Decisive break powers Mairéads to stake victory
The George Hair Design open unraced stake final was the feature event at Enniscorthy Dog Track last week.
As is the case with most finals, the break proved the decisive factor as Mairéads Sky made no mistake. Breaking quickly from his trap three box, he was always in control of this final after that.
And while he was racing to a very impressive win, his main rival (Forest Karen) had badly missed her break. She ran on very strongly and just failed to catch Ballinaboola Net for the runner-up spot.
Ballinaboola, owned by the sponsor, George Roche of Barntown, also ran a very good race as he was the main challenger to Mairéads for most of it.
These three should go on to better things in the coming months. Mairéads is owned by John Horan, Co. Kildare, and trained by the well-known Fraser Black. The winning time was a fast 28.88.
The A1/2 Dual Distance dinal over 600 yards saw a very strong-running Fortunate Ronnie follow up on his fine semi-final win when he took control by the first bend and ran on very strongly to hold Strickly Sands' challenge snugly to record his ninth win from twelve starts for Kilkenny trainer Margaret Fortune.
Clonroche owner John Kehoe enjoyed a good win in race seven, a good A2 grade, on Thursday night when his Sion For Blaze got out well from her trap five box to score a comfortable victory, her twelfth of her career, in a good 28.93.
This September '13 whelp is running as good as ever as she was only one spot shy of her best-ever run.
June 5 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy S2/S3: 1, Lord Lucky (owner, Tommy Woods, Enniscorthy), 19.20.
Race two, Bree Hunt Fundraising Night A8/A9 525: 1, Barro Mist (owner, Gerard Gahan, Co. Kilkenny), 29.74.
Race three, The Trackside Diner A7 525: 1, Ballarue Joey (owner, Breda Kennedy, New Ross), 29.33.
Race four, The Track Bar A6: 1, Bugatti Petite (owner, Philip Tierney, Kilmore; trainer, Ian Tierney), 29.29.
Race five, www.igb.ie A5 525: 1, Mild Ache (owner, P.J. Phelan, Co. Kildare). 29.33.
Race six, Georges Hair Design Open Unraced 525 final: 1, Mairéads Sky (owner, John Horan, Co. Kildare; trainer, Fraser Black), 28.88.
Race seven, June A4 525: 1, Pros Fancy (owner, Eugene Crosbie, Enniscorthy), 29.49.
Race eight, The Closing Bumper A3/A4 525: 1, Lemon Pete (owner, Patrick Roban, Enniscorthy), 29.41.
June 8 results - race one, Welcome to Enniscorthy S5/S6 350: 1, Rockmount Hi (owner, Brendan Murphy, Ferns), 19.04.
Race two, County Wexford Agricultural Show Night A6 525: 1, Yogis Hamstring (owner, John Murphy, Enniscorthy), 29.19.
Race three, www.igb.ie A5 525: 1, Avas Friend (owner, Jason Giltrap, Enniscorthy), 29.36.
Race four, The Trackside Diner A4 525: 1, Beannacht Dinny (owner, Mark Jeffers, Enniscorthy), 29.52.
Race five, The Track Bar A3/A4 525: 1, Blantyre Zue (owner, Katie McCann, Ballymurn; trainer, Jacqueline McCann), 29.44.
Race six, June A1/A2 Dual Distance Stake 575/600 final: 1, Fortunate Ronnie (owners, Ben and Tom Davies, Chesterfield; trainer, Margaret Fortune, Kilkenny), 32.85.
Race seven, Unrecorded Trials Sat Morning A2 525: 1, Sion For Blaze (owner, John Kehoe, Clonroche), 28.93.
Race eight, June A4 575: 1, Kereight Splat (owner, Aidan Denton, Enniscorthy), 31.94.
Race nine, The Closing Bumper A3 575: 1, Leamaneigh Fort (owner, Helen Morris, Rosslare Harbour; trainer, Vincent Morris), 31.48.