Eilish storms home
THE FINAL of the Oaks was the feature race at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night last and although there was no Co. Wexford representative, there was two good winners on this prestigious evening.
The fourth race, the Friends of the Coursing open bitch race with a €700 prize and a trophy to the winner went to the Eilish McCann (Gorey). She owns, trains and bred 'Ballinclare Meg' ('Westmead Hawk-Ballinclare Dime') who was scoring for the fourth time. Following up her recent win, she stormed past leader 'Shes A Tornado' at the third bend to score going away for an impressive win in 28.84 -15 slow.
Piercestown trainer Ronnie Shinkwin had a good week also when 'Piercestown Con' ('Ace Hi RumbleTyford Blackie') led in race eleven and held off the strong and persistent challenge of 'Cambushmore' to score his 13th win and this nice €500 and trophy prize. 'Con' is owned by Ronnie's wife, Sharon.
On Thursday night Ronnie's own dog, 'Piercestown East' ('Hondo Black-Piercestown Pet') took his semifinal of the www.destinationdublin.com A2 in 29.51 -40 slow and was scoring for the fourth time from ten starts.
Vincent Morris also travelled up on Thursday night and scored a nice win when 'Ashfield Impact' took his semi of the A2 Seen And Heard Stake, drawing seven and a half lengths clear of the field in 29.42 -60 slow.
Waterford track was packed on Saturday for a benefit night in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and the huge crowd enjoyed some cracking racing. The feature race, the seventh, the final of the Whiskey Waters A4 stake of €850 and trophy, went to Wexfordowned 'Jades Gem' ('Droopys Scolari-Ma Ma Blue') owned by Peter Nolan (Wexford) and trained by Eamon Moore. The favourite here, 'Carrigoe Essie', didn't get away too well but 'Jades' was slipping up the inside nicely to go on past leader 'Lady Libby' at the third bend to score in a career-best time of 28.96, her second win from twelve starts.
Owner Derek Wilde had a nice win when 'Carrigoe Jimmy', c/o P. Whelan ('Nobooth For Gary-Marys Moment') took heat one of the A2 Stake in 28.96, his second win from eight starts.
It was a good weekend for Richard Walsh Jnr. and Snr. with winners on Friday and Saturday night. 'Seagrave Sam' was a clear winner of race two, an A5/6, on Friday night for Richard Snr. in 29.14, and on Saturday night 'Latest Arrival' ('Crash-Westhams Girl') put Jnr. on the scoresheet when he was a very impressive winner of race four, an A1. Blasting from his trap two draw, he scored in a fast 28.58, his seventh win from 14 starts.
Race three, an A3-4 325, saw the Nick Turner-trained 'Coco Line' ('Crash-Ballyboro Kate') score his eighth win for owner Mary Flynn in 17.82.