Byrne will be hard to beat in 600 final
THE TRACK Supporters' A4 Tridistance first round featured on Thursday night's card, with three of the six heats run.
Heat one went to the wire as 'Bengal Warrior' led and was only headed close to the line when 'Cool Water' finished well to get up by a head for owner Vincent Morris (Rosslare Harbour) and score in a time of 29.45.
Heat two was a much more clearcut race as 'Tombreane Hawk' went on at the second bend and raced to a seven lengths victory over 'Coolhill Shem' in a good 29.18 for owner John Ennis (Co. Wicklow).
Heat three saw 'Tyford Hill' set the pace, only to be passed at the third by 'Royal Blood', owned by John Lambert, who drew away to score by three and a half lengths in 29.38. The remaining three heats will be run this Thursday night.
Race four, an A3 575, went to the Philip Coleman (Foulksmills)-owned 'Ballyfinn Socks' who led to score by four lengths from 'Castleboro Vieri' in 31.77. The fifth, an A3 550, went in convincing style to 'Ashwood Kewell', owned by Helen and John Doyle and trained by John Doyle, coming through at the last bend to score by four from 'Tyford Jet' in 30.77.
The sixth, an A2, produced a good run from 'Minister Hill' who went on at the second and ran on strongly to score by a length from 'Glencroft Design' in 29.08 for owner Patricia Hyland. Race seven, an A1, saw a superb run from 'Cool Rocket', owned by Edel and Rita Harrington, getting out well from his trap three draw and running on well to hold 'Hipower Turbo' who also ran well by two and a half lengths in a fine 28.83.
The eighth race, an A0, saw reserve N, 'Tag Along Jim', set the pace, but 'Clover Fantasy' got into top gear between the lower bends to take it up and run on well to hold ' Alnwick Oscar' by one and a half lengths in 29.17 for owners Anton and Tony Butler.
Race nine was an A1 575, and owner/trainer Maria Byrne has her dogs in top form as she had another good winner here as her ' Dysert Moon' led and stayed on well to beat 'Ballina Bob' by one and a half lengths in a good 31.59.
The tenth was an A0/1 600, and 'Kanasaf' was red-hot favourite in this four-dog race. He duly obliged, coming home by three lengths from 'Kilgraney West' in a very fast 32.63 for owner Mary Sweetman.
Monday night of last week featured the semi-finals of the Ballarue Kennels A3/4 600 Stake, and the first was a close one, with 'Chapwiththecap' leading, but as they turned for the judge he was challenged by ' Gold Bars Nomore' and 'Trade Pepsi'.
The Chap was up to it and held 'Gold Bars' by three-quarters of a length, with ' Pepsi ' a neck away in 33.31. The winning owner is Nora Dobbs.
The second semi went to ' Dysert Davdor' who led and ran out an impressive six and a half lengths winner from 'Old Smyth', with 'Junkyard Jack' running on to take third in 33.07. The winning owner, Maria Byrne, is having a great run and will be hard to beat in this week's final.
The first four races were first round heats of the Kiltrea Kennels Unraced Stake. Heat one had 'Proper Pink' as a very eye-catching winner as she took over at the third bend from 'Blue Sirocco' to score by eight lengths in a fine 29.05.
Winning owner Willie O'Connor (Co. Kilkenny) went on to take heat two with her litter brother, 'McGars Hawk', who also went through at the third to score by nine lengths in a fast 28.90. Heat three was a very close thing, and 'Forest Echo' put in a good finish to get up in the last stride to catch 'Kingsmill Melody' in 29.80. Patrick Kehoe is the owner of the winner.
The fourth heat saw 'Barnarock', owned by Alan Neville, lead all the way to score by three and a half lengths from 'Saltmills Chief' in 29.41. The fifth and sixth races were semis of the Dinny Byrne Memorial A6 Stake. The first semi went to the Helen Morris (Rosslare Harbour)-owned 'Bing Omega' who came through to score by one and a half lengths from 'Castleboro Bay' in 29.96.
The second semi also went to trap three when 'Mellaluca Lady', owned by James Nolan (Ennsicorthy), came through at the third to score by three and a half lengths in 29.76.
The seventh race, an A5, saw a good effort from 'Next Oasis', owned by Rene Thouron (France), c/o Padge Kehoe, leading trap to line to score by five lengths in 29.38.
The tenth race, an A4 (600), had three non-runners, but reserves came in to fill the field and were the first three home as Res. L 'Waste Johnny', owned by John Byrne, took over at the first bend to score an easy sixlength win from Res. R 'Rockybay Boy' in 33.69.