Clonmel Track –
Sunday, 16th September
Another classy Sunday card produced a spate of outstanding performances over various distances. The trend was set in the sprint by Tom O’Neill’s odds-on Prop Joe which led at the first bend before scooting clear to score by two lengths in a very impressive 16.18.
Another hotpot Rathorpe Boss created a big impression when scoring from trap to line in an A3/A4 event over the standard distance by some six lengths in a brilliant career best 28.70. The semi-finals of the featured Track Supporters Club Open/A1 575 Stake both produced open class performances with the 3/1 chance Ohio Captain taking the first leg in a smashing 31.52 and the even money favourite White Soks Rocks following up in the second with a trap to line 31.56. The evening ended on a high note with another trap to line success this time from the 3/1 chance Rushmoor Grace which returned to her best form when recording 28.83 to gain a fourth career win from eight starts.
Two comrades from the Jan ’11 Head Bound-Creamery Mist litter both sporting the red jacket brought off a fine double for their connections with career best performances.
Creamery Panther an odds-on favourite took the opener in 29.25 and his sister Castlegale Hawk scored a runaway win in the fourth race in a very useful 29.07.
Race 1 (A4) – Creamery Panther owned and trained in Carrignavar by Anthony Mullins led off the opening bend despite being slow from traps and headed Bay City Opal and Pressure Galore on the back straight. The leader kept on in fine style to score by two and a half lengths with Pressure Galore finishing well to take second spot by a length from Bay City Opal.
Race 2 (SS0/S1) – Prop Joe which Tom O’Neill trains for the Glanworth based O’Donnells Bar Syndicate made it four wins from seven runs when leading at the first turn and racing away to take this sprint in very impressive style. Newbridge Lad again ran well to take second spot two lengths behind the winner and half a length ahead of Lyreen Quest.
Race 3 (A3/A4 575) - The layers went 4/1 bar Myles is Back (5/4) and River Cullen (6/4) and they got a result when Granada Flash led off the final bend and ran on well to defeat Minor Ballymac and River Cullen by two and a half lengths and three lengths in 32.13.
The winner a son of Hondo Dingle and Granada Girl owned and trained by Kilfeacle’s Patricia Tobin, a great supporter of the track, was breaking his maiden at the sixth attempt.
Race 4 (A3) – Castlegale Hawk owned and trained in Mitchelstown by John Barrett followed in the footsteps of her brother Creamery Panther when making all in the red jacket and surging to an impressive eight length success over Balintaggary Boy and Whitegatebugatti in a very useful career best 29.07. Race 5 (A3/A4) – Rathorpe Boss (Hometown Boy Nga-Rathorpe Baby) was the one they all wanted to be on and this four time winner made no mistake as he left his rivals for dead with an outstanding career best display which saw him stretch clear to come home unchallenged by six lengths from Heres The Bird and Mount Hawk Fawn.
Race 6 – The Sporting Press A2.
Another jolly obliged here in the shape of Matildas Daisy which made every post a winning one and saw off her only challenger Hot Chilli, which had run on well, by two lengths. The pair finished some twelve lengths clear of the third home Pass Her Kylie following a first bend pile-up. The winner a daughter of Crash and Melted Rose owned and trained by Vincent Walsh in Portlaw clocked a career best 28.93.
Races 7 & 8 – The Track Supporters Club Mini Open/A1 575 Semi-Finals.
In the first semi-final Pure Paphos was a 5/4 chance to follow up on his previous week’s impressive win but he lost all chance when baulked at the second bend and failed to qualify. Pegdeleg led on the back straight from Grayslands Barny and Lyreen Legend but it was Ohio Captain which had most in the tank and the son of Droopys Maldini and Jeffys Brindle flew home from the final bend to win impressively by a length and a half and half a length from Grayslands Barny and Pegdeleg.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, 13th September
Airmount Honey and Emma Honey emerged as the only unbeaten runners standing following the completion of the second round of the Queen of the Suir A2/A3 Bitch Stake sponsored by the Track Supporters Club. They clocked 29.01 and 29.10 in winning the opening heats but the third leg produced an upset when the 4/6 favourite and fastest first round winner Drive Ahead went under by a neck to the well supported Aherlow Flyer in 29.19. Another odds-on chance Glengall Girl had also to be satisfied with runner-up spot in the final heat which saw the 3/1 chance Dungill Pearl take the spoils impressively by a length in 29.03.
Race 1 (N2/N3) – Punters got off to a successful start with the success of the odds-on chance Cremartin Lark which is trained by Pat Buckley for Clogheen owner Noel Flanagan. This son of Slip The Lark and Tyrur Rachel was tardy from traps as Bellagors Breeze made the running from Farrock Express but showed good back straight pace to challenge and lead off the third bend before racing clear to score by four and a half lengths from Bellagors Breeze and Glenpadden Lake in 29.31.
Race 2 (S4/S6) – The layers went 5/2 the field and Charmed Gem gained her fifth career success by taking control at the second bend and going away to defeat Miss Ragatag and Coolbeggan Ruby by two lengths and six and a half length in 16.71. The daughter of Astronomic and Scartna Charm is owned and trained in Carrick-on-Suir by Tony Roche.
Race 3 – The market leader Mr. Geneology broke his maiden at the third time of asking with a trap to line success that had his opponents struggling from trap rise. Aherlow Minister took second spot some five and a half lengths in arrears of the clear cut winner and Loughteen Maeve finished a further four and a half lengths behind in a well strung out field.
Race 4 (A5/A5) – The locally owned and trained Jackamo which had disappointed when favourite on his last run gained compensation for the McLean family when leading at the opening bend in the red jacket and staying on stoutly to hold the strong challenge of Rocket Charley by half a length with Vale Silver a length back in third spot.
Races 5 to 8 – Heats 1 to 4 of The Queen of the Suir A2/A3 Bitch Stake Round 2.
Heat 1 - Coolbeg Gemma went off the 6/4 favourite but had a rough passage and never counted as Caras Friend led until Airmount Honey (T3 – 2/1) took over off the penultimate bend and raced clear of her rivals to record an impressive three length win over Nels Millie with Kilbriens Kerry a length away in third place.
Heat 2 – After American Trip had shown in front from traps another fast starter Emma Honey led her rival round the opening bend and the pair had a ding dong battle to the line as the field bunched up in the closing stages. The proverbial blanket would have covered the first five home as Emma Honey kept all challengers at bay with a neck success over a gallant American Trip. Scala Fiona was half a length behind in third place the same distance in front of a flying Miss Gold Bars which in turn was just a short head in front of Svetas Jewel.
Heat 3 – The 4/6 favourite Drive Ahead led off the second bend from Music Muse and looked like winning with something in hand. However, she failed to live up to her name and lost out by a neck in another blanket finish to the flying Aherlow Flyer with Music Muse a neck away in third just a short in head in front of Highview Echo.
Heat 4 – The 3/1 chance Dungill Pearl recovered from trouble at the opening turn to finish in great style and account for the leader and odds-on favourite Glengall Girl by a length in another exciting climax. The third qualifying place was filled by Murdaniel Tune which had come in as a reserve.