Clonmel Track –
Sunday, March 10
A fine card featured the eight first round heats of the 2,000 euro to the winner Glenanore Kennels A3 525 Stake generously sponsored by Tom O’Neill and the honour of heading the order of merit at the end of the session was gained by Castle Cougar owned and trained in Mitchelstown by Bridie O’Grady. Castle Cougar took the second heat in an impressive 29.07 to set the standard but with Boherna Rock and Driver On Charm later posting 29.09 runs this looks an excellent stake which will take some winning.
It proved a great evening for Carrick-on-Suir owners Peter and Desna Hattemore who shared a fine double with the comrades Chaotic Duke and Chaotic Jasmin. The former took the opening heat in 29.55 whilst his litter sister caused an upset when posting 29.65 to defeat better fancied opponents in the fourth heat.
The eight heats of the main event were supported by two A0/A1 races. The Sporting Press 525 was won in great style by last year’s bitch of the year Sarahs Turbo whilst the concluding Red Mills Getting Out 550 went to the Graham Holland trained Gunite Basil.
Races 1 to 4 – Heats 1 to 4 of the Glenanore Kennels A3 525 Stake Round One.
Heat 1 - Drumgower Major, a useful sprint winner in Clonmel was sent off the even money favourite but having led from traps he faded between the final bends and market rival Chaotic Duke powered home to score by a length and a half from a strong finishing Arcade Suarez with the favourite two lengths away in third spot. The winner, a son of Southlodge Turk and Chaotic Day, whose three previous wins included a 29.00 success in Shelbourne Park stopped the clock in 29.55. He is owned and trained by Peter Hattemore.
Heat 2 – Castle Cougar was easy to back at 3/1 with Sunvalley John trained by the sponsor Tom O’Neill going off the warm 4/6 market leader. Bridie O’Grady’s charge broke in front in the blue jacket and ran a perfect opening bend to lead Shaneboy Diego and Sunvalley John. The order never changed as the leader opened up in the home straight to come home three and a half lengths clear of his rivals in a smashing 29.07. The son of Rumble Impact and Pony Plan was gaining his second career success having broken his maiden in Clonmel last Novemeber in 29.04.
Heat 3 – Boherna Rock owned and trained in Thurles by Liam Dwan was all the rage here and went to traps a 1/2 chance. A son of Ace Hi Rumble and Hondo On Air with six wins to his credit the hotpot flew from the three box before stretching clear to avoid a lot of first bend trouble. In an impressive display of starting and finishing Boherna Rock impressively came home alone some twelve lengths in front of Minella Scamp and Eyeoweuone in a career best 29.09.
Heat 4 – Kingsmill Dan and Unique Castle were the big two here but both were involved in first bend trouble and failed to qualify. The reserve Early Circus and Chaotic Jasmin were clear off the early bends and the latter finished the stronger to lead at the final turn and run on well to account for her rival by three lengths in 29.65. Nametab Jubilee ran on late to take the third qualifying place. Friendless in the market at 4/1, Chaotic Jasmin a comrade of the first heat winner, is owned by Desna Hattemore and was completing a great family double.
Race 5 – The Sporting Press A0/A1 525.
Boherna Rumble a litter brother of the earlier impressive winner Boherna Rock headed the market at 5/4 and broke very fast to lead the pack which was headed by Sarahs Turbo on the back straight with Droopys Kirani also prominent. Sarahs Turbo gained a marginal lead at the penultimate turn but Boherna Rumble fought back to get his head in front again. However Sarahs Turbo refused to be denied and came again to take the spoils by a length from a fast finishing Drive Ahead which finished a neck in front of Boherna Rumble. Sarahs Rumble well supported to 6/4 is proving a wonderful servant to her Cashel owner/trainer Kathryn Ryan and she clocked 29.22 in gaining her seventh career success in very exciting fashion.
Races 6 to 9 – Heats 5 to 8 of the Glenanore Kennels A3 525 Stake Round 1.
Heat 5 - The experienced Lyreen Legend gained an overdue success here by making all the running in the striped jacket. The son of Cabra Cool and Lyreen Chill trained by David Budd for Araglen owner Pauline Shearer made the running from Stanleys Dream and Bing Sveta and held their persistent challenges all the way to the line. The winning margins were a length and a half and a length and a strong finishing Thurlesbeg Road failed by the narrowest margins to gain a qualifying place. Lyreen Legend clocked 29.58 to gain a fourth career win.
Heat 6 – Bacon Hand and River Gem were the 5/2 joint favourites in an open betting race and the latter looked most likely to score when breaking fast and enjoying a good lead on the back straight from Move On Bell with a gap back to Jaw Wages. However the picture changed dramatically as the leader faded between the final bends giving the advantage to Move On Bill which however had no answer to the flying finish of Bacon Hand which got up late to score by half a length with Jaw Wages taking third place three and a half lengths away. Bacon Hand a son of Droopys Kewell and Pass Her Over clocked 29.43 to gain his second success for Kilmallock owner/trainer Breda Barrett.
Heat 7 – Parkgate Jet (Black Shaw- Shes My Sal) trained by Kieran Lynch for Patrick O’Donovan went off the hottest favourite of the session at 2/5 but had to work hard to land the odds. He overcame early trouble to lead off the second bend but was all out to hold the challenge of Sunoak Joseph in the final stages with Clodeen Bullet a length back in third place. The winning clock was 29.69.
Heat 8 – Drive On Charm and Pull The Plug shared favouritism at 6/4 and the punters got it right as they filled to top two places. Drive On Charm in the red jacket made all the running and although Pull The Plug ran on well he was three and a half lengths adrift of his rival where it mattered. Granada Sid took the remaining qualifying spot three lengths in arrears of the runner-up. Drive On Charm is a daughter of Royal Impact and Drive On Fancy owned and trained in Cork by Thomas O’Donovan and she made a good impression in clocking 20.09 to gain second win from just six runs.
Race 10 – The Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1 550.
Tom O’Neill’s second runner of the evening Grayslands Barny headed the market at 5/4 but was slowly away and never showed as the 3/1 chance Gunite Basil trained by Graham Holland for cross-channel owner Daren Johnson led on the run up before staying on in good style to defeat Highview Echo and Shelbourne Ollie by two and a half lengths and a length in 30.42. The son of Brett Lee and Kinda Free was gaining a third win from seven starts.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, march 7
Local enthusiasts enjoyed a successful evening by taking five of the eight events on a card which comprised six races over the standard distance and two sprints. In a rare occurrence the sprint winners Wicky Lar and More In Tune shared the honour of posting the top performance of the session by clocking the same time, a very smart S1 class 16.47. Wicky Lar is owned and trained by Kevin Kelly whilst More In Tune is trained by Maria Byrne for owners Andrew Moloney and Tom Hennessy.
The top performance over the 525 trip came in the final event when the easy to back 3/1 chance Chamberlain Aine provided an overdue success for another Cahir regular David O’Neill. This 3/1 chance led at the opening bend before putting her rivals to the sword as she surged to a bloodless eight and a half length win in 29.19.
Earlier, Lavally Legend the hottest favourite of the night at 1/3 did the business in trap to line fashion for another local Johnny O’Halloran when posting an impressive 29.22.
Race 1 (N2/A9) – Golden owner/trainer John Ryan set the trend for the evening by sending out Point Zero to take this opener in fine style. Castlegale Flash was very fast away in the striped jacket but Point Zero cruised to the front approaching the penultimate turn and although Monroe Lee finished with a flourish on the rails Point Zero still had a length in hand where it mattered. Lucky Gamble was nearest at the finish in third spot some three and a half lengths behind the runner-up. The winner a daughter of Honda Black and Golden Pride stopped the clock in 29.78.
Race 2 (S6 or lower 300) – Wicky Lar was warm at 4/6 and this son of Glenroe Ginger and Rural Lady got off the mark at the third attempt when making all from trap six to come home three and a half lengths clear of Beat The Bomb with Half A Sleep two lengths back in third. The Birr owned winner Wicky Lar was giving the visitors their first success of the session and the time was a very useful 16.47.
Race 3 (A6/A7) – Circus Tiger at 3/1 gave the best performance of his career by making all the running on the rails and sweeping to a six and a half length win over better fancied rivals. The son of Broadacres Turbo and Circus Star owned and trained in Clonmel by Una Ryan broke his maiden in fine style by clocking 29.42. The minor placings were filled by Marlfield Emily and Cloheena Rocco.
Race 4 (A6) – Regarded as unlucky on his debut recently Johnny O’Halloran’s Lavally Legend went to traps a 1/3 chance and the son of Ace Hi Rumble and Lavally Diva obliged his connections and followers with an impressive all the way win. Circus Whip, bidding to score a quick double for Una Ryan, chased the leader to the third bend where the Legend upped the pace and strode clear for a three and a half lengths win in a very useful 29.22. Circus Whip held second by the narrowest of margins from a strong finishing Hulla Lady.
Race 5 – The Suirview Kennels S2/S3 300
More In Tune was supported to evens favourite and taking up the running from a closely bunched field at the first bend this son of Crash and Sli An Eolais impressed in striding clear to score by three lengths from Woodstone Pride with Shaneboy Sheldon a length back in third place. Owned by Andrew Moloney and Tom Hennessy and trained by Maria Byrne the winner was breaking his maiden at the fifth attempt and his smart clock of 16.47 equalled the figure set by Wicky Lar earlier in the evening.
Race 6 – The Punters Rest Novice 525
Three of the runners were supported here and they filled the top placings though not in the order anticipated. Express Slide, two of whose siblings had won at the track a week ago, went off the even money favourite but it was the 5/2 chance Rockaway Beach in the striped jacket which hit the lid before failing to clear the bend where the third of those fancied Monroe Rock took up the running from the favourite and her market rival Lough Maller. Monroe Rock held on in game fashion to hold the strong challenge of Express Slide by half a length with Lough Maller a length and a half back in third. The winner is a son of Ace Hi Rumble and Korellie owned and trained in Higginstown by James Frisby and he stopped the clock in 29.50.
Race 7 - The Sporting Press A5 525
Brickfield Rio owned and trained in Brickfield by John O’Brien was a warm order at 4/6 and this son of Crash and Spioraid Cath broke his maiden at the third attempt with and impressive trap to line run that saw his stride clear for a seven and a half length win over Manolita and Amandas Mix in a useful 29.32.
Race 8 – The Red Mills Slan Abhaile A3 525
Shaneboy Gina was supported to evens favourite but the 3/1 local hope Chamberlain Aine running in the red jacket for David O’Neill left her opponents for dead by leading at the first and surging clear to defeat Yourinthewill and the favourite by eight and a half lengths and a length and a half in a fastest of the session 29.19. The daughter of Skywalker Ace and Perfectly Bred was gaining a second career win having broken her maiden in Limerick last April.