Friday 21 July 2017

Favourites turned over in qualifiers

The final heat saw the Tony Hegarty-owned Unknown Vision led early before being passed by Loskeran Vardy. (stock photo)
The final heat saw the Tony Hegarty-owned Unknown Vision led early before being passed by Loskeran Vardy. (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Favourites didn't fare well in the quarter-finals of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday night with the market leaders turned over in three of the four heats.

The one exception was the Peter Cronin-trained Ela Alecko as last year's finalist won the second heat in 28.52.

He went off joint-favourite at 2-1 and he had luck on his side as he was only third to the bend, where the leader Dream Dude carried Kilgraney Ace wide and Ela Alecko went on to win by two lengths from Galmonian Wally, with Away Jet also qualifying.

Tom Buggy, trainer of the unlucky Kilgraney Ace, had better luck when Kilgraney Denver won the first heat where he led from the bend to win by half a length from ante-post favourite Clonbrien Hero in 28.37, with Beannacht Tagdh only a short head back in third.

Paul Hennessy's Chawke It Down came from well behind to beat Drive On Razer in the third heat by three lengths in 28.52. Arclight Bolt finished strongly to be a neck third.

The final heat saw the Tony Hegarty-owned Unknown Vision led early before being passed by Loskeran Vardy. But Unknown Vision rallied strongly and got back up for a neck verdict over Loskeran Vardy in 28.39, with Gulleen Billy third.

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