Clonmel Track –
Sunday, November 25
The fact that a nine race card was completed in eighty minutes on a night of torrential rain which never let up was a fine tribute to the outstanding effort made by all concerned. The going deteriorated to such an extent that the track was rated at .40 slow for the last five events but nonetheless some fine performances were posted not least in the semi-finals of the Track Supporters Club Guys & Dolls A3 Stake. From day one this has been a marvellous event dominated by Jaguar Hope in the Dolls’ section and Ballintagart Star which has been head and shoulders above his rival in the Guys’ division and both went to traps as favourites to continue on their unbeaten way.
Jaguar Hope was a red hot 2/5 chance in the first leg but Sarahs Turbo overcame her trap four draw to lead on the rails at the opening turn from Elios Shiva and the market leader. Jaguar Hope however showed excellent back straight pace to challenge between the two leaders at the third bend and then produced another gear to surge clear and score by three lengths from the very wide running Elios Shiva with Sarahs Hope staying on finish a further three lengths back in third place. The impressive winner a daughter of Ace Hi Rumble and Water Girl clocked an estimated 29.00 on the now .40 slow track in scoring a fourth career success from only six outings. She is owned and trained in Waterford by Paul Dalton and Derek O’Sullivan and her clash with Balintagart Star in next Sunday’s final should prove a major attraction.
Balintagart Star (Tyrur Ted-Hooch Babe) was a 4/5 jolly in the second semi-final and once again Helen Cashin’s charge hit the lid and set out to make all the running. Youtalktoomuch and Honchos Key were in close pursuit of the leader as they rounded the opening turns but “The Star” lived up to his name by stepping up the pace and rounded the final bends with a clear lead from the veteran Honchos Key which ran on gallantly but was still three and a half lengths shy of the most impressive trap to line winner at the finish. Ilford Boy ran on to take the remaining place in the decider. Balintagart Star was posting a sixth career win and his estimated run of 28.72 was a career best. He is going from strength to strength and will prove very hard to beat in the final.
Race 1 (A3) – Broc the recent winner of an A5 Stake at the venue found the step up in grade no problem at all and made all the running in eye catching style to surge to a ten length success over toiling rivals in 29.40. Minella Scamp filled the runner-up spot and Dusky Ted finished a further five lengths back in a field strung out like the proverbial washing. The son of Droopys Vieri and Kerryroad Lucy is trained by Kevin McLean for Clonmel owners Edward and Jimmy Farrell.
Race 2 (S2/S3) – Big Time Daithe owned and trained in Limerick by Pauline McNamara showed in front from trap six and saw off all challenges to defeat Dan The Man by a length and a half with River Gem finishing well for third spot a length behind the runner-up.
Race 3 (A3 550) – Plain Toffee headed the market but Mount Hawk Fawn set a very hot pace to the home straight where he found the going tough and the veteran stayer Sandyhill Crash finished much the stronger to win going away from the running on favourite with the longtime leader holding on to third place.
Race 4 (A2) – Larry Harding has his Glengoole string in good fettle and he followed up a Thursday night win at the Suirside venue with a successful comrade Bay City Impact which was the 5/4 jolly. The son of Hometown Boy Nga and Bay City Ruby was another to make all the running under the dreadful conditions and he kept on well to account for Farranrory Zak by a length and a half in 29.19 with Pelican Bay coming from way off the pace to finish third.
Race 5 (A2 550) – The odds-on chance Express Hero continued the good run of favourites when getting up near the line to head Killinan Joy and score by half a length. Jaguar Lorcan took third place three lengths in arrears of the runner-up. Express Hero (College Causeway-Express Sapphire) is owned and trained in Cashel by Mary Jo Dalton.
Race 6 – The Sporting Press A0/A1 525.
The 2/1 chance Dreamers Fantasy got back on the winning trail with a trap to line success over Racenight Jack. The pair had it between them after the favourite Kilara Gold had met trouble at the opening turn and the winner stayed on well to hold his rival by two and a half lengths with the jolly running on for third a length and a half back.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out Open/A1 550.
Only four went to trap sand the 4/5 favourite Glenanore Shaw put up a classy display to record a smashing 29.79 in defeating market rival Head South by three lengths.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, November 22
Glengoole enthusiast Larry Harding sent out the well supported even money favourite Bay City Mojo to post the top clock of the session in the concluding event the second semi-final of the Winter A4 Stake. This son of Hometown Boy Nga and Bay City Ruby led at the opening bend before surging clear to defeat Hazy Ferkin and Another Fool by five and a half lengths and six lengths in a very smart 29.12. A little earlier the opening semi had seen Moonroe Exchange chalk up a seventh career success when taking up the running at the final bend and racing clear to score by three lengths in 29.45 for inform local trainer Kevin McLean.
Race 1 (A8/A9) – A gamble was landed as Bedigo Girl supported to even money favouritism broke well in the red jacket and led round the opening bends before staying on well to hold the challenge of Jogon Joe by a length and a half in 29.91. Emilys Snowdrop took third place some five and a half lengths in arrears of the principals.
Race 2 (S4/S5) – Barmy Barney, a son of Droopys Maldini and Nasty Woman, was another to open his winning account on the night and William Esmonde’s charge did so in a very impressive manner. This one flew from trap four and romped to a three and a half length win over Shunters Koala in a smashing 16.42. Movealong Kenny finished well for third spot just a short head behind the runner-up.
Race 3 (A7 525) – The ever popular Tom Joyce has enjoyed many successes down the years and he had every reason to give up on his Burtonport Pearl which had contested nineteen races without a win. However, long threatening came at last, as the daughter of College Causeway and Bantiss Annie was always prominent before taking over from Rathmiles off the third turn and racing clear to score a long awaited success in 29.94.
Race 4 (N2/N3) – The reserve Point Cailin owned and trained in Golden by John Ryan got away best from a first bend melee and made the remainder of the running to account for Movealong Turbo and the strong finishing Stop The Doitin by three lengths and a length.
Race 5 (A6) – Amandas Boy another 5/2 chance broke very fast from trap six and put his rivals to the sword with an impressive trap to line win. The son of Hondo Dingle and Granada Girl was getting off the mark at the fifth time of asking and he romped home by
five and a half and six lengths from Hattys Blue Max and the 2/1 favourite Rocket Charley. Owned by Mandy O’Dwyer in Kilfeacle Amandas Boy clocked 29.80.
Race 6 (A5/A6) – Express Fountain went off the 5/4 market leader and this daughter of Trent Lee and Express Spirit made all the running in the striped jacket to enjoy a clear cut success. Sporting a wide tag having missed the kick from the inside on her only previous run Express Fountain, owned and trained in Cashel by Michael Dalton, came home six and a half lengths clear of Movealong Rocky which took second spot by a short head from Charity Bobby.
Races 7 & 8 –The Winter A4 525 Stake Semi-Finals.
In the opening leg the very experienced Moonroe Exchange trained locally by the in form Kevin McLean for the Ballymacarbry based Only in it for the Craic Syndicate was always prominent before taking over from the favourite Scolari Mark on the turn for home and racing clear to defeat that rival by three lengths with Pressure Galore finishing strongly to take third place a neck away.
The second heat produced the top performance of the session as the well supported even money favourite Bay City Mojo led at the opening bend before surging clear to defeat Hazy Ferkin and Another Fool by five and a half lengths and six lengths in a well strung out field. A son of Hometown Boy Nga and Bay City Rumble, owned and trained in Glengoole by Larry Harding, Bay City Mojo clocked a very useful 29.12 to become the seventh runner of the evening to gain a first winning bracket, the exception being the previous winner the prolific Moonroe Exchange.