WOULD the €25,000 Pick Six be won? That's what many patrons were wondering at Tralee Track last Saturday night and, as it turned out, the pool rolls over again to this Saturday night.
One Tralee patron, at least, had the first three winners at Limerick, but he was scuppered by the Shelbourne Park results.
The racing at Tralee saw a novice emerge as the star of the night in, of all things, an A7 525yds race. That was Tullig Tree (Royal Impact - Tullig Paula), owned by Patrick Ahern, of Abbeyfeale.
Mind you, Patrick Ahern never brings a bad one to Tralee and, in fact, Tullig Tree was the hottest of favourites at 1/2 despite the fact that he was taking on opposition with more than twenty races between them.
He duly delivered in outstanding fashion, leading the charge into the first bend from a trap 4 draw and subsequently dominating to the extent that he had nine lengths to spare at the line from Kincora Castle in a best of the night 28.91 (.20 fast).
It is not often that an A7 winner upstages everything else on a night's racing and it will be very interesting to see how the career of Tullig Tree unfolds.
Over the sprint distance, a run of 17.90 was produced by Cat Wash (Cashen Zig - Shakira Live), which Pat McMahon trains locally for George McNamara, of Lisselton.
She was very easy in the betting market at 3/1, but she showed superb early pace to lead off the first bend from Jeffs Venus and Lisroe and she went on to score by two lengths from Lisroe Rian in 17.90 (.10 fast).
Other winners: Meenleitrim Gold, 29.76; Dilton Cool, 18.24; Farran Carlos, 29.12; Tokenfire Rena, 29.58; Suncrest Diva, 31.69; Satellite Sanna, 29.10; Baltovin Tracy, 29.27; Cloon Premier, 29.14.