Clonmel Track –
Sunday, October 7
The top performances of the evening came in the final races with Lady Long Heir making all the running to post an open class 30.18 in the penultimate event, The Autumn A2 550 and Pull The Plug gaining his eleventh career victory when clocking 28.94 in the concluding Red Mills Getting Out A1 525.
Lady Long Heir is a daughter of Hondo Black and Me Margaret trained by Derek Kehoe for the Long Hair Syndicate c/o Mick English whilst Pull The Plug is a son of Big Daddy Cool and Boraderra Babe trained by David Whelan for Cahir owner Neil Carey.
Race 1 (A5) - The 2/1 joint favourite Leamaneigh Kevin got off the mark at the fourth attempt by making all the running in the red jacket to defeat market rival Charity Bobby by two lengths with Amandas Minx running on well in the concluding stages to take third spot another two and a half lengths back. Inform Cashel enthusiast Matthew Ryan owns and trains the winner a son of Hondo Black and Leamaneigh Beag whose winning clock was 29.46.
Race 2 (S2/S3) – Another 2/1 joint favourite and trap one runner Nomadic Jester owned and trained in Clonmel by Elizabeth Lonergan led at the second turn and ran on in fine style to defeat Loughlea Rosie and Holding by two lengths and a neck in 16.63.
Race 3 (A4 550) – Dead Silence a daughter of Cabra Cool and Ted Set Go owned and trained in Ballymacarbry by Henning Olesen made every yard of the running and saw out the 550 trip in style to account for Slaneyside Maestro and the 2/1 favourite Shaneboy Pearl by two lengths and a length and a half in 30.66.
Race 4 (A4) – Shaneboy Allen was a warm order at 4/6 but was tardy from traps as the 3/1 chance Loughteen Pearl broke very fast before making all the running to contain the late challenge of the running on jolly by a length and a half in a career best 29.04.
Mount Hawk Fawn took third place some three lengths farther back.
Race 5 (A3 550) – Easy to back at 3/1 White Feather owned and trained locally by Fergus Flynn made all the running from trap one and although taking a wide course was always in control before keeping on resolutely to hold the challenge of Granada Flash which finished on the hare rail.
Race 6 – The Supporters Club A3.
Jaguar Greg was the 6/4 favourite to break his maiden at the sixth attempt and the son of Scarty Lad and Happy Melody obliged but only just. He was very fast from traps and led from Newbridge Lad and Dusky Ted as they turned down the back straight. Dead Real which had been baulked at the first challenged Moonroe Exchange for second spot on the home straight and with the favourite now all out a gripping finish ensued. To the relief of his supporters Jaguar Greg held on by half a length from the flying Dead Real with Moonroe Exchange the same distance back in third.
Race 7 – The Sporting Press A2 525.
Another favourite obliged here in the shape of the 5/4 chance Balintagart Star which came in as a reserve. This son of Tyrur Ted and Hooch Babe improved to lead off the final bend and race away for a two length win over Arabian Gary with Blackstone Aviva making up considerable late ground to finish five lengths back in third. .
Race 8 – The Autumn A2 550.
Lady Long Heir was very fast away in the white jacket and this daughter of Hondo Black and Me Margaret was always in control to account for Lomus Divine and Ballycaum Blackie by two and a half and one and a half lengths in a smashing 30.18.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out A1 525.
Pull The Plug a 2/1 chance was another to make all the running on the night and the son of Big Daddy Cool and Boraderra Babe is proving a fine servant to his connections as he underlined when clocking 28.94 to gain an eleventh career win. He came home unchallenged five lengths clear of River Ace with Vics Romance a short head back in third just a neck ahead of the favourite Shaneboy Silas.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, 4th October
Cashel enthusiasts Joseph Power and Patrick Ryan again claimed much of the limelight on a card which featured the semi-finals of The Autumn Unraced Stake. Three comrades from the successful Vans Escalade and Musical Beauty litter had qualified for those semi-finals and their main hopes of winning the stake had rested with Glenpadden Pearl in the opening heat. However, this impressive first round winner was sold during the week and was an absentee from the opening leg which saw Heres Patch defeat more fancied rivals in 29.64. The Power and Ryan combination were doubly represented by Glenpadden Lodge and Glenpadden Crew in the second semi but had to be satisfied with the minor honours as Brunswick Reg owned locally by the Brunswick Boyos Syndicate held the persistent challenge of Glenpadden Lodge by a short head with Glenpadden Crew four lengths back in third place. The winning time of 29.22 was a best of the night clock over the standard trip. The Cashel men did not go home empty handed, however, as another member of their talented litter Glenpadden Lake had earlier broken her maiden when taking the Red Mills A5 in a smart 29.28.
The top performance on the card was posted in an S5 or lower sprint by a newcomer to the venue Drumgower Major which put his rivals to the sword with a blistering trap to line success in 16.25. The son of Cabra Cool and Drumgower Ruby is owned and trained in Thurles by Michael Minchin.
Race 1 (A8/A9) – Cloneen Bolt a son of Crash and Whitegate Sense owned and trained in Cloneen by Alan Britton was 2/1 favourite to get backers off to a successful start and he obliged in no uncertain manner. Very fast away in the white jacket Cloneen Bolt opened up a big lead over the field and showed no signs of stopping as he coasted to an impressive seven and a half length win over Stanleys Choice with Lady Midnight two lengths back in third spot. Race 2 (S5 or Lower) – Drumgower Major was easy to back at 5/2 but he toyed with his rivals and surged to an eye catching six and a half length success over Arboy Lilly in an open class 16.25. Strides Shadow took the third place some five lengths behind the runner-up in a well strung out field.
Race 3 (A7) – The odds-on Thommy Spots a son of Droopys Scolari and Ciaras Turbo owned and trained in Cashel by John Ryan made all the running to break his maiden at the eighth attempt. Aherlow Minister chased the leader for much of the trip but lost second spot to the strong finishing Farrock Express on the run for home.
Race 4 (A6) – The wide running Arboy Niamh one of four co-favourites at 2/1 overcame her trap one draw by making every post a winning one. The daughter of Black Shaw and Arboy Paudie owned and trained in Mullinahone by Seamus Maher enjoyed a tidy lead throughout and although runner-up Vale Silver made up good ground on the run for home two and a half lengths separated them as they crossed the line.
Race 5 (S1/S2) – In contrast to the earlier S5 event this two bender was won in 16.57.
The spoils went to the 3/1 chance Dream On Billy which made all the running to gain an overdue success for his Aherlow owner/trainer Dominic Frewen a great supporter of the Suirside track. Dream On Billy a Mar ’08 son of Razldazl Billy and Mellison Duchess was gaining a fifth a career win and he held on well to account for the 6/4 favourite North Brigade by a length and a half with Humble Charlie a short head way in third place.
Race 6 – The Red Mills A5 525.
Glenpadden Lake was the 6/4 market leader and had it all to do after being slowly away. Knocknaboha Har set the pace from Brindle Piper and the favourite got into a challenging position at the penultimate bend before taking a wide course. Knocknaboha Har stayed on gamely but Glenpadden Lake led near the line to take the spoils by half a length with Coolbeggan Ruby seven lengths back in third.
Races 7 & 8 – The Semi-Finals of The Autumn Unraced Stake.
Shaneboy Penny came in as a reserve in the red jacket in place of Glenpadden Pearl in the opening leg for which her litter brother Shaneboy Sheldon went off the even money jolly. This one met an amount of trouble as Hold On Champ led from Heres Patch which took control off the final bend to take the spoils from his rival by three lengths with Plain Toffee a length back in third. The winner which clocked 29.64 is a son of Broadacres Turbo and Dromroe Rita owned and trained in Fethard by Elizabeth Sives.
It was 5/4 each of two in the second heat and the market leaders had it between them from an early stage. Brunswick Reg enjoyed a narrow advantage allthe way and the pair served up a thrilling tussle with the leader just holding the persistent challenge of a brave Glenpadden Lodge by the narrowest of margins. Glenpadden Crew stayed on to finish four lengths back in third and join his sibling in the decider. The winner is a son of Crash and Hather Rose and his clock was a smart 29.22. He is owned and trained locally by the Brunswick Boyos Syndicate.