Morris kennels in flying form
THE VINCENT Morris kennel (Kilrane) is certainly in hot form of late and he recorded a fine Thursday/Saturday night double.
Firstly, his wife Helen's good bitch 'Bing Sveta' put in a strong performance when leading from her trap three box on Thursday night and, although she was strongly challenged down the back, she took it up again at the third bend to go away to score in a nice 28.99. This was her tenth win and she has scored on her last three outings.
Then on Saturday night 'Ashfield Impact' lined up in the fifth race, an open, and he flashed out of his trap one box, showing fine early pace and recording a 1.97 split before powering away down the back to score snugly in a good 28.65. 'Ashfield' is owned by Kitty Goldsmith and he may well feature on this Saturday night's derby final card live on RTE Two.
Ferns trainer Brendan Murphy was also on the mark at Newbridge on Friday night when 'Rockmount Eagle' ('Westmead Hawk-Rockmount Flo') took the A2 550 in 30.99, his eleventh win. He has been a very consistent runner for owner Carol O'Connor, winning eleven, being second eleven times and third nine times from 38 starts.
Waterford on Saturday night was profitable for Co. Wexford owners and trainers again, with five winners from the ten races. The Philip Lynch (New Ross)-owned 'Toker Island' ('Droopys Scolari-Ciaras Turbo) was winning her fifth race when she took the second, an A3, when leading and going on to score in a useful 29.15.
Philip almost recorded a double when her brother, 'Toker Turbo', made a gallant effort to lead all the way in the last race but was caught right on the line by the John Atkinson-owned 'Leahs Impact' who has been in good form of late and got up by a short head in 28.91. 'Leahs' tracked cleverly on the inside and got up the inside off the last bend as 'Toker' drifted off, and his staying power proved vital on the run to the line.
Race four was a sprint over 325 and 'Elite Hatchy' ('Nobooth For Gary-Leighmore Gale') showed the better early pace to lead. Although running wide off the last bend, he was too good for his rivals and scored his tenth win for owners Padge and Malo Roban (Enniscorthy) in 17.71.
Race six went to the David Jordan Jnr. and Janice Jordan (Ashfield Drive, Wexford)-owned 'Archaton April' ('Archaton Pine-Ardera Jingle'). Slipping through at the first bend on the inside, 'Archaton' raced to a good win in a fast time of 28.70, her third win of her short career.
Coolballow trainer Anton Butler scored a good win in the ninth race, the A2 semi-final, when 'Telex Boss' led, making good use of his early pace and just doing enough to hold challengers on both sides up the straight to score his tenth race win in a time of 28.77. Leanne Butler is the lucky owner.
The GAIN Future Unraced Stake got under way at Enniscorthy on Monday last and fastest heat winner was the Aidan Denton (Enniscorthy)owned 'Kereight King' ('Droopys Maldini-Quarm Celerime'), taking his in 28.81.