'Ashfield' makes impact for Morris at Shelbourne Park
THE DERBY picture is starting to take shape after the shock exits of some of the fancied contenders on Saturday night last.
Although there was no Wexford interest, there was a good Wexford winner at Shelbourne in the first race, the Ladbrokes open 525, when the Vincent Morris (Kilrane)-trained 'Ashfield Impact' ('Ballymac Maeve-Minglers Impact') broke well from the trap five box and stormed to the lead, running on well to hold the challenge of 'Yonko' to score a superb 28.63 victory. 'Ashfield' is owned by Kitty Goldsmith and was scoring his second victory at the track.
Indeed, it was a good week for Vincent as 'Bing Sveta' ('Headbound-Varria Lark') scored her eighth win for his wife, Helen Morris, when taking the first race at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last.
The Texacloth puppy derby second round took place at Newbridge track on Friday night last and there was a good Wexford winner of heat two when the Liam Butler Snr.-trained 'Thats Forbidden' ('Crash-Great Plan') tracked well after missing his break to go second down the back straight before going to the front off the last bend and scoring a fine 28.83 win, the fifth from 15.
Owners the I'm A Dog Syndicate will be looking forward to this week's semi-finals as 'Forbidden' is right in the mix only a length off the fastest heat winner. He has drawn trap five again this week and a better break can see him make the final.
Kilcohan Park, Waterford, is gearing up this week for its festival of racing and it will have a great Wexford participation in many of the finals this Saturday night.
On Saturday night last the remaining final places were decided and the A2 Stake will have four Co. Wexford runners.
Firstly the Anton and Tony Butler (Rathaspeck)owned 'Telex Storm' ('Royal Impact-Oasis Now') did just that, storming to the front at the first bend and running on strongly to score in a good 28.84.
The second semi saw a Wexford one, two, three as the Nick Turner-trained 'Cruisen On True' made good use of his trap two draw to lead and followed up last week's win when scoring by two lengths from 'Bannow Bruce', owned by Thomas Colfer, and 'Ballycowen Finn', trained by Anton Butler, with only a short head separating them for second and third places in 28.96.
'Cruisen' is a son of 'Royal Impact-Coco Nikita' and was scoring his fifth win from 15 starts.
The A1 final will have two Wexford runners as the John Spracklen (Saltmills)-owned 'Moreton Marauder' scored his seventh win of his career when coming from off the pace in the second semi-final to get home by a length from 'Zippy Mulane' and 'Happy Hermit' getting up for third qualifying spot for Nick Turner in a winning time of 28.90.
The all finals night featuring the Unraced, 730, 550, 575, Tri-Distance and Open 525 makes for a cracking night's racing this Saturday, and Wexford owners can make their mark once again.
With the derby quarter-finals also live on TV, what a great night's racing it promises to be.
Earlier in the night in race three the Dermot Flynn (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Tagalong Gerry' ('Royal Impact-Tag Along Ivy') scored his fifth win from 38 starts when scoring in 28.83 despite running wide off the last bend.
The fourth race, an S3/4 325, saw a one-two for Wexford owners as the Noel Freeman (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Rains Pals' ('Ballymac Maeve-Parisienne Way') led and held off fellow Wexford runner 'Crucial Torres', trained by Nick Turner, by one and a half langths in 17.94.
The David Jordan (Ashfield Drive, Wexford)owned 'Archaton Ace' ('Killahan Panther-Archaton Queen') put in a fine run in the A0/1 575 at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last as 'Ace' scored his twelfth win, coming home in a fast 31.77.