Clonmel Track – Sunday, December 9
A classy card featured the semi-finals of what is a very interesting Munster Veterans A1/A2 525 Stake which boasts a four figure winner’s prize. Karin Milling sponsors the event together with Maurice Organ and she has a very live prospect of taking the spoils with Fifis Whitesox which took the opening semi in 28.96. The second leg was won very gamely from trap to line by the consistent Witches Peter in 29.05. Other highlights of the session included a fine double for trainer Niall Dunne, an eye catching 16.28 run from Seaview Mandy in the Open 300 and a best of the session 28.86 clock from Slaneyside Moon in the concluding Red Mills Getting Out (Open/A1) 525.
Race 1 (N2/A7) – Movealong Bold went off the even money market leader to score for Willie Barry but his market rival the 6/4 chance Jumeirah Joyce stepped up considerably on her maiden 30.21 win to clock a decent 29.35 for his Athenry owner/trainer Jimmy Buckley. This daughter of Premier Fantasy and Droopys Just Hot came from off the pace to readily account for Windmill Beauty and the favourite by a length and a half and three and a half lengths.
Race 2 (Open 300) – Kilgraney Hondo headed the market at even money but this eight time winner lost his chance with first bend trouble as the top class and well supported 7/4 chance Seaview Mandy put her rivals to the sword by clocking a smashing 16.28. Owned jointly by Nioclas and Padraig Walsh the daughter of Royal Impact and Battle On Mandychalked up her twentieth career win by romping to a four and a half length success over Greenane Bingo with Scolari Mark a length and a half away in third spot.
Race 3 (A4) – The layers went 5/2 the field and it was Stanleys Dream in the red jacket which landed the spoils to give Niall Dunne the first leg of his fine double. Owned in Cashel by Thomas Barrett, Stanleys Dream a son of Flying Stanley and Margarets Hill made it three wins from seven runs by clocking a career best 29.37 in defeating Mount Hawk Fawn and Nomadic Jester by four and a half lengths and three lengths.
Race 4 (A2 550) – Larry Harding’s smashing Hometown Boy Nga-Bay City Ruby litter is enjoying a highly successful run in Clonmel and recent 525 stake winner Bay City Mojo stepped up in distance to land the spoils at odds of 7/4. He stopped the clock in a very useful 30.19 to defeat Dead Real by two and a half lengths with the third place filled a length further back by Express Hero.
Race 5 - The Sporting Press Novice 790.
The punters got it bang on here as the 4/6 chance Wee Nikita a winner over 600 yards in Thurles on her last outing landed the odds by two lengths from Sadies Impact with the remainder well strung out behind. Amandas Mix stayed on to take the third place some seven and a half lengths in arrears of the runner-up. Owned and trained in Ballingarry by Joy Sanders the winner is a daughter of Blackstone Gene and Wee Paris and her winning clock was a very useful 44.99.
Race 6 – The Supporters Club A1/A2 525.
Although narrowly preferred in the betting market by Bay City Impact (5/4f) Kilara Gold at odds of 6/4 left no doubt about his superiority on track with a fluent three lengths success to land the double for trainer Niall Dunne. The son of Crash and Tyrur Eve owned by Daniel P. Greene chalked up his third winning bracket and was followed home by the favourite and Amandas Desire. He posted an impressive career best 28.89.
Races 7 & 8 – The Munster Veterans A1/A2 525 Stake Semi-Finals. (Kindly sponsored by Karin Milling and Maurice Organ).
Sponsor Karin Milling took the first semi-final with her great servant Fifis Whitesox (Droopys Scolari-Hold On Angel) which finished strongly to gain his fourteenth career win in 28.96. Guitar Moment was in front as they headed down the back straight pursued by The Other Year and Fifis Whitesox which took closer order at the penultimate turn.
Fifis Whitesox was in command on the run to the line and finished three lengths clear of a staying Sandyhill Crash with The Other Year taking the third qualifying place.
Easy to back at 3/1 Witches Peter which loves the Clonmel circuit led from traps and saw off all challengers with a gutsy performance in the second heat. The favourite Glenanore and The Other Sky always had the leader under pressure but he kept responding and took the spoils from his rivals by a length and the same in 29.05. The son of Witches Ri and Witches Star owned and trained in Shangarry by Patrick Walsh was gainin a sixteenth winnin bracket.
Race 9 – The Red Mills Getting Out Open/A1 525.
The honour of posting the best clock of the session went to Borrisoleigh enthusiast Geoff Parnaby whose Slaneyside Moon followed up his recent success at the venue with a three length win over the local hope Brunswick Jenny and Dreamers Fantasy in a career best 28.86. The son of Shaneboy Lee and Forest Kay is now a four time winner and he may well be capable of landing a hat-trick on his next outing.
Run of the Week – The choice is Slaneyside Moon which posted the best time of the week’s only meeting at Clonmel.
One to Watch – Sadies Impact (Royal Impact-Sadie Vieri) which ran a big race following early trouble in the 750 event can be followed on her next outing over a marathon trip.