Stake semi-finals produce couple of upsets
THERE WAS a good crowd on a lovely pleasant night on Thursday last, and the track was in tip-top order. The feature was the two semi-finals of the Simon Kavanagh Memorial and Moyne Veterinary Clinic A3 575, and there was some upsets in both races.
Race six was the first semi, and 'Piercestown Boy' was strong favourite but trap six is tricky in the 575 races and he was not out well. Trap two's 'Tain Flip' set the pace and while 'Piercestown' was looking for a run, 'Tain' was making the best of her way home, crossing the line four lengths clear of the favourite who got up to catch 'Jills Jingler' close home for second in a good 31.71 for owner Paddy Nolan.
The second semi was a more open-looking race, and 'Kiltrea Ally', cutting out the early running, was doing well, holding the challengers off until the home straight, but the strong-finishing trap six runner 'Lady Loury Lee', owned by the EOC Syndicate, proved two lengths too strong in 31.87. James Mythen is the winning handler.
The line-up for this week's final is: 1, Jills Jingler; 2, Kiltrea Ally; 3, Tain Flip; 4, Leahs Impact; 5, Piercestown Boy; 6, Lady Loury Lee.
The first race of the night was an A5, and the Nick Turner-trained 'Willies Brindle', owned by William Robinson (Wexford), led and ran out a snug two-length winner from the running on 'Minister Hill' in 29.40 to record his 19th win from 76 races.
Race two, an A4, saw a big run from the Martin Codd-owned and David Morris-trained 'Ushers Luke' who stormed clear to score by 13 lengths in a fine 28.85.
Race three was an A3, and trap one's 'Martiova' was made odds-on favourite, but as traps went up she missed her start and 'Tinnahinch Rebel' led, only for trap two's 'Sauce Machine', owned by Paul and Martin Atkinson, to prove a length too good for the latter in 29.55.
Race four was another good one for the bookies as favourite 'Caithers Rocket' didn't get into it as 'General Public' led, but trap two's 'Ashwood Kewell', a 6/1 shot, was coming there with every stride as they turned for the judge. 'Ashwood' was much too strong over the 600 yards to score by two and a half lengths in a good 33.12.
Race five was an A2 and there was a good run from 'Whitefort Lough', owned by Michael O'Connor (Enniscorthy) as trap three's 'Spikes Partner' cut out the running. 'Whitefort' went in pursuit down the back to take it up at the third bend and go on to score by two and a half lengths in 29.15.
An A1 race was the eighth, and hot favourite ' Fatboyz Pacquiao', owned by the Fatboyz Syndicate and trained by Pat Gordon, led and scored an easy win from 'Complete Pete' in a fast 28.83.
The ninth race, an A1 575, was another for the bookies as 5/1 shot 'Go Maxi', owned by Stuart Gethings (Enniscorthy) and trained by Patrick Roban, got out well from her trap one box and led all the way to beat the running on 'Archaton Ace' by three lengths in 31.87.