Clonmel Track -
Sunday, November 20
An evening which began with torrential rain, which thankfully cleared, saw punters go home happy following the success of six winning favourites and a joint favourite.
The nine race card also yielded three sub 29.00 runs highlighted by a brilliant display from Rival Reward which powered to a trap to line win in the second semi-final of the Track Supporters Club Guys & Dolls A3 525 Yard Stake in a smashing 28.77. The first semi-final had been won by Bandicoot Katie in 29.06 and the other winners who clocked impressive runs were Lewcas Thunder a 28.82 winner of the Irish Examiner A1 Race and Ballybawn Boro which recorded 28.92 in the concluding Red MIlls Getting Out Open.
Race 1 (A5) - After the outsider Kilkenny Beech had set the pace the 6/4 joint favourite Highview Trail took control at the third bend and raced away to defeat the early leader by four and a half lengths in 29.60. The daughter of Kincloch Brae and Highway Classic was gaining her second career win for her New Inn based owner/trainer Pamela Holt.
Race 2 (S0-S2) - The 3/1 chance Sunset Shaw owned and trained locally by Thomas Drohan made all the running in the white jacket staying on in fine style to defeat Helens Captain and Dysert Special by a length and two lengths in 16.67.
Race 3 (A3) - Another local runner Mahogany Boy owned and trained by Roger White was supported to 6/4 favouritism and gave his supporters no worries by making all the running and putting his rivals to the sword with an eight and a half length winning margin over runner-up Master Magoo.
Race 4 (2) - The Owen McKenna trained Nadal Supreme went off the 7/4 market leader and having taken over from Lefanta Jo at the opening turn stayed on the better to account for that rival by two and a half lengths with Greenane Misty two lengths adrift in third place.
Race 5 - The Irish Examiner A1 525 - Lewcas Thunder owned in Kilsheelan by Andrew Fisher and handled by Peter Stead was supported to 2/1 favouritism and gave an eye-catching display by leading from trap to line in the white jacket and recording a smashing 28.82.
Race 6 - The Supporters Club A0/A1 550 - This yielded a fine performance from the 7/4 jolly Riverside Luke which took over from Milos Impact off the opening turn and scooted clear for an impressive six and a half length win over the gallant veteran Moreton Mercury in a very smart 30.01. Owned by the Marlfield based No Excuses Syndicaate the winner a son of College Causeway and Riverside Trixie is trained by James J. Frisby.
Races 7 & 8 - The Track Supporters Club Guys & Dolls A3 525 Stake Semi-Finals.
The first semi-final was confined to the Dolls and Lough Mellery at 2/1 shaded favouritism over the 5/2 shot Bandicoot Katie. Bandicoot Katie enjoyed a two length winning margin with Lough Mellery getting up to take second spot from Movealong Karen by half a length.
Rival Reward drawn in trap one was the 5/4 favourite in the Guys semi-final and his performance was just brilliant as he bounced out of the box and was always in control scooting home to a five and a half length win over Instant Touch with Auction House running on for third place a length and a half back.
Race 9 - The Red Mills Getting Out Open 525 - The evening ended on a high note with a smashing win from the well backed 7/4 favourite Ballybawn Boro.
Clonmel Track -
Thursday, 17th November
The 4/6 favourite Lolly’s Dolly proved an easy winner of the Clonmel Track Supporters A5/A6 550 Stake final to complete her hat trick having gone through the competition unbeaten. The daughter of Droopys Kewell and Hooch Babe made every yard of the running in the white jacket to come home five and a half lengths clear of the 5/2 second favourite Moreton Marauder with Dead Set Go getting up late to take the third spot ahead of kennel mate Punk Rock Girl.
The card also included the semi-finals of the Quirkes Jewellers and Track Supporters Club A7/A8 Stake semi-finals which were won by Colmyaro Rebel and Breeelusive.
Race 1 (A8/A9) - Cute Petal led to the opening turn but gave way to Meandhimself as they turned down the back straight and the new leader raced away to gain a two and a half length success over Livewire with Cute Petal the same distance back in third place. Owned and trained locally by Master Conor Prout the winner a daughter of Droopys Scolari and Turbo Flight clocked 30.23.
Race 2 (S5 or Lower) - Shaws Premier broke fast from the four box followed by Bradford Ruso and went on to spreadeagle the field to come home seven lengths clear of Sunoak Ebony with Runaway Cloe a head back in third spot. Cappawhite enthusiasts Jim Armshaw and Richard Barry are joint owners of the winner a son of Ace Hi Rumble and Shaws Review.
Race 3 (A6) - Kilnamack Prince which came in as a reserve in the blue jacket made all the running and was clear of early trouble to come home alone a distance ahead of Walkadoll with Affane College taking third place. The son of Ballymac Maeve and Kilnamack Star was registering his first success at the seventh attempt for local owner/trainer Kieran Pollard and he stopped the clock in 29.64.
Race 4 (A5) - Balabbey Ceaser in the striped jacket set out to make all the running but was tackled by Minor June and Town Clerk early in the back straight. The former led briefly but Town Clerk shot clear approaching the penultimate turn and looked to have the spoils in his grasp. However Boozed Barack (Royal Impact-Frosty Jo) finished strongly and led close home to get the verdict by half a length from Town Clerk with Balabbey Ceaser five and a half lengths back in third place.
Race 5 (S2-S4) - This proved a great battle between Snowey Hawk and Hillberry Kat. They were closely bunched to the bend from where the former showed just showed in front before being soon tackled by latter which edged ahead but Snowey Hawk came again to gain the honours by a length from his rival with Holding four lengths back in third place. The winner a son of Westmead Hawk and Blue Sapphire is trained by Ann Wade for the locally based Tom - Joe - Mick Syndicate.
Races 6 & 8 - The Semi-Finals of the Quirkes Jewellers & Track Supporters Club A7/A8 Stake.
In the opening heat Dysert Minstrel broke in front and led from Colmyaro Rebel and Greyfriars Angel on the back straight. It all changed between the final bends however as Colmyaro Rebel took up the running from the early leader and surged clear of Greyfriars Angel and Movealong Swing with the latter finishing well to take second from Greyfriars Angel some five and a half lengths in arrears of the impressive winner.
The second semi saw Marbies Benny set out to make all but he was tackled off the third bend by the easy to back 2/1 chance Breelusive which went on to defeat her rival by a length and a half with Eskimo Princess putting in her best work at the finish to take the third qualifying place.