Majestic Honey again the Shelbourne star
It was yet another Saturday night to remember at Shelbourne and once again the shining star was that amazing bitch Ballydoyle Honey as she produced yet another phenomenal performance in winning her semi-final of the Gain Christmas Oaks.
She was only fourth down the back straight as Follys View cut out the running from Rural Maui and Frozen Melody.
But there was something quite majestic about Ballydoyle Honey as she accelerated from halfway and adroitly flew past the front three runners around the bottom bends before racing to a glorious two-and-a-half-length winning margin over Follys View in a sizzling 28.02, with Urban Gossip three lengths third.
There was an exciting second semi with Yahoo Perlena setting a strong gallop but Ballydoyle's litter sister Hovex Princess finished fast to snatch a dead-heat in 28.25.
Graham Holland, the trainer of both Ballydoyle Honey and Hovex Princess, completed a five-timer on the night and Proud Graham was also hugely impressive when winning the second semi-final of the Comerford Cakes Open in a brilliant 28.10.
Proud Graham flew from traps and never saw another rival. He was chased into the back by Toolmaker Scot and Black Alder and always had their measure, coming home four and a half lengths clear of Toolmaker.
There was also a terrific effort from the Owen McKenna-trained Farloe Joey in the first semi.
Creamery Bale had a healthy lead into the back, but Farloe Joey really flew the back straight and hit the front between the final bends. From there Farloe was much too strong and came home three and a half lengths in front of Creamery Bale in 28.11, with Anopheles another three and a half lengths third.
The card also included the final of the Ferramo Open 550 and this saw the Larry Dunne-owned Slippery Fred return to his best form after a disappointing effort in the semi. He went up fast and the further he went, the bigger the margin. He eventually won by eight lengths from Highview Premier in 29.61.