Robinson has final favourite
THE SEMI-FINALS of the Track Supporters' A5 Stake were run on Monday of last week, and the Willie Robinson-owned 'Willies Blaze' powered to a clear eight and a half lengths victory in the first to make him a clear favourite for this week's final of ¤2,000.
'Wibbles Bob' led but 'Willies' was soon on terms down the back and raced home in a best of the night 29.21.
The second semi went to the Paddy Collinsowned 'Mikado Miss' who led and ran on well to get the better of ' Lanny' by one and a half lengths in 29.40.
The remaining three heats of the first Unraced Stake were also run. The first of them, heat four, saw the Elizabeth Sheehan-owned 'Black Chien' have a right battle to get up in the closing stages by half a length from 'Bamko' in 29.44.
Heat five went to the Whelan Shinkwin Cosgrove Syndicate (Drinagh)-owned 'Piercestown Fix'. She also came from behind to get up and beat leader 'Bengal Warrior' in 29.62.
Heat six saw another come from behind when 'Catrionas Spark' proved too strong for leader 'Clover Grandslam' by one and a half lengths for trainer Brian McCann. Other winners were - Race 1 (A6): Res. I, Carrigoe Joker, Derek Wilde, 29.87.
Race 2 (A6): Myshall Rocket, Rita and Edel Harrington, Co. Carlow, 29.42.
Race 8 (A6): Classy Delight, Aidan Denton, 29.58.
Race 9 (A6): Rathvilly Bullet, Paudie Doyle, 29.61.
Race 10 (575, A3): Kilgraney Holly, Rose and Mary Buggy, Co. Carlow (trainer, Mary Buggy), 31.95.
Thursday night's card featured the three semifinals of the Terry Corden A2 Sweepstake.
'A Blonde Tail' took the first semi when accounting for 'Dysart Miller' in the quickest of the semis, 29.09 for Michael Gordon.
The second semi saw hot favourite 'Notre Pere' score snugly enough in the end after having to work a bit harder than expected after a tardy start, riding a bump at the first before going on to beat 'Kinsmill Fox' in 29.21 for owners John Nevin and Martin Walsh from Co. Kildare.
Trainer Nick Turner scored in the third semi when 'Panda Man' proved too good for 'Dysert Davodor' in 29.18. John Stubbs is the owner.
A kennel hitting form of late is that of ' Shanks' Whelan, and his 'Piercestown Pet' got her trapping right in the fifth race, an A1, when leading and racing right away to score a very impressive 28.92 win.
Another to impress was in the first race when 'Tullow Lass' took this A3 event for owner Phelim Gorman, Co. Carlow, also breaking the 29 seconds in a time of 28.92.
The Richard Walsh and Aileen Lennon-owned 'Lemon Aston' returned to winning ways in the second race, an A2, when recording a fine 29.09 win.
'Cilleve Minnie' has proved a super servant for Cillian Murphy, Co. Kilkenny, and she was an easy winner of race three, an A2 575), in a good time of 31.71. Young Waterford trainer Pádraig Gough took the fourth race, an A1 600, when ' Baby Dady Cool', owned by Tony O'Connor, got home in 33.39.
The ninth race was an open grade, and 'Foxglove Way', owned by Denis Kehoe and trained by Brian McCann, scored in 29.18.
The tenth race went to 'Compass Greg' who scored in 31.94 (575 A1) for owner Helen Wadsworth.