'Ballarue Ben' the surprise winner of Memorial Leger
THERE WAS somewhat of a shock result to the final of the Reggie and Phil Turner Memorial Leger (A2) with a fine €4,000 winner's prize.
As traps went up favourite ' Don Rebel' broke well but could not clear the early paced 'Business Doc' and they badly baulked each other leaving 'A Blonde Tail' and 'Ballarue Ben' to race around the outside and go clear and race neck and neck all the way to the line with only a bob of the head separating them.
The verdict went to outsider ' Ballarue Ben', owned by Mrs Breda Kennedy and handled with husband Paddy (New Ross). It was Ben's fifth win from fifteen starts and his most notable win so far, winning time was 30.52 (550 yards).
There was some excellent supporting races and trainer Nick Turner recorded a fine double and 'Tag Along Jim' put in a superb display of sprinting in race three when scorching home by one and a half lengths from 'Turn of Foot' in a fast 18.79.
'Coco Dash' completed the double with a powerful display when racing home a clear four and a half lengths ahead of 'Kilgraneyhawkeye' in 30.28 (550 yards) in race six for owner Oliver Flynn (Waterford).
Racing started with an A3 and 'Clover Fantasy' proved two lengths too good for early leader 'Humble Power' in a fast 28.96 for owners Anton and Tony Butler (Wexford).
Race three, an A2, was the start of a double for trainer Stephen Wadsworth when 'Compass Jake' owned by Helen Wadsworth just did enough to hold 'Bellavista Dream' by half a length in 29.08.
Race four completed the double when 'Phill Pixie' owned by John Coleman (Newbridge) went through at the fifth bend to go on to score in 42.72 (750 yards).
The fifth race an (A2) saw a fine display of fast trapping and good early from 'Leading Striker' owned by Richard Walsh (Wexford) and he raced home all of ten lengths to the good in 29.08.
The eight race, a D2/3 seven fifty, saw 'Coolemount Glen' owned by Anthony Hamilton (Dublin 24) put up a superb display of staying when coming through at the fifth bend to race clear to score by six lengths in a new track record time of 42.13.
'Alnwick Oscar', owned by Patrick Sheil (Co. Wexford), recorded his fourth straight win when taking the ninth race, an A1 575 yards leading and running on strongly to hold 'Lifes Funny' in a good time of 31.63.
The tenth race, an A3 600, saw a close finish with 'Skyview Bound' finishing well to get up to catch 'Buddys Honour' by a head for owner Eugene Dempsey (Co. Wexford) in a time of 33.74. Results Monday, September 13:
Race one: Rahdarrig Ger owned by James Dempsey; Race two: River Droopy owned by Gold Syndicate; Race three: Nine Beaches owned by Raymond O'Sullivan; Race four: Rally on Honcho owned by Patrick Redmond; Race five: Cill Dubh Star owned by Michael Bergin (snr); Race six: Gout of That owned by Liam McCarthy; Race seven: Compass Ken owned by Helen Wadsworth; Race eight: Compass Pat owned by Helen Wadsworth; Race nine: Telex Boss owned by Miss Leanne Butler; Race ten: Ballyfinn Socks owned by Philip Coleman.