Six winners at Waterford in good week
WITH SIX winners at Waterford and winners at Newbridge and Thurles, it was another good week for local owners and trainers.
Enniscorthy owner Dermot Flynn had a good weekend double with his 'Tagalong Sue' ('Tullymurray Act-Tagalong Ivy') winning race five on Friday night at Waterford when scoring a first win from her second start in an A8/9. Showing good early dash for a split of 3.26, 'Sue' led and went on to record a three and a half length win in 29.42.
Thurles on Saturday was the venue for 'Tagalong Hi Rum' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Trailer Dawn') to complete the double when it was a lucky 13 start, scoring for the first time when taking heat four of the A4/5 Stake by staying on well from behind to score by four lengths in a good 29.25. Derek Kehoe of Slaneyside fame is training this fellow.
The Nicholas Jones-owned 'Wajas Dot' ('Scolari Me Daddy-Wajas Tail') was scoring her fourth race win when taking up the running at the third bend in race four, an A5, to record a career-best time of 28.99 at Waterford Friday night.
Saturday night saw four Co. Wexford wins, and the best was saved until last as in race ten, the Open A1, John Atkinson's 'Leah's Impact' produced another fast win following the previous week's superb run.
Although he had to come from behind, 'Leah's went through at the third bend and raced strongly to the line to record a fastest of the night 28.68, his 15th win. This September '09 son of 'Royal Impact-Leah's Lady' is running better than ever.
Race three, an A5, saw the Eddie Flynn (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Stargate Rosy' ('Winetavern Oscar-Tinahely Mary') score his seventh win when he put in a strong finish to collar leader 'Lady Libby' on the line to score by the minimum distance in a time of 29.19.
Another Enniscorthy winner came in race four, an A3/4 550, when the Michael Furlong-owned 'High Bally' ('Big Daddy Cool-Trailer Dawn') returned to something like his old form when he came with his strong-finishing run up the inside of the wide-running 'Bandicoot Boo' off the last bend to score for the ninth time in a good 30.35.
Race five, the A7 final of €900, saw the Timothy Looby-owned 'Gimme Rumble' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Kerryroad Lucy') score his first race win when taking up the running at the third to draw away to score by three lengths in 29.30. 'Rumble' picked the right night to open his account.
The trip to Newbridge was a profitable one for two trainers when firstly the Brendan Murphy (Ferns)-trained 'Excelerator' ('Droopys Scolari-Rockmount Euro') took the S4/5 sprint race by four lengths in 19.97 to record his seventh win for owners the Peelers syndicate.
Then Enniscorthy trainer John Kavanagh with the John Somers-owned 'Afghan Girl' ('Winetavern Oscar-Swift Mermaid') brought her career tally to three wins when she led and held on to score by a short head in 42.71.
'Afghan' promises to be a nice money-spinner over this kind of distance during the summer months.