Clonmel Sunday September 9
The evening began on a joyous note with Racing Manager Eddie Anderson extending congratulations on behalf of the track to Frances and Matt O’Donnell and all connected with the superb success of Skywalker Puma in the Ladbrokes Irish Derby Final. He also complimented trainer Niall Dunne and the connections of Clonmel Track Derby Trial Stake winner North Bound on their great win in the 4,000 euro Ladbrokes Irish Derby Plate Final.
On the track the three first round heats of the Track Supporters Club Mini Open/A1 575 Stake were the feature events and the star of the show was the bang in form Pure Pathos which ran very impressively to take the opening heat in an open class 31.45. Though going off one of the outsiders at 4/1 the son of Crash and Pure Brief owned and trained by John Duggan made all the running to defeat the strong finishing Buddydebite by two lengths with the 2/1 favourite Witches Peter half a length away in third place ahead of the fourth qualifier Grayslands Barny. The other heats were won by the 5/4 favourite White Soks Roks in 31.60 and the 3/1 chance Lyreen Legend in 32.05. The top performance of the session over the standard distance was posted by Attykitt Shaw which broke his maiden by making all the running in a smashing 28.80.
Race 1 (A4) – Trainer Pat Buckley sent out the novice Victorino to make a useful debut in coming from behind to catch the clear leader Jaguar Gregg. The 5/2 winner, a son of Ace Hi Rumble and Droopys Gucci, finished in great style to win going away by a length and a half from that rival with the slow starting Late Arrival living up to her name to be nearest at the finish some five and a half lengths in arrears of the runner-up. Victorino clocked 29.09.
Race 2 (A4) – The even money favourite Shaneboy Silas led at the opening bend from Gerpats Hawk and the pair had it between them as the leader stretched away to record a four length win over his nearest challenger which held second place by a length and a half from Granada Flash.
Race 3 (A3) – Prop Jo (Westmead Hawk-Rettas Jessie) the 5/4 favourite and an open class sprinter trained by Tom O’Neill for the Glanworth based O’Donnells Bar Syndicate made all the running and was never seriously challenged as he romped to a five and a half length win over Bobs Kate and Satin Holland.
Race 4 (A2) – Attykitt Shaw (Black Shaw-Elios Mir) one of two joint favourites left his previous form well behind by making all the running in the striped jacket and just doing enough to hold the late challenge of Amazing Bolt by a short head in a smashing 28.80. The winner which is owned and trained in Cashel by James Goold was gaining a first career success at the fifth attempt.
Race 5 – The Sporting Press A3 525.
The favourite Greenane Bolt never really got into it as the 3/1 chance River Ace made all the running to hold off the late effort of Minor Challenge by a length with Blackwater Queen a length back in third. The winner a son of Hondo Black and River Dancer owned and trained in Cahir by Andrew O’Dwyer clocked a career best 29.08 to record his third success.
Race 6 – The Red Mills A0/A1 525.
The 4/1 outsider Hymenstown James attempted to make all the running and looked like succeeding when holding a big lead on the back straight. The leader started to falter on the run for home, however, and the 9/4 chance Paradise Siesta finished with a wet sail to lead near the line and score by a length from the long time leader with another fast finisher Glenanore Shaw just half a length back in third.
Races 7, 8 & 9 – Heats 1 to 3 of the T.S.C. Mini Open/A1 Stake 575. Round One.
Heat 2 - The Byrne family had this between them both in the ring and on the track. White Soks Rokx shaded favouritism at 5/4 for Declan over Maria’s Dysert O’Gara at 6/4 and only half a length separated them on track. Dysert O’Gara led but White Soks Roks made up ground steadily in behind and finished the stronger to gain the verdict over his rival with the minor placings going to Pegdeleg and Jazz Fusion.
Heat 3 – Shaneboy Felix was the favourite but could only finish in third place as Lyreen Legend led at the second bend and made the remainder of the running to score a clear cut four length win over the unlucky Sandyhill Crash with Shaneboy Felix and Ohio Captain taking the other qualifying spots. The winner a 3/1 chance and a son of Cabra Cool and Lyreen Chill came in as a reserve and clocked 32.05 in scoring for trainer David Budd and Araglin owner Pauline Shearer.
Clonmel Track –
Thursday, September 6
Trainer Niall Dunne and Limerick owner Daniel P. Greene, who have enjoyed a great strike rate at the Suirside track in recent times, continued on their winning way when their Drive Ahead stamped herself as a leading contender for outright honours in the prestigious 2000 euro to the winner Queen of the Suir A2/A3 Bitch Stake the first eight heats of which comprised the evening’s programme. The event is sponsored by the Track Supporters Club and all the indications are that the big prize will take some winning. Drive Ahead, however, must go on any short list following her impressive four length win in heat four. The daughter of Ace Hi Rumble and No Joke Sherry went off the 6/4 favourite and never gave her supporters any cause for concern as she made all the running to account for Svetas Jewel and Nels Minnie in the fastest clock of the round a career best 28.95. Next on the order of merit were two other trap to line winners Glengall Girl which posted 29.05 for Thurles owner/trainer John J. Dunne and Emma Honey owned by Emily Jane Mackey and Bernard Mackey which stopped the clock in 29.08.
The Queen of the Suir A2/A3 Bitch Stake. (Sponsored by the Track Supporters Club)
Heat 1 – The two joint favourites Coolbeg Gemma and Glenross Abbey dominated this opening heat and after the latter had led to the third bend her rival put in a determined challenge which gained the verdict by half a length.
Heat 2 – Exciting Poppet was an even money chance to score for Owen and Sian McKenna but she found one too good in the shape of the 5/2 shot Scala Fiona. Kilmallock enthusiast Joe Brazill owns and trains the daughter of Vans Escalade and Kilara Fiona who was gaining her sixth career success in a time of 29.29.
Heat 3 – Last year’s winner of the event Ko Phi Phi was the 2/1 market leader but she performed disappointingly and failed to qualify. Amy Eile the 6/1 outsider of the party led from the favourite on the back straight and was still to the fore as they headed for home. Airmount Honey, however, a 4/1 chance finished with a flourish to take the spoils by a length from Amy Eile with Highview Echo running on for third some two and a half lengths in arrears of the runner-up.
Heat 5 – Cashel owner/trainer Matthew Ryan caused an upset when his American Trip, a recent addition to his kennel, accounted for more fancied rivals by breaking in front and staying on strongly to score in another career best 29.13. Fergus Flynn’s promising young performer White Feather ran a huge race to finish a strong second beaten a length whilst the third qualifying place went to the 2/1 favourite Desert Ciara.
Heat 6 – The even money jolly Glengall Girl a daughter of Duke Special and Glengall Beauty broke very fast and was always in control as she surged to a two length success over the staying Aherlow Flyer with Caras Friend three and a half lengths back in third place. A sub 29 second winner in Kilkenny Glengall Girl is owned and trained in Thurles by John J. Dunne. Her winning clock was 29.05.
Heat 7 – Emma Honey was another to hit the lid and make all. This 2/1 joint favourite was chased all the way by the gallant veteran North Bay Girl which was within a length and a half of her rival at the line where Race On Angel was four and a half lengths behind in third place. The winning time was 29.08.
Heat 8 – Sarahs Turbo, luckless in recent outings, got back on the winning trail but only by the narrowest of margins. The daughter of Droopys Scolari and Ciaras Turbo owned and trained in Cashel by Kathryn Ryan led at the opening bend and in the best finish of the evening held the late challenges of Dungill Pearl and Miss Gold Bars by a short head and a head with Coolcroo Queen just half a length away in fourth place. Sarahs Turbo clocked 29.36 to gain her third career win.