Two dogs show lots of promise in Enniscorthy
THE SECOND round of the Gain Future Champion Unraced Stake featured at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last and two dogs came to the fore as potential top-class performers in the future.
The semi-finals will be the big feature on this week's card.
Heat one saw the first of them in trap one runner 'Deanridge Pennys' ('Kinloch Brae-Doodle Doo'). Despite being two pounds up and missing his break, 'Deanridge' was in command by the second bend and then opened up to go away and score by nine and a half lengths from 'Whitefort Duke' in a fast 28.99. -10 slow.
''Telex Mint' was another length and a half away in third.
'Deanridge' is drawn in the middle and a better break in this week's semi should see him into the final for owners the Price Syndicate and trainer Rosemary Price.
Heat two saw an excellent run from trap six runner 'Kingsmill Sky' ('Westmead Hawk-Kingsmill Athena'). Quickly away, 'Sky' was in complete control from there on, coming home a clear ten and a half lengths ahead of 'Piercestowm Ace' in a fast 28.89 -10 slow.
New trainer Robert G. Gleeson, this year's derby-winning trainer, must be pleased with his new purchase. 'Sky' has drawn trap one in his semi and just needs to come away reasonably from this tricky box to take his place in the final.
Heat three was a much tighter affair with trap three's 'Ivy Hill Prince' showing well early for trainer Pat Curtin, but he was strongly challenged down the back by 'Dragon Big Bux' and after a good battle to the line only a short head separated them, with 'Ivy Hill' getting the verdict for owner Noel Hehir (Ennis) in a time of 29.44 -10 slow.
Heat four went to the Nick Turner-trained 'Vaz Te' ('Duke Special-Lemon Lola'). After showing nice early gears he was always going to win after that, racing to a clear five lengths win over 'Film Club' in 29.39 -10 slow. With his good early pace 'Vaz Te' could trouble the big guns if he can make the final.
The Ballyrue Kennels A2 Dual Distance semis were also featured and in the first, Shay Hodnett (Ballymurn) saw his bitch, 'Grancore Arrow', cut through her field up the straight to score by a length from reserve F 'Spoon Me' who had led. The time was 30.86 (550 yards) -10 slow.
The second semi went to trap one runner 'Rising Bullet' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Rising Angel') who got out well and was strongly challenged by the favourite, 'Kingsmill Honey', all the way, but 'Bullet' was still a length and a half too good at the line in a good 30.49 -10 slow.
This week's final will also feature on Thursday night's card.
The new running rail is a big plus and with re-sanding work also carried out the track is running very well and is a major step in the right direction.
Joan O'Connor's (Enniscorthy) 'Whitefort Ralph' took race eight, an A1, when getting to the head of things by the second bend, but by the time they got to the line 'Dunclone Cannon' and reserve H 'Lord Tiger', who had led early, were both coming home well and only a length and half a length separated them at the line in a time of 29.27 -10 slow.
Race nine, an A2, saw a blanket finish with plenty in with a chance off the last bend. Trap one runner 'Telex Legend' was sent off hot favourite and looked like he would collect 50 yards from the line but the Jay Ryan (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Miss Gold Bars' got up to grab the money for the 19th time of her career in a time of 29.66.
The A3 Hertz Bitch Stake final was a cracking race on the previous Monday night at the track and there were three bitches in contention as they turned for the judge.
Leader 'Turkish Kitty' was being challenged by 'Ballinclare Vera' on the outside and 'Elite Taylor' who moved up smartly between the last two bends.
With 'Turkish' drifting wide coming into the straight it made it tight for room, but 'Elite' proved the stronger to get up by three-quarters of a length with 'Ballinclare' the same distance away in third. The time was 29.32 -10 slow.
Enniscorthy owner Patrick Roban had two runners in the final so he was happy this daughter of 'Fatboyz Tyson-Forest Dawn' collected the €1,400 prize for him.
The Eleanor Turner-owned 'Ketch Up Bell', fresh from her grand prize win, is going well at Newbridge in the Oaks as she won her second round heat in fine style when taking up the running at the third bend to score by three lengths in a fast 28.75.
Kilrane trainer Vincent Morris had a very nice winner at Shelbourne Park on Thursday night when 'Mustang Turbo', whom he trains for Sean Burke (Clonmel), followed up his win of last week with a fine run of 28.66 in the A3 semi-final.
Taking up the running off the second bend, he went right away from his field and more distance could well be on the cards for this promising son of 'Trent Lee-Spiral Ebb' in the near future.
The Puppy Derby final at Harold's Cross was a cracker of a race but unfortunately for Wexford-bred 'Aclamon Messi' who put in a gallant effort, he finished third, only being beaten half a length and half a length in 28.66. 'Rockmount Puma' also ran a fine race to run second in the Puppy Derby plate, and both dogs performed with distinction.