady which had come in as a reserve for trainer Rachel Wheeler took up the running off the final bend and had two lengths in hand of her strong finishing market rival River Slaney at the line with Inferno Blue holding third position.
Race 2 (S5 or Lower) - Another reserve Call That Bid took the honours here. This son of Last Bid and Make That Call, easy to back at 3/1, soon led and surged clear of his rivals to record a six length win over Dunsallagh Mist and Your Katie in 16.51. Call That Bid was gaining a second career success for Fethard owner/trainer Michael Allen (Senior).
Race 3 (N1/A6) - Black Beauty was the warm 4/5 favourite but found one too good in the shape of the locally owned 4/1 chance Pet Shop Son which made every yard of the running for Pat Morrissey and held the late challenge of the favourite by a length with Southlodge Chick nearest at the finish in third place.
Race 4 (A4) - The layers went 5/2 the field and one of the joint favourites Cunning Deal made all the running and his only serious rival was the former open tracker Hold On Buddy which was two and a half lengths adrift of the impressive leader at the line. Third place was filled ten lengths back by Nomadic Jester. Owned and trained locally by Edward O’Dwyer Cunning Deal is a son of Big Daddy Cool and Movealong Rose and his 28.94 clock makes him one for the notebook.
Races 5 to 8 - Heats 1 to 4 of the Track Supporters A5/A6 550 Stake.
Race 5 - Heat 1 - The Wexford challenger Moreton Marauder (Head Bound-Tons of Fun) was supported to 6/4 favouritism and John Spracklen’s charge broke very fast to put his rivals to the sword. He opened up a big lead and although fading somewhat in the home straight still had two and a half lengths to spare over Dromana Laura with Folkscourt Bud three and a half lengths back in the third qualifying spot.
Race 6 - Heat 2 - Gerpats Lar was the 6/4 market leader but lost his chance at the opening turn as Dooneen Cici attempted to make all. Dunsallagh Lisa which was in the rear in the early stages showed good back straight pace to lead before the penultimate bend and go clear to defeat Lisnakill Declan by three and a half lengths with Dooneen Cici staying on for third spot.
Race 7 - Heat 3 - Lollys Dolly (Droopys Kewell-Hooch Babe) was the hottest favourite of the session at 4/6 and she duly obliged by impressively making all the running to stop the clock in a fastest of the round 30.37. She came home six and a half lengths clear of Powerstown Hope with Dead Set Go eight and a half lengths back in third place.
Race 8 - Heat 4 - The final heat was won in clear-cut fashion by the 2/1 favourite Heathview Bay owned and trained near Carrick-on-Suir by Desna Hattemore. This one made all the running to defeat the staying Conddor Rosie by three and a half lengths with Punk Rock Girl a length and a half back in third place.