'Norristown Bud' does the business
THERE WAS a great Wexford win at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last in the final of the April Stakes for owners the Sawdust Syndicate and trainer Anton Butler when hot favourite 'Norristown Bud' ('Nobooth For Gary-Shaggy Lady') followed up his impressive semi-final win.
Coming from behind leader 'Kiltrea Ki't after taking a bump at the first bend, he grabbed a fine win, his fifth, and this fine 80-pounder is very much on the up and recorded a fast 29.06 -10 slow. Syndicate owner Richie Doyle's (Doyle's Butchers, Main Street, Wexford) choice cuts are working a treat, so well done to all.
The ultra-consistent 'Miss Gold Bars' ('Headbound-Five Gold Bars') scored her 18th race win on Friday night at Harold's Cross. After a slow start she was last at the first bend, however she made up rapid ground down the back to go second at the fifth bend, and she came home strong to grab the money near the line by a neck in 42.11 (750 yards). Owner Jay Ryan (Enniscorthy) is having great sport with this lady.
In Kilkenny the Red Mills Unraced semi-finals were taking place and the Pat Gordon-trained 'Farloe Ace' was sent off the red-hot favourite in the second semi. Again his trapping was poor, and he had to make up a lot of ground to get the third qualifying spot for this week's final. 'Ace' will have to get better from the traps if he is to make an impression this Friday night.
The Piercestown team headed for Shelbourne on Saturday night, with Thomas Coleman's 'Piercestown Lucy' running an honourable third in the final of the Puppy Oaks behind the flying winner, 'Rockburst Beryl', in a time of 28.28.
The open sprint saw 'Piercestown Liam' follow up from his stake win at Enniscorthy on Thursday night when he was a fortunate winner as he stayed wide all the way while the other three runners impeded each other. 'Liam' ran well to record 19.06 and this son of 'Royal Impact-Great Plan' has now won 15 races for owner Sharon Shinkwin, trained by her husband, Ronnie.
Wexford owners got off to a flying start at Waterford on Saturday night, winning the first three races, and better was to come in race six as the Michael Furlong (Enniscorthy)-owned 'High Sparky' took the €1,000 A4 final, posting a career-best time of 28.79. 'Sparky' was led down the back by 'Cathy's Clown' before staying tight off the last bend to get up to score by a head. This son of 'Ace Hi Rumble-Trailer Dawn' is another on the up.
Owner Darren Henderson saw his 'Crucial Bolt' score a good win in the first race when, up with the pace from the start, she went on at the third and ran out a comfortable winner in 31.69 (575). Michael Henderson is the trainer.
Barntown trainer Nick Turner scored a nice double in races two and three. 'Crusin On True' went into double figures when leading from trap to line to record a 29.15 win by four lengths, and 'Crusin's full sister, 'Miss Camelot' ('Royal Impact-Coco Nikita') was just as impressive when leading and taking race three in 29.28 to record her sixth race win.
Trainer Brendan Murphy put the disappointment of the previous evening behind him, having no luck in the stake final, when getting a win with the Carol O'Connor (Ferns)-owned 'Rockmount Talay' ('Westmead Hawk-Rockmount Fancy') in the A7 semi-final at Newbridge. The time was 29.69, and 'Talay' was scoring her first win from only her second start.