Burgess in control
Cracking contest in Unraced Stake
As expected, there was a big turn-out at Enniscorthy dog track on bank holiday Sunday night for the final of the Red Mills Future Champion Unraced Stake, and it turned out to be a cracking contest with a head deciding the outcome.
As traps went up it was trap four runner Badminton Ronan who broke well and went straight for the rails, thus hampering favourite Running Senor who never recovered after that.
Badminton went clear into the back straight but Burgess Brandy was looming large and made his challenge going into the third bend.
Sunset Jessie was running second on his outside at this time and the question was, could he get through on the inside as Badminton was still a few lengths to the good?
The answer was yes as Burgess pushed through and set about running down the leader.
In a desperate run for the line Burgess was in full flow and got up in the shadow of the post to grab this very important prize. Burgess has been sold to the Peter Cronin kennels in Kilkenny, and Shelbourne is his next likely outing.
Laurence Bolton-Lee enjoyed a nice win in the Heineken A2 final, race four on the card, with his Longslip Billy who put in a strong run down the back straight to settle this contest, running on well to hold the finishing run of Tycoon Prince in a good 28.93.
Race five was the Vimmerby @stud consolation stake final and it saw a good performance from Piercestown Lord who got away well and led all the way for a snug one and a half length success in this valuable event.
Novice Tarsna Jo stepped up to A1 class and ran out a good winner of the last race on the card, recording a solid 28.98. Tarsna had run well in the Future Champion Stake and the form looks very strong after this result.
It was a most enjoyable night's racing, and well done to Red Mills Feeding for their sponsorship which continues to make this one of the top puppy stakes in the country.
October 29 results - race one, Welcome to the Red Mills Champion Unraced final A3 525: 1, Kereight Splat (owner, Aidan Denton, Enniscorthy), 28.91; 2, Piercestown Leaf, 29.01.
Race two, Feed The Best, Be The Best A2 525: 1, Slaneyside Dolly (owner, Derek Kehoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary), 29.09; 2, Good Ability, 29.30.
Race three, Buster Draw on The Red Mills Unraced final A2 575: 1, Southest Bound (owner, Daniel Frayne, Forth Mountain), 31.60; 2, Mikey Blue, 31.74.
Race four, Heineken A2 525 final: 1, Longslip Billy (owner, Laurence Bolton-Lee, Gorey), 28.93; 2, Tycoon Prince, 29.03.
Race five, Vimmerby @ Stud Consolation final: 1, Piercestown Lord (owners, Brendan Murphy and Pádraig Cosgrave, Wexford town), 29.06; 2, Make Six, 29.16.
Race six, Red Mills Future Champion Unraced 525 final: 1, Burgess Brandy (owners, Sheila Spillane and J.J. Fennelly, Co. Cork), 28.85; 2, Badminton Ronan, 28.86.
Race seven, Connolly's Red Mills Since 1908 Open 600: 1, Kiltrea Brian (owner, John Doyle, Kiltrea), 32.79; 2, Slaneyside Adie, 32.96.
Race eight, Thanks to Red Mills For Their Sponsorship A1 525: 1, Tarsna Jo (owner, Geoff Parnaby, Borrisoleigh), 28.98; 2, Kingsmill Manuka, 29.12.
Thursday, November 2 - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy Track A3 575: 1, Swan Diver (owner, George Roche, Barntown), 31.70; 2, Bubba Maggie, 31.75.
Race two, The Trackside Diner A7 525: 1, Dysert Avril (owner, Maria Byrne, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary), 29.65; 2, Black Tusk, 29.79.
Race three, The Track Bar A6 525: 1, Ashwood Joan (owners, Helen Doyle and Phyllis Bolger, Gorey), 29.28; 2, Dark Stone, 29.77.
Race four, Congratulations to the Starlights, Enniscorthy A5 550: 1, Jills Jaguar (owners, Caroline Fielding and Margaret Crotty, Enniscorthy), 31.03; 2, Hillside Kelpie, 31.13.
Race five, Unrecorded Trials Saturday Mornings A4 550: 1, Seagrave Lace (owner, John Bolger, Ballymurn), 30.49; 2, Glenbrien Bolt, 30.63.
Race six, The Grand Prize A1/A2 Stake Next Thursday A4 525: 1, Metric Brae (owner, Pauline Byrne, Marshalstown), 29.20; 2, Dysert Michelle, 29.44.
Race seven, Geoff Parnaby A3 525 Stake Monday 13th November 525: 1, Piercestown Inch (owner, Seamus Whelan, Piercestown), 29.18; 2, Coolaught Boy, 29.19.
Race eight, Wexford GOBA A4 525 Stake Monday 13th November 525: 1, Shes Our Maureen (owners, Mary Lawlor and Thomas Leniston, Wexford), 28.96; 2, Vinegarhill Lane, 29.31.
Race nine, Next Meeting Monday 6th November A3 525: 1, Jojo On Air (owner, George Roche, Barntown), 29.19; 2, Codars Runaway, 29.20.