Clonmel Track – Sunday, September 30
The 2,000 euro to the winner Queen of the Suir A2/A3 Bitch Stake, generously sponsored by the Track Supporters Club, has been a great competition and it ended on a high note with a very impressive win for the red sheeted Scala Fiona which made ever yard of the running and was never seriously challenged as she swept to a two and a half length success over the strong finishing American Trip with Glengall Girl the same distance back in third place. The winner clocked a smashing 29.03 to gain her seventh career victory. The daughter of Vans Escalade and Kilara Fiona is owned and trained in Kilmallock by Joe Brazill.
The top performance of the session was posted by the Michael J. O’Donovan trained Laughil George which took the concluding Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1 event in a career best 28.83.
Race 1 (A4) – Punters got away to a successful start with the success of Melodys Ace which came in as a reserve in the red jacket and was well supported to 4/6 favourite. This son of Ace Hi Rumble and Pretty Nicola trained by Timothy O’Donovan for Ballylongford owner Patrick Collins created a good impression as he had only one behind him on the back straight but showed a fine turn of foot on the outside between the final bends to challenge and lead off the last and score by half a length from Marlfield Rosie.
Race 2 (S3/S4) – Fieldstone Lad (Crash-Tyrur Danielle) made every yard of the running in the orange jacket to gain his second career success for Windgap owner/trainer Kieran Purcell. This 6/4 chance was challenged at the first bend by Practical Brink and the even money favourite Early Lucy but both of these rivals ran into trouble and it was left to Loughlea Rosie to chase the leader home. A length separated them at the line and the third place was filled by the recovering Practical Brink.
Race 3 (A3) – River Gem went off the market leader at 6/4 and looked a sure fire winner when heading Mister Oh at the third bend. The latter a sprint winner at the track in August came again however and, with the new leader finding little, ran on best to score by two lengths with Pressure Galore flying at the finish to take third following first bend trouble.
Race 4 (A3) – Killinan Joy, a daughter of Hondo Black and Tracys Wildberry, without a win from her eleven starts at last came good for her Thurles owner/trainer Joe Mc Ilhone by scooting clear off the opening bends to leave her rivals toiling in her wake. She came home unchallenged by two and a half lengths from Sunoak Riana with Myles Is Back a length and a half back in third spot.
Race 5 (A2) – Highview Echo, a Shelbourne winner in 28.80, returned to her best with a gritty display that saw off all challengers. In front from traps the red sheeted daughter of Crash and Highview Seeker, owned and trained in New Inn by Pamela Holt stayed on in style to hold the persistent efforts of Farranrory Zak by half a length with Arabian Gary running on well for third ahead of the disappointing odds-on favourite Balintagart Star.
Race 6 (A2) – Spruce Suarez, easy to back at 3/1, was another trap to line winner. Only two counted as the leader was pursued throughout by the tenacious Blackstone Aviva with the remainder well beaten off. Spruce Suarez (Head Bound-Spruce Minnie) kept pulling out a little more and had half a length to spare over his rival at the line with the third home Amy Eile some five lengths back.
Race 7 – The Sporting Press A1. Trainer Niall Dunne and owner Daniel P. Greene are a formidable partnership and they took this event with the even money favourite Drive Ahead (Ace Hi Rumble – No Joke Sherry) led at the third bend but was at full stretch to hold the strong finisher Vics Romance by a neck. The pair finished three and a half lengths clear of the third placed Aussie Vintage.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out A0/A1.
Head South was fancied to complete a double for the Dunne/Greene partnership but found one too good on the night in the shape of Laughil George which led off the second bend and stayed on well to score by two lengths from Head South in a career best 28.83.
Clonmel Track – Thursday, September 27
Cashel enthusiasts Joseph Power and Patrick Ryan together with four unraced siblings from the Jan ’11 litter by Vans Escalade ex Musical Beauty took the meeting by storm by chalking up a tally of three splendid wins and a third placing. Their Glenpadden Isle set the ball rolling when romping to a seven length success and clocking a fastest of the night 29.25 in the third race, an A7 event. Their other three runners ran in the heats of the opening round of the Autumn Unraced Stake and after Glenpadden Pearl had taken the first leg in 29.31, Glenpadden Crew ran on well to take third place in the second heat. The wwinning treble was completed by Glenpadden Lodge which clocked 29.34 when easily taking the third and final heat.
The only non 525 race on the card, an S5 or lower sprint, looked a modest event with the six runners all seeking to break their maiden after a total of thirty races. Smart Jack was the one who took the spoils in just holding the challenge of Practical Dolly by a head and the eye catching winning time of 16.38 was enough to promote the duo to open class.
Race 1 (A8/A9) – Caoimhes Pet and Jogon Bonnie were the only winners in the line up and they dominated the event. The former a daughter of Droopys Maldini and Montos Tricks led from traps from traps and made all the running to hold the strong late run of Jogon Bonnie by a neck in 29.90. The third home the favourite Miss Lily Mae finished some eight and a half lengths behind the principals. Caoimhes Pet is owned and trained in Carrick-on-Suir by Catherine Tobin.
Race 2 (S5 or Lower) – Spartan Jack and Practical Dolly had it between them from trap rise and the former just held the persistent challenge of his rival by a head in a smashing open class 16.38. The favourite Bright Sean took third place a length and a half adrift of the runner-up.
Race 3 (A7) – Glenpadden Isle was the 5/4 favourite and she had plenty to do after being tardy from traps and moving off the opening bend from her trap one slot.. Clonbalt Mick made the running from Leamaneigh Kevin but the favourite showed fine back straight pace to mount a challenge at the third bend before surging clear on the run for home to score impressively by seven lengths from Leamaneigh Kevin with Pepper Jack a length back in third place.
Races 4 to 6 – Heats 1 to 3 of The Autumn Unraced Stake Round One. (Four to Qualify)
Heat 1 - Following the fine win of his sister in the previous race Glenpadden Pearl went off joint favourite at 2/1 with Shaneboy Sheldon. The latter was very fast away in contrast to his market rival which made up good ground to take third place behind Shaneboy Sheldon and Hold On Hexan off the second turn. Glenpadden Pearl motored in the closing stages to lead off the last bend and win going away by a length and a half from Shaneboy Sheldon with Hold On Hexan and Heres Patch taking the minor placings.
Heat 2 – Indie Illusion made much of the running but was picked up by Brunswick Red which took over on the rails at the third bend and ran on strongly to defeat the early leader by three lengths with Glenpadden Crew also finishing well after first bend trouble to gain third spot another three lengths back. The fourth qualifying place was claimed by Claddagh Boy. Brunswick Red was a popular winner for the local Brunswick Boys Syndicate and the son of Crash and Hather Rose stopped the clock 29.27.
Heat 3 – Glenpadden Lodge tracked the leader Hold On Champ and ran right away in the closing stages to score by six and a half lengths and complete a great treble for his connections. Hold On Champ lived up to his name by holding second spot by a short head from Shaneboy Violla with Plain Toffee the final qualifier. The winning time was 29.34.
Race 7 – The Sporting Press A6.
Jackamo was the 5/2 jolly in an open betting race and this local runner attempted to make every post a winning one. However he was caught in the final strides by Toohottoohandle and went under by the narrowest of margins in an exciting finish.
Lisnakill Fergus finished five and a half lengths back in third.
Race 8 – The Red Mills Slan Abhaile A5.
There was carnage at the opening bend where Burtonport Pearl, Tooquicktoosee and Lady Libby were all knocked over. Kingtone May escaped most of the trouble and emerged with a clear lead over Half a Sleep which in turn was clear of Bellagors Breeze.
This order was maintained to the line where the official distances were 14 lengths and a length and a half. The winner a daughter of Droopys Maldini and Kingtone Lilymay owned and trained in Clogheen by Paul King clocked 29.57 to gain her third career success.