Tough trap draw for hot favourite in Unraced Stake
THURSDAY NIGHT'S card featured the second round of the Future Champions Unraced Stake. As in most of these stakes, the cream is coming to the top but unusually two sets of litter comrades won the four heats.
Heat one saw trap one's Mccarthys Bridge sent off hot favourite, but he was slow away and trap six runner Kingsmill Daisy led and went clear into the back straight to go away to beat res. I Clover Soprani by seven lengths in 29.23.
There was better to come for owners Aidan and John Roche (Barntown) when in heat two Kingsmill Messi, also in trap six, took the stake by storm as he also led and just was superb when scorching clear to score by a wide margin in a fine 28.76, the fastest of the stake by far.
Heat three saw trap one's Piercestown Buzz the punters' choice, but it was five runner Tagalong Drogba who led and, with trouble behind, Piercestown was his main challenger, but Tagalong proved two lengths too strong in 29.14. Winning owner Dermot Flynn (Enniscorthy) enjoyed more success in heat four when trap six runner Tagalong Essien was well away and led and ran on well to beat Instant Touch by two lengths in 29.11. Hot favourite Barefoot Henry trailed in fourth and failed to qualify.
The semi-final draw for this Thursday night has made things interesting as hot favourite to win the stake outright, Kingsmill Messi, has drawn a less than favourable trap one in the second semi.
First semi: trap one, Piercestown Buzz; trap two, Dysert Emily; trap three, Tagalong Essien, trap four, Instant Touch; trap five, Kereight Bear; trap six, Kingsmill Daisy.
Second semi: trap one, Kingsmill Messi; trap two, New win Gold; trap three, Tagalong Drogba; trap four, Clonroche Blaze; trap five, Clover Soprani; trap six, Mccarthys Bridge.
The Arthur Guinness day A5 final was race seven and there was a good old tussle between Glencarra Lass, Gunner Blue and Kingsmill Bolt, but it was Gunner who came home the best to score by two lengths and take the €500 prize for trainer Páraic Campion. A few pints of the black stuff were on hand at the presentation. The winning time was 29.62.
Racing got under way with an A4 and the Thomas Dixonowned Spotted Gem led from her trap five draw and ran out a clear winner, coming home by four and a half lengths from Is Feidir Linn in a good 29.18.
Race two saw a battle by the two reserves, E and D, with Ushers Luke putting it up to them also as Ushers led, but Maneens Horay (res. E) went on at the third with Archaton Spirit also challenging off the last bend. After a great battle up the straight, Maneens got by a neck from Archaton with Ushers another neck away in 29.38. The winner was owned by the Knock Syndicate (Horetown, Foulksmills) and trained by Philip Coleman.
Race eight was an A2 550 and while Bridgemar Dash led, the David Jordan-owned Archaton Ace came through to score a clear four and a half lengths win from Aughaderney Fawn in 30.40. The ninth race was an A4 575 and it was a close finish, with Clover Fantasy leading and looking good. However, Ashwood Kewell proved half a length too strong at the line in 31.99 for owners Helen Doyle and John Doyle.
Monday, September 19 winners - Race one, A7/8: Nobooth For Mary, owner Mary Lawlor (Wexford), 29.97. Race two, A6: Elite Hatchy, owners Myles and Padge Roban, 29.82. Race three, first semi Arthur Guinness A5 Stake, Gunner Blue, owner Colin Palmer, trainer Páraic Campion, 29.55. Second semi, Tomjoes Trapper, owner William Kehoe, 29.82. Race five, A4, General Public, owner PCJ Syndicate, trainer J. Anglim, 29.16. Race six, A4, Spikes Partner, owners Seamus Dempsey and James Kehoe, time 29.24. Race seven, A2, Thirsty Murt, owner Ciarán Breen (Ballymitty), trainer Seamus O'Brien, time 29.36. Race eight, A3 575, Jills Jingler, owners Caroline Fielding and Margaret Crotty, time 32.01.