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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Shanks' records fine double as Unraced Stake starts

MONDAY OF last week saw the start of the first Unraced Stake with 36 runners, and there was a good crowd in attendance.

Three heats were run, and why they could not run the six heats I don't know.

However, heat one went to 'Assassin Blue', owned by the Put A Saddle On It syndicate, and he finished strongly to beat 'Jimmy Aces' by four and a half lengths in 29.79.

Heat two went to ' Piercestown Boy', owned by Seamus Whelan of Piercestown, and he came home strongly to catch 'Martinova' in the dying strides in 29.43.

'Shanks' went on to record a fine double when the Noel O'Gorman-owned 'Tyford Jane' was an impressive winner of the last race over 550 yards by three lengths in 30.45.

Heat three was the quickest of the heats and the night when the Mary Sweetman-owned 'Kanasef' led and came home a clear winner in a good 29.24.

The Track Supporters' A5 Stake second round was also completed, and the Philip Coleman-trained and Lar Rocheowned 'Siennas Star' was the fastest of the four heats when scoring a two-length 29.30 win in heat three.

Race four (A4): 1, Kilcarrig Josie, Hugh Lambert, 29.70.

Race five (A5 Stake), heat one: 1, Hipower Supreme, Eddie Farrell, Co. Carlow, 29.44.

Race six, heat two: 1, Luke's Kool, the Kearney Syndicate, Ferrybank (trainer, Michael Delahunty), 29.69.

Race eight, heat four: 1, Willies Blaze, William Robinson, 29.66.

Race nine: 1, Loose Toy, Catherine Redmond, 29.77.

Thursday's card featured the first round of the Terry Corden A2 Stake, and there was a blistering run in heat two when the John Nevin and Martin Walshowned 'Notre Pere' flew down the back straight to score a very impressive 13-length 28.70 win.

Heat one saw the Maria Byrne-trained ' Dysart Miller' overpower leader ' Bridgemar Dash' up the straight to score by two and a half lengths in 29.20 for owners Bill Terry and William Power.

The Nick Turner-trained 'Panda Man' had to battle hard to get the better of 'Willies Brindle' by half a length in heat three in a time of 29.16.

Heat four went to trainer Maria Byrnes' own dog, 'Dysert Davdor', who led and went on to score by five and a half lengths to complete a nice double. The time here was 29.25.

Heat five saw a right battle between 'Clonroche Lark' and 'Kingsmill Fox' down the back but, turning for home, 'Lark' got ahead and went on to score snugly by two and a half lengths in 29.08 for John Kehoe.

Heat six went to the Paddy McDonald-owned 'Brave Mack' who led and ran out a comfortable two and a half lengths 29.24 winner.

The ninth and tenth races were good A1 races. The ninth saw 'Leading Striker', owned by RichardWalsh Jnr., lead and hold on well by three-quarters of a length from 'Old Timer Seamus' in 29.27.

Reserve I 'Earth Trigger', owned by the Compass team, came in to the tenth race, a 575 affair, and duly won by five lengths in 31.91.

Earlier, 'Compass Lauren' had scored for the Wadsworths in race two, an A3 graded race. Race one, an A4, went to 'Baileys Breeze' when leading from trap to line in 29.76, much to the delight of owner Laurence Corcoran who hails from over the border in Co Carlow.

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