'Hipower' shades it in great finish to Garahy Stake semi
THURSDAY NIGHT'S racing started with a fast run in an A5 when 'Willie Patch', owned by William Robinson (Wexford), led from trap two to score, going away by seven lengths from reserve B 'Maneens Horay' in an excellent 28.99. The winner is trained by Nick Turner.
Race two saw a good finish to this A4 as 'Areumyfriend', owned by William Byrne (Co. Wicklow), stayed on well to score by one and a half lengths from 'Vintage Kewell' who also finished well to grab second on the line in 29.65.
Race three was the first semi of the George O'Connor Memorial A4 Stake, and the Edward Dobbs-owned 'Ventry Beauty' got out well from trap four and ran out a convincing two lengths winner from 'Tree Tops Dancer' in 29.28. 'Toronto Divine' got the third qualifying spot.
The second semi saw a clearcut win for 'Doodles Rocket', owned by Rita and Edel Harrington, leading from trap to line to score by five lengths from 'Barnarock' in 29.38. 'Dysert Torres' took the third spot to reach this week's final.
Race five was an A3 and ' Zippy Madam', owned by Paula Hoban (Danesfort), showed plenty of zip to go to the front at the third bend and run out an easy five and a half lengths winner from 'Tyford Swift' in 29.46.
Race six was the first semi of the David Garahy Chemist A3 Stake, and there was a great finish as just over three lengths covered the six runners. Trap one's 'Hipower Hudini', owned by Phelim Gorman (Co. Carlow), got home by one and a half lengths from 'Aughderney Fawn' who beat 'Leading Striker' by a short head in 29.57.
The second semi saw a good effort from 'Clover Fantasy', owned by Anton and Tony Buter (Wexford), who led and ran on well to beat 'Uptown Billy' and 'Tintern Road' by two and a half lengths and four and a half lengths in a fast 29.08.
The eighth race, an A0/1, went to hot favourite 'Kanasef', owned by Mary Sweetman (Co. Wexford), who led and ran on well to hold 'Have To Win' by one and a half lengths in a fine 29.02.
The ninth race, an A2, went to 'Strayaway Wink', owned by Richard Walsh Snr. (Co. Wexford). 'Wink' led from his trap one draw and ran on well to hold reserve U 'Glencroft Design' by one and a half lengths in 29.44.
The line-up for the two finals is as follows - George O'Connor A4 Stake of €1,000: Trap 1, 'Toronto Divine'; Trap 2, 'Dysert Torres'; Trap 3, 'Barnarock'; Trap 4, 'Ventry Beauty'; Trap 5, 'Doodles Rocket'; Trap 6, Tree Tops Dancer. The David Garahy Chemist A3 Stake: Trap 1, Tintern Road; Trap 2, Clover Fantasy;Trap 3, Uptown Billy; Trap 4, Leading Striker; Trap 5, Hipower Hudini; Trap 6, Aughaderney Fawn.
Race one on Monday of last week, an A7, saw a clearcut win for 'Carrigoe Black', owned by Derek Wilde (Enniscorthy), taking up the running at the second to score by eight and a half lengths in 30.19.
Race two, an A4, saw 'Dons Quest' lead and run out an easy four lengths winner for owner Cecil Willoughby (Gorey) in 29.43.
Race three, an A6, went to the strongfinishing 'Metric Pol', owned by Larry Byrne (Enniscorthy). She got home by two and a half lengths from 'Leaha Phanter' in 29.91.
Race four, an A3, saw a good effort from 'Toronto Dylinik', owned by Irene Bolton-Lee (Gorey), leading all the way to score in 29.32.
Race five was the first semi of the Michael Meade and Track Supporters' Unraced Stake, and 'Forest Peejay' maintained his unbeaten run when going on at the first bend to score easily from 'Whitefort Mac' who did well to take the runner-up spot after getting trouble at the first bend. With 'Peejay' out in six in the final, 'Whitefort' could turn the tables. The winning time was a good 29.16, and Paddy Kehoe is the winning owner.
The second semi went to the Noel O'Gorman (Taghmon)-owned 'Tyford Ace' who got the better of 'Kingsmill Super' in 29.84.
The seventh race was a good one, an A2, and owner Larry Byrne enjoyed his second win of the night when 'Metric Daisy' went to the front at the second and ran on well to hold 'Amazing Blaze' by two and a half lengths in 29.32.
The last race, the eighth, produced a close finish as 'Motabeg Blue', owned by Thomas Moriarty (Co. Wexford), got home by a length from 'Tyford Lily', with 'Lochdara Mazara' a short head away in 33.66 (600 yards).