Hawaii the star of fine Holland four-timer
The Graham Holland bandwagon rolls on. The Golden-based trainer enjoyed another bonanza at Shelbourne on Saturday as he turned out four winners, including victory for Rural Hawaii in the €7,000 ECC Timber Champion 550 final.
Having won the BoyleSports Race of Champions at Tralee less than a month ago, Rural Hawaii was completing a tremendous double and has now established his strong claims for the forthcoming BoyleSports Irish Derby which commences at Shelbourne on August 13.
The 550 yards decider provided the very large and vociferous attendance with a thrilling battle between two highly-rated young trackers, Rural Hawaii and Skip Glory. They raced neck and neck to the corner but, crucially, Rural Hawaii had the inside line of the duo and a bump between them saw Rural Hawaii enter the back straight a length in front. Rural then cut off Skip Glory entering the third bend and galloped on strongly up the straight to win by three parts of a length from Skip Glory in 30.09 with a second Holland runner Hovex Prince another two-and-a-half lengths third.
The winner, a son of Head Bound and Duck Fat, is owned jointly by Helen O'Dwyer from Clonmel and her Hawaii-based son Mike and was home-bred. The Derby is now the obvious target for this precocious youngster which ran up the Kirby Memorial to Cable Bay.
Another hugely impressive winner for Holland was Sidarian Vega which showed a new side to his make-up by coming from behind on his way to a thundering victory in an Open 525 final in the race before the final.
He was a few lengths down on Coolykereen Fire down the back but headed that rival before the third bend and then powered clear to win by five-and-a-half lengths in 28.61. He could well run in the Champion Stakes next weekend prior to the Derby.
The night's major sponsor PJ Fahy also hit the headlines with a very impressive treble which suggests that his Tyrur charges could be making quite a splash in both the Champion Stakes and the Derby.
The lightly-raced Tyrur Tommy looked a real Derby prospect as he left his rivals stranded for early pace in an Open 550 and came home two-and-a-half lengths clear of Offshore Bound in 29.74. Tyrur Dicky made a procession of the concluding Open 575 as she blasted from traps and cruised to a five-and-a-half-length victory over Creamery Bale in 31.29 with hot favourite Greenwell Hulk a late-closing third.
The Fahy charge commenced with Tyrur Van Persie showing he has retained much of his old ability as he beat Allen Wizard by three lengths in 28.73.