Good novices showcase their budding talent in red-hot stake
There was a large attendance on Monday for the first round of the Storm Control Unraced Stake as the card featured the full first round with all eight heats. Some very good novices were on display and it looks a red-hot stake.
Local owner/trainer Michael Whelan scored a nice double while another of the Monbeg litter impressed in heat five. The Fraser Black-trained Forest Harris was fastest of the night with a superb 28.65 run in heat three.
March 7 results - race one, The Storm Control @Stud Open Unraced 525 round one, heat one: 1, Mikeys Lass (owner, Michael Whelan, Enniscorthy), 29.40; 2, Liosgarbh Mall, 29.82.
Mickeys was slowly out here as Liosgarbh led the way, however, Lass got into full stride off the last bend and came away to score easily in the end. There should be a lot more to come from this lady.
Race two, round one, heat two: 1, Mikeys Mini (owner, Michael Whelan, Enniscorthy), 28.74; 2, Piercestown Air, 28.91.
It was the opposite scenario here as Mickeys led up and ran on strongly to hold the effort of Piercestown all the way to the line, recording a fast time also.
Race three, round one, heat three: 1, Forest Harris (owner, Ian Harris, Co. Kildare; trainer, Frazer Black), 28.65; 2, Matts Melody, 29.24.
Red-hot favourite Forest was very professional here, getting out well to score an easy win in a very fast time. Matts Melody ran a nice race to be second and should improve also.
Race four, round one, heat four: 1, Milltown Ranger (owner, James Nolan, Enniscorthy), 29.07; 2, Alien Lander, 29.28.
The two market leaders came to the fore here and Miltown ran a nice race to come through for a snug win in the end. Improvement can be expected from both in the coming rounds.
Race five, round one, heat five: 1, Monbeg Costa (owners, Eamon and Gearóid Doyle, Enniscorthy), 28.86; 2, St Mullins Daisy, 29.70.
Monbeg is another from the very good Droopys Scolari-Na Dubh Tíre litter and was very impressive winner here.
He looks a major player in the coming rounds.
Race six, round one, heat six: 1, Cougar Dawn (owner, John Murray, Piercestown), 29.66; 2, Stopthislad, 29.67.
This was a very troublesome heat as the winning time suggests there was all kinds of barging and scrimmaging at the first two bends, including a faller at the second before Stopthislad went on down the back with favourites Must Be Ben and Cougar Dawn in pursuit.
Coming off the final bend, Cougar got into gear and switched inside the leader to challenge and finished strongly to get up on the line to score.
There's better to come from a few in this heat.
Race seven, round one, heat seven: 1, Ballinclare Fion (owner, Aisling McCann, Gorey), 29.11; 2, Tycoon Prince, 29.35.
Ballinclare was up there from the start and was a comfortable winner of this heat and looks a dog that will improve through the stake also. Tycoon ran a solid race to be second.
Race eight, round one, heat eight: 1, Big Bad Tom (owner, George Roche, Barntown), 29.15; 2, Bonzo The Brave, 29.32.
Big was a good winner here as he swept past Bonzo at the third bend to run out an eye-catching winner on a good night for favourites - another to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
This week's second round will tell another story as things start to tighten up.
Anything can happen and another big crowd is expected to witness some potential stars of the coming year.
March 10 results - race one, Welcome To Enniscorthy A7/A8 525: 1, Highest Honor (owner, Padge Kehoe, Clonroche), 29.21; 2, Ashfield Josie, 29.24.
Race two, Intertrack Betting A5 525: 1, Hilark Sand (owner, Eugene Hiney, Co. Wexford; trainer, David Morris, Enniscorthy), 29.21; 2, Getgoin Jenny, 29.49.
Race three, The Easter Sunday A5/A6 600 round one, heat one: 1, Petulant (owners, Woof Woof Syndicate, c/o Craig Doyle, Gorey), 33.16; 2, Cosy Flyer, 33.47.
Race four, heat two: 1, Metric Myra (owner, Pauline Byrne, Enniscorthy), 33.16; 2, Old Gold Bars, 33.18.
Race five, heat three: 1, Tip Top Maddie (owner, Jack Ryan, Gorey), 33.07; 2, Stripe Lucy, 33.38.
Race six, www.igb.ie A4 525: 1, Southest Jack (owner, Daniel Frayne, Forth Mountain), 29.20; 2, Bu Han Story, 29.51.
Race seven, Unrecorded Trials Wednesday and Friday A4 550: 1, Strictly Private (owner, George Roche, Barntown), 30.30; 2, Desirable Fella, 30.47.
Race eight, The Track Bar A3 550: 1, Fleeting Prince (owners, Liam and Colm Moore, Colestown, Barntown), 30.46; 2, Strictly Good, 30.60.
Race nine, A2: 1, Piercestown Moll (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown), 29.08; 2, Mikeys Gold, 29.25.