'Rockmount' soars like an eagle in Newbridge

THERE WAS disappointment at Cork on Saturday night last for Wexford connections Vincent Morris and Kitty Goldsmith in the semi-finals of The Laurels. As we feared, his trap five draw saw ' Ashfield Impact' not too well away as his opponents flew to the bend.

However, 'Ashfield' tracked in and made his way across to the inside, only to be sandwiched at the first bend and that was the end of his chance.

The big shock of the night was the elimination of hot favourite 'Ballymac Vic' in the other semi, showing how little room there is for error at this level.

At Newbridge, there was that team again of Brendan Murphy and Carol O'Connor (Rockmount, Ferns) winning once more as their 'Rockmount Eagle' followed up his fine win of the previous week, taking the A1 in a good 28.94. This son of 'Westmead Hawk-Rockmount Flo Jo' is a model of consistency, finishing 35 times in the first three from 42 starts, including 13 wins, and is racing better than ever.

Things got off to a flying start for Co. Wexford owners at Waterford on Saturday night, winning the first three races.

An A3 575 got things under way and the Nick Turner-trained 'Droopys Chris' ('Droopys Kewell-Droopys Darlene') scored a game win and thus secured his 20th success when outbattling 'Avalon Soldier' by two lengths in 31.48.

Race two, an A2, saw a good battle as 'Telex Boss' set the pace but at the third bend the William Byrne (New Ross)-owned 'Crucial Diaby' ('Droopys Kewell-Droopys Addie') raced past to go on to score well in a good 28.83, thus reversing the previous week's results with 'Telex'.

Race three was a sprint S1-3 and favourite here was 'Ardera Fronze' who looked the likely winner off the last bend before the Liam Butler Snr.trained 'Annacurra Wood' ('Droopys Scolari-Shades Of Canada') raced to the front and went away to score by one and a half lengths in 17.94. William Moules (Co. Wicklow) is the winning owner.

The Red Mills A3 trophy continued at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last, and the Sharon Shinkwin-owned and Ronnie Shinkwin-trained 'Piercestown Liam' ('Royal Impact-Great Plan') was the fastest second round winner, taking the opening heat by four and a half lengths in 29.03.

Race seven saw a good run from the David Morris-trained 'Ushers Jim' ('Headbound-Belesker Kate') who took the A2 race in a fast 28.82 and looks to be coming back to his best.

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