Friday 28 April 2017

Brandy scorches to the top of the St Leger tree

Priceless Brandy and kennel companion Jaytee Dutch had been fastest in the first round but they were drawn together in a red-hot fifth heat. (Stock photo)
Priceless Brandy and kennel companion Jaytee Dutch had been fastest in the first round but they were drawn together in a red-hot fifth heat. (Stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Paul Hennessy tightened his hold on the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger when Priceless Brandy was a hugely impressive second round winner at Limerick Stadium on Saturday.

Priceless Brandy and kennel companion Jaytee Dutch had been fastest in the first round but they were drawn together in a red-hot fifth heat. Even worse, they were drawn side by side in the inside traps but, as if by order, Brandy missed the kick and Jaytee Dutch led up. He moved wide on the bend and was challenged into the back by Priceless Brandy and Witches Belle. Priceless hit the front at halfway and won by three lengths from Witches Belle in 29.53 with Jaytee Dutch a length third.

Graham Holland had the next best as Ballinakil Clare led all for a three length margin over Native Chimes in 29.68. Holland had a second winner in Hightview Event which led all in 29.76.

Pat Buckley had a great treble with Coolavanny Pat 29.84, Droopys Punk 29.83 and Lenson Rocky 29. 83 while JJ Fennelly also had a double with Burgess Popeye in 29.88 and Burgess Dubh in 30.18.

The final of the Mulvaney Memorial 600 at Shelbourne was reduced to four runners when Water Fern was a late withdrawal due to a toe infection. Earlier in the week Karlow Billy had also been withdrawn due to a sprained wrist.

Despite only having four runners the final produced a thrilling contest. College Paradise set the pace but Farloe Joey joined him early in the back straight and then shot ahead on the third bend. Farloe looked a winner as they turned for home but College Paradise rallied gamely and nosed ahead in the final yards to win by a head from Farloe Joey in 32.64 with Newlawn Simon a length and a half third.

It was the second leg of a great double within a few minutes for trainer Liam Dowling who had won the final of the Shelley Fennelly Memorial Bitch Stake at Curraheen moments earlier with Ballymac Belle. This lassie also got up very late to beat Boxer Lady by half a length in 28.48. Both Dowling winners are likely to contest the Night of Stars on November 12th.

Paul Hennessy tightened his hold on the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger when Priceless Brandy was a hugely impressive second round winner at Limerick Stadium on Saturday.

Priceless Brandy and kennel companion Jaytee Dutch had been fastest in the first round but they were drawn together in a red-hot fifth heat. Even worse, they were drawn side by side in the inside traps but, as if by order, Brandy missed the kick and Jaytee Dutch led up. He moved wide on the bend and was challenged into the back by Priceless Brandy and Witches Belle. Priceless hit the front at halfway and won by three lengths from Witches Belle in 29.53 with Jaytee Dutch a length third.

Graham Holland had the next best as Ballinakil Clare led all for a three-length margin over Native Chimes in 29.68. Holland had a second winner in Hightview Event which led all in 29.76.

Pat Buckley had a great treble with Coolavanny Pat 29.84, Droopys Punk 29.83 and Lenson Rocky 29.83, while JJ Fennelly also had a double with Burgess Popeye in 29.88 and Burgess Dubh in 30.18.

The final of the Mulvaney Memorial 600 at Shelbourne was reduced to four runners when Water Fern was a late withdrawal due to a toe infection. Earlier in the week Karlow Billy had also been withdrawn due to a sprained wrist.

Despite only having four runners, the final produced a thrilling contest. College Paradise set the pace but Farloe Joey joined him early in the back straight and then shot ahead on the third bend. Farloe looked a winner as they turned for home but College Paradise rallied gamely and nosed ahead in the final yards to win by a head from Farloe Joey in 32.64 with Newlawn Simon a length-and-a-half third.

It was the second leg of a great double within a few minutes for trainer Liam Dowling who had won the final of the Shelley Fennelly Memorial Bitch Stake at Curraheen moments earlier with Ballymac Belle. This lassie also got up very late to beat Boxer Lady by half a length in 28.48. Both Dowling winners are likely to contest the Night of Stars on November 12.

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