Sunday 17 December 2017

Top class line-up in Memorial Leger final

THERE WILL be a cracking card to enjoy on Thursday night featuring the final of the Reggie and Phil Turner Memorial Leger with a fine €4000 first prize as well as sponsored supporting races.

Last week's semis were really good races and in the first semi the Geoffrey Sherrock (Ballyruane) owned 'Don's Rebel' again showed good pace down the back to go through at the third bend to take up the running from leader 'A Blonde Tail' and go on to score by two and a half lengths from the latter with 'Lightning Liam' getting the third qualifying spot two lengths away in 30.45.

The second semi went to reserve 'Business Doc' going into trap two and he made the most of his opportunity when leading all the way to score by three and a half lengths from 'Dysert Saidhbh' with 'Ballarue Ben' getting the last position in this week's final. Time 30.53. The lucky owners here are Seánie Fenlon and Dean Harpur. The draw for this week's final is: Trap one: Lightning Liam, owner John Flanagan; Trap two: Business Doc, owners Seánie Fenlon/Dean Harpur; Trap three: Dons Rebel, owner Geoffrey Sherrock; Trap four: Dysert Saidhbh. owner Maria Byrne; Trap five: A Blonde Tail, owner Michael Gordon; Trap six: Ballarue Ben, owner Breda Kennedy.

The verdict: 'Dons' is running out of his skin is well drawn and although 'A Blonde' and 'Business' could be the early leaders 'Dons' can pick them up to score, but as in all finals it's a wide open race and the first bend will be a big factor in how the race is run.

Back to last Thursday night the first race an (A4) got things off to a sub twenty nine second start when 'Bullring Lad' ran out a very easy winner by six lengths from ' Madam Blue Eyes' in a fast 28.93 for owner Laurence Corcoran (Co. Carlow).

The second race an (A3) saw 'Field Show' score an overdue win, getting to the front off the second bend to go on to score by one and a half lengths from 'Hipower Elite' in 29.37 for owner and trainer John Kavanagh. Race three an (A3) saw 'Bellavista Dream' score for owner George Roche in 29.30. Maria Byrne's dogs are running well and 'Dysert Special' proved half a length too good for reserve 'Compass Molly' in the fourth race an (A2) in 29.39.

The fifth race an (A2 575) went to the Nick Turner trained 'Crokers Boy', who led and ran on well to hold 'Karvoc Sally' by four and a half lengths in 31.84. Jim Tracey (Waterford) is the owner.

Trainer Anton Butler enjoyed a welcome change of luck when ' Clover Fantasy' came home too strong for a good one and a half win from 'Give it a Chance' in 30.75 (550yrds). Anton and Tony Butler are the owners and 'Clover' was scoring for the fourteenth time. Race nine a good (A0/1) and 'Alnwick Oscar' scored his fourth straight win when taking up the running at the third bend to race clear up the straight to score by three and a half lengths from ' Bruisers Pride' with ' Martinova' running on well a length away in third in 29.02.

Owner Patric Sheil was enjoying his nineteenth win with this fellow. The tenth race an (A/0 600YRDS) and 'Morton Mercury' put in a fine effort when leading and scoring an impressive win for owner John Spracklen (Saltmills)in a fast time of 32.93.

It was a great night on Saturday last at Shelbourne park Derby final night with three Co. Wexford winners on the night. 'Colourful Champ', bred by the Murray family (Piercestown) put in a powerful performance when coming from behind to score an impressive win in the Ladbrokes Consolation Derby and is now trained by Paul Hennessey.

Then the John Doyle owned 'Kiltrea Kev' put in another game display to battle to victory over great rival 'Cooladerry Fizz' in the open stayers race and confirm he's the best stayer in the country.

Then trainer Pat Gordon, who had just missed out on a win earlier, made no mistake in the last race of the night when 'Fatzboyz Tyson' scored a fine victory over 575 in a fast 31.11 to complete a great nights racing. 'Colourful Champ' burst on the scene this time last year when he was competing in Enniscorthy in the upcoming Future Champion unraced stake going on to be runner-up in the final.

The stake is due to start next Monday night and will we see another champion, well we will have to wait and see but this is the stake that has a proven record in the runnings so far.

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