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I GOT a little ahead of myself last week as of course it will be this time next week when we will know the English Derby finalists.

There are five Irish contenders still there to do battle tonight (Tuesday) in the quarter-finals live on Sky, but alas 'Kereight King' was unable to qualify on Saturday night last from a very tough heat one.

It will be up to 'Droopys Jet' and 'Ballymac Vic' to keep the Irish challenge up but they are drawn in the same heat and with 'Screen Critic' also there, there is no room for error.

There was disappointment at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night also as 'Piercestown Lucy' was cought right on the line to be denied a place in the Oaks final by a short head for third spot in her semi-final. The Thomas Coleman-owned and Ronnie Shinkwin-trained bitch will line up in the consolation.

Small margins make a big difference in this game, but 'Lucy' put in a great effort as the youngest semi-finalist and the future looks bright for this lady.

There was a Wexford success in the A1 600 yards race when the Tommy Mahoney (Barntown)-owned 'Gymstar Jumbo' led going past the winning post first time up and galloped on strongly to hold the challengers off the last bend to score by one and a half lengths in 33.68, his sixth win from ten starts.

This 86 lb. son of 'Crash-Ma Ma Blue' was returned at the generous odds of 5/1 and is proving hard to beat at this level.

There was a good win down in Waterford for owner Michael Furlong (Enniscorthy) when his 'High Sparky' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Trailer Dawn') took race ten in the A1 grade by three lengths in a good 28.87. After railing well around the first two corners, he took up the running off the last bend to go on to record his seventh race win.

There were two more winners at the venue on Friday night when 'Tagalong Ricky' ('Tullymurry Act-Tagalong Ivy') came in as reserve in race three to score for owner Dermot Flynn (Enniscorthy) and record his first win from eight starts in a time of 30.02.

Race eight, an A5, went to the Fergus Turner (Enniscorthy)-owned c/o of Phil Lynch 'Everlast Manypac' ('Everlast Lee-Seafield Gypsy') who was winning for the second time from eight starts.

'Everlast' had a bit to do to catch leader 'Le Grand Serpent' but he stuck to his task and got up in the shadows of the post to score in a useful 29.29.

Wexford People

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