Fred fastest but Holland a seven-time star
Trainer Graham Holland enjoyed another remarkable night at Shelbourne on Saturday when his team of ten runners yielded a return of seven winners and three placed runners. Making it more impressive was that four of those winners were in the heats of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup.
Yet it was the Larry Dunne owned Slippery Fred which emerged as the star performer on the night as he maintained his rich vein of form with a sizzling 29.37 victory in the concluding heat.
The winner of the Gold Cup a week earlier went off at 5-2 but he dominated the contest after a flying start and came home two lengths in front of the favourite Jaytee Jet.
Shock of the night was the defeat of Holland's brilliant bitch Ballydoyle Honey as she failed by a length to collar Maurice Heffernan's Country Legend in Heat 3 in 29.53. The strong staying Country Legend got in front from traps and defied catching.
Otherwise it was success all the way in the heats for the Holland trained runners with Sidarian Vega in 29.61, Skywalker Rory in 29.53, Rural Hawaii in 29.73 and Notorious Ben in 29.97 racing to victory.
Best time on the supporting card was the 28.35 run from the Paul Hennessy trained Kilara Rex as he led from the second bend in winning an open 525 by three lengths from Rural Maui.
Meanwhile, there was an astonishing run from the Ian Reilly trained Hee Haws Sheriff in the second round of the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint at Curraheen Park as he shattered the previous record of 17.34 when covering the 330 yards in 17.24 in the opening heat.
The brilliant early paced Hee Haws Sheriff was in front after a few yards and powered his way to a four and a half length victory over kennel companion Quietly with Outonalimb third.
Leonard O'Hanlon supplied the next best as Ballymac Sexton led all the way in Heat 2 and won by three and a half lengths from Coolemore Jet in 17.46.
The other two heats saw Robert Gleeson complete a fine double with Ballymac Bigmike in 17.56 and Toolmaker Scot in 17.65 racing to victory.
The Pat Buckley-trained Lenson Rocky maintained his unbeaten record when winning the first semi-final of the GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic at Tralee on Friday and he will be a short priced favourite to land the €15,000 prize next weekend.
Lenson Rocky led all the way when beating Turree Bolt by three lengths in 28.35 while the second semi was won by the Owen McKenna trained Escapism which led on the third bend for a two length margin.