Clonmel Track -
Sunday, January 20
A bitterly cold but thankfully dry evening yielded top class sport which was highlighted by a magnificent treble from Fraser Black and The Diamonds Are Forever Syndicate who took the Connollys Red Mills Open Unraced Stake by storm winning three of the four quarter-final heats at cumulative odds of almost 32/1.
Having taken the opening heat with the 5/2 chance Senior Cup in 28.89 they sensationally followed up with their 3/1 chance Plus Five which conquered the unbeaten odds-on Glenanore Dancer by two lengths in 28.84. Not represented in the third heat which was won in 28.86 by Pat Dalton’s Bouncy Castle, Black and his Syndicate ended the evening on a memorable note when their 5/4 joint favourite Ashford Castle emerged as the only unbeaten hound remaining in the stake by romping to a five length win an a fastest of the session 28.65.
The semi-finals of the 5,300 euro to the winner stake will be run, supported by a super under card on next Sunday, and with the added attraction of the track’s superb new facilities open to all it should prove a night to remember.
Races 1 & 2 - Heats 1 & 2 of The Suirview Kennels A2 Stake Round 1.
Ronaldo Supreme and Hellroad Hawkeye were the joint favourites at 7/4 for the first heat and the punters got it right as the pair filled the first two places. Minor June and River Ace were first to show but the red sheeted Ronaldo Supreme got a great run round the opening bend and led from River Ace as they entered the back straight. Hellroad Hawkeye made progress to challenge at the third bend but the leader kept on strongly to record a two length success over his market rival which held the strong finish of Jays Kaiser to hold second place by half a length. Owen McKenna trains the winner a son of Hondo Black and Race On Katie for Riverstick owner Lorraine Moore and the time was 29.20.
Those successful connections had high hopes of recording a quick double with a litter brother of their first winner Footprintsinthesand in the second heat but had to be satisfied with third place behind the 5/2 winner Lachteens Shaw. After Coolbeg Gemma had shown in front from traps Poetic Lord led Footprintsinthesand and Lachteens Shaw off an opening turn that saw the other three runners effectively out of the race after a big pileup. Poetic Lord enjoyed a good lead from Lachteens Shaw as they approached the third bend but the latter finished with a flourish to mow the leader down on the home straight and storm clear for a two length success over that rival with Footprintsinthesand the same distance back in third some eleven lengths clear of the remaining runners. Owned in Grenagh by Donal Vaughan (Snr.) and trained by Tom O’Neill, Lachteens Shaw (Black Shaw-Marbeck Star) has been a prolific winner for connections clocking 29.10 to gain his eleventh career success.
Race 3 – The Charity Jack Memorial Open 790 Stake Round 1 Heat 2.
Varra Swallow was a warm order at 1/2 and this daughter of Westmead Hawk and Varra Lark proved a very impressive winner for the Doon based P. & A. Coffey Syndicate. Big Momma Pumpkin led from traps with the favourite in second spot before opening up and surging clear to enjoy a good lead. Showing no signs of stopping she surged to a six and a half length win over Big Momma Pumpin with Greenisle Molly running on well to take third two and a half lengths behind the runner-up ahead of the fourth qualifier Feed Me Oysters. The winning clock was a very smart 44.25.
Races 4 & 5 – Heats 3 & 4 of The Suirview Kennels A2 Stake Round 1.
The third leg saw Sparta Blue an outsider at 4/1 come from the next parish to catch the flattering 7/4 favourite Piercestown Sean and score by a length in 28.94. The runner-up was very fast away and he seemed home and hosed when enjoying a big lead over Knight Rider on the back straight. The eventual winner was a moderate fifth approaching the penultimate turn but she came home like the proverbial train to win going away. Third place was filled by Knight Rider which finished three and a half lengths in arrears of the leading pair. Sparta Blue owned and trained in Faithlegg by the Gough family is a daughter of Droopys Scolari and Newline Honcho and she was recording a ninth winning
bracket in a career best run.
In the final heat the 6/4 market leader bred in the purple Paradise Pearl (Head Bound-Paradise Alanna) showed great acceleration to challenge the leader Spruce Suarez at the third bend and surge clear to defeat a strong finishing Carrowkeal Keano by two and a half lengths in a cracking 28.79. Spruce Suarez held on for third spot four lengths back.
The very impressive winner was having just the third run of her career and looks one for the notebook. She is trained by Michael J. O’Donovan for Miltown-Malbay enthusiast Sean Meade.
Race 6 – The Charity Jack Memorial Open 790 Stake Round 1 Heat 3.
The Peter Cronin trained Michaels Gift edged favouritism over last year’s Suirside Stayers Stake winner Golden Graze but it was the latter which took the spoils in an exciting contest. Incitatus was the early leader until Golden Graze took control and as they approached the penultimate bend Michaels Gift closed on the leading duo with the remainder out of contention. In a great run to the line the favourite put in a huge effort as Incitatus was first to crack but Golden Graze kept pulling out a little more and took the spoils by half a length and a length from his rivals in 44.61. The game winner is a daughter of Crash and Longford Lady trained by Martin Reville for Kildare owner Brendan Curran.
Races 7 to 10 – The Connollys Red Mills Open Unraced Stake Round 3 Heats 1 to 4.
Heat 1 - Screen Critic headed the market at 7/4 but first to show was Suzie Cute which led from Screen Critic and Senior Cup with the trio some lengths clear of Bar the Joker as they ran the back straight. Senior Cup took second spot approaching the third turn and led from Screen Critic and Suzie Cut between the final bends with Bar The Joker closing in behind. In a great run to the line Senior Cup held the big challenge of Screen Critic by half a length with Bar The Joker a length back in third just half a length in front of Suzie Cute. The winner a son of head Bound and Jazz Legend stopped the clock in 28.89 to initiate a wonderful treble for Fraser Black and The Diamonds Are Forever Syndicate at odds of 5/2.
Heat 2 – Glenanore Dancer was a 4/6 chance to retain his unbeaten record and Plus Five was 3/1 to complete a quick double for Fraser Black and his Syndicate. Seventh Heaven, Glenanore Dancer and Plus Five all showed good early and there was little between them at the opening turn with the former enjoying a slight advantage. Glenanore Dancer surged to the front off the second turn from Plus Five as Seventh Heaven quickly lost his place but in a matter of strides the whole complexion of the race changed as Plus Five
zoomed past the favourite and struck for home. Hard though the jolly tried the leader was not for stopping and ran on in great style to defeat Glenanore Dancer by two lengths with Shaneboy Gina running on to take the third semi-final place two and a half lengths back. The winner a son of Brett Lee and Tyrur Novita clocked 28.84 in completing a superb double for his connections.
Heat 3 – Ardrahan Zebo at 6/4 and Speed Agreed at 7/4 were the big two but both failed to qualify in a good event for the layers. Carrigoon Law led but failed to clear the bend and Speed Agreed briefly showed in front before Ardrahan Zebo took up the running on the back straight. Bouncy Castle showed fine pace to challenge at the penultimate turn and this son of College Causeway and Dark Sienna a 4/1 chance took up the running off the final bend to storm clear and score by three lengths and a length from Carrigoon Law and Island Flyer who both finished well after early trouble. Ardrahan Zebo faded on the run for home and failed by half a length to gain a qualifying place. Bouncy Castle owned and trained by Pat Dalton continues to improve and his winning clock was a career best 28.86. Any further improvement in his trapping would see him as a serious contender for outright honours in this fascinating stake.
Heat 4 – In common with the Gospel of the day the good wine was kept till last as Fraser Black and the Diamonds Are Forever Syndicate completed a magnificent treble in the best possible manner with the 5/4 joint favourite Ashford Castle now the only unbeaten hound remaining in the competition. This one’s market rival Ballyhill Beryl led at the first bend but the favourite after a slow start really showed his paces and although not hitting the front until meeting the home straight he shot clear to defeat Ballyhill Beryl by five lengths in a fastest of the session 28.65. The 12/1 outsider Christys Bolt finished well to account for better fancied rivals and take third place a length and a half behind the runner-up. The highly impressive winner is a son of Blackstone Gene and Droopys Laramie and like Bouncy Castle in the previous heat slicker trapping would further enhance his already high rating.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, 17th Januarry
An opening A3/A4 graded race which saw the 7/4 chance Piercetown Lucy produce an eye catching 28.96 run set the standard for a great evening’s sport that featured the opening heats of major stakes to be completed during the Coursing Festival weekend.
The highlight of the session was a brilliant performance from the Dolores Ruth trained Razldazl Marliyn which stormed to a thirteen length win in the first heat of the Charity Jack Memorial Open 790 Stake in a new track record of 44.00.
Other highlights on a night which saw The Dazzling Syndicate and Graham Holland complete fine doubles included a smashing 28.69 run from Melodys Diamond in the second heat of The Broadway Pet Foods Open Bitch Stake and a very convincing 29.95 success for Cabra Buck in the third heat of The Sporting Press A1 550 Stake.
Race 1 (A3/A4) – This event yielded a cracking start to the session and a most impressive performance from the 2/1 joint favourite Piercestown Lucy. The Aug ’11 daughter of Westmead Hawk and Piercestown Pet was contesting only her third race following two impressive successes in Enniscorthy and she tracked the fast starting Sarahs Turbo from trap rise before challenging between the final bends and scooting clear of her rival for a length and a half win in a smashing career best 28.96. The pair finished six and a half lengths ahead of the third home Stanleys Dream. Piercestown Lucy looks an exciting prospect for owner Thomas Coleman and trainer Ronald Shinkwin.
Races 2 to 5 – Heats 1 to 4 of The Sporting Press A1 550 Stake Round 1.
Heat 1 – The layers went 5/2 the field and after Robbiesgoneagain had led from traps the 4/1 chance Kippers Star took over off the opening bend and held the strong challenge of that rival by a length with Melodys Ace doing his best work in the closing stages to finish just a short head back in third. A daughter of Hondo Black and Kippers Doll trained by Jim Scully for Mooncoin owner Kieran O’Brien the winner now boasts a splendid strike rate of five wins from seven runs and her winning time was 30.28.
Heat 2 – Skip Soda (Hondo Black-Paradise Alanna) was the even money favourite to take the spoils for Tom Smyth and Maurice Jackson and he duly obliged in fine style. Fiancee Alsation was first to show but Skip Soda was never far off the pace before challenging at the penultimate turn and racing clear to score by three and a half lengths from Grayslands Barney with the early leader a length and a half away in third spot. Trained by Frances O’Donnell, Skip Soda was gaining his eighth career win in posting a useful 30.13.
Heat 3 - Cabra Buck, sporting four wins from his seven starts, was a warm order at 1/2
and made all the running to set the standard in the stake with a smashing 29.95 run.
Though edging a little wide from his trap three berth the son of Big Daddy Cool and Cabra Belle, trained by Graham Holland for Bart Heil from Rotterdam, was always in command as he sped to a convincing six and a half length win from Glenanore which just held the runner-up spot by half a length from a fast finishing Strides Rumble.
Heat 4 - The admirable Highway Echo owned and trained in New Inn by Pamela Holt caused an upset in overturning the hotpot Coolard Chief. The jolly looked to have every chance tracking the hat-trick seeking Highview Echo from traps. However, it soon became apparent that the leader was full of running and she motored clear to score by three and a half lengths in a career best 30.18. Kellsboro Crafty, an A5 winner in Clonmel on his last run, finished well to take second place with the disappointing Coolard Chief a length back in third. Highview Echo a daughter of Crash and Highview Seeker, was gaining her eighth winning bracket in completing a stylish hat-trick over the trip.
Race 6 – Heat 1 of The Charity Jack Memorial Open 790 Stake Round 1.
Razldazl Marilyn was a warm order at 1/2 and this daughter of Kinloch Brae and Dundooan Diva made a huge impression by making all the to run her rivals ragged. Always enjoying a clear advantage Dolores Ruth’s charge crossed the line some thirteen lengths clear of her nearest rival Hi Wee Buns which in turn had two and a half lengths in hand of the third home Benro Sparky with Spot The Hawk taking the fourth qualifying spot. Owned in Rathdangan by the Dazzling Syndicate Razldazl Marilyn stopped the clock in a new track record of 44.00 which was six spots inside the previous best which was posted by Usual Story on 26th August last.
Races 7 to 10 – Heats 1 to 4 of The Broadway Pet Foods Open Bitch Stake Round 1.
Heat 1 – Tyra Cool headed the market at evens but missed the break and was badly baulked at the first bend as Mad Moll Mc made the early running until the 6/4 chance Razldazl Amy surged clear off the opening turn. The 25/1 outsider Late Arrival was the leader’s nearest rival on the back straight and she finished very strongly but unfortunately for her supporters lived up to her name as she failed by a head to catch the jolly. Forrachmore ran on to take third place two lengths in arrears of the runner-up. The winner a daughter of Razldazl Billy and Local Mol was completing a quick double for the Dazzling Syndicate. She is trained by Nelius O’Connell and her winning time was 29.13.
Heat 2 – Cabra Millie was the 4/6 market leader to complete a Graham Holland double but on the night that class act had no answer to Melodys Diamond her market rival at 6/4.
Cheerful Lil was first to show but off the opening bends Melodys Diamond was clear of Cabra Millie and she piled on the pressure to build up a five and a half lead over the jolly at the line. Freedom Serrano took the third spot two and a half lengths back. The very impressive winner, is trained by Declan Byrne for Ballylongford owner Patrick Collins and she stopped the clock in a splendid 28.69.
Heat 3 – The layers got a result here as the 7/1 outsider Greyfriars Holly made all the running in a four bitch event to defeat an in the wars 4/5 favourite Brunswick Jenny by a length in 29.08. Third spot was claimed by Skywalker Kate which was another to experience a troubled run. Kilmanagh enthusiast Breda Dalton owns and trains the daughter of Ace Hi Rumble and Blossom Hill Jen..
Heat 4 – Favourite backers got back on track with the success of the 5/4 market leader Rockburst Delta which completed the Graham Holland double by leading at the penultimate bend and staying on well to account for Jaytee Dancer by a length with the pair finishing four lengths clear of the other qualifier Skywalker Silk. The winner was gaining the ninth success of her career and the daughter of Head Bound and Farantane Sinead clocked 29.03. She is owned by Tommy Caffrey and Ian Stuart McGinn.