'Kereight' the king of Shelbourne Park
THERE WERE some notable victories again last week for Co. Wexford runners and none more so than the Aidan Denton (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Kereight King' who was most impressive when taking the final of the Tyrur Big Mike At Stud 525 at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
Opposed by 'Hot Pursuit' again, who pushed him close last week, 'Kereight' put this final to bed at the first bend like last week when his quick burst of pace took him clear into the back and he ran on stronger up the straight this time around to score by five lengths in a superb 28.30. He will be a big contender for the upcoming Tote Gold Trophy, won last year by 'Piercestown Sand', and the Enniscorthy owner will be hoping for another Wexford win.
There was two good winners on Thursday night at Shelbourne. 'Urban Hawk' ('Westmead Hawk-Urban Classic') scored his third win for owner Michael Piggott. A 2.01 split saw him lead and run out a comfortable winner in a good 28.77. Michael is a well-known breeder and will have enjoyed this good win.
The George Roche (Barntown)-owned 'Delcash Tactic' has been scoring at a great rate, winning six of his last seven, and still holds his grade which makes him a tough nut to crack as his good early pace is proving. Recording a 2.03 split, he went on to score in 29.01.
Also on Thursday night at Clonmel, the Redmills Unraced Plate got under way and the Tommy Mahoney (Barntown)owned 'Gymstar Jaguar' won his heat in good style by three and a half lengths in 29.22, a first win for this son of 'Crash-Mama Blue'.
Owners Michael and Noel Furlong enjoyed a nice outing when their 'Boundforthestars' ('Headbound-Vera's Jewel') scored his sixth win in the A1 ninth race in 29.92 -60 slow at Harold's Cross on Friday. Seán McCann is the trainer.
It was another great night at Waterford on Saturday, with five Co. Wexford winners on a slow-running track. Race one went to the Seamus Mullally-owned 'Fawn Champ' ('Hondo Black-Posh Doll') who showed the better early pace to lead and went five clear down the back. Turning for home, 'Champ' was finding it tough going and was all out to hold another Wexford runner, 'Archaton Brat', by half a length in 29.66.
Race four went to the John Kavanagh (Enniscorthy)owned and trained 'Captain's Run' ('Hometown Boy-Tweedle Dee') who scored his first win from three starts when recording 29.81. The Oliver McGrath (Castlebridge)-owned 'Wilmount Silver' ('Archaton Pine-Vintage Kewell') was also winning for the first time when taking the sixth race, an A5, by three-quarters of a length from 'High Sparky' in 29.95.
Trainer Nick Turner was also on the mark in the eighth race when 'Cruisin On True' followed up last week's win when taking up the running at the second bend and, railing tightly, the son of 'Royal Impact' ran on strongly to score his ninth career win in 29.56.
The saying leave the best til last was justified when the John Atkinson (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Leah's Impact', another son of 'Royal Impact', made every post a winning one, drawing away for an easy eleventh career win in the best of the night 29.21. His race record now reads 35 times in the frame from 48 starts, a real good money-spinner.