Rory set for bright future under Guilfoyle
Tarsna Rory was an absentee from the second round of the Red Mills Champion Unraced Stake at Kilkenny on Friday night and the reason for his non-participation was made public yesterday when it was revealed that he has been sold.
The son of Skywalker Puma and Tarsna Sal was the star turn in the opening round for Geoff Parnaby, when posting a very quick 28.97.
He displayed both early speed and power to emerge a comfortable winner, suggesting he could develop into something very special.
He certainly appears to have all the required qualities to make a really big name for himself.
He clearly caught the eye of Ray Patterson: the man behind the 'Skywalker' prefix owned Tarsna's sire Skywalker Puma when he raced to Derby glory in 2012. He will be hoping to repeat that feat with his new purchase.
The August '13 whelp is to be renamed Skywalker Rory and will be trained by classic winning handler Pat Guilfoyle. There will certainly be a lot of interest in how he fares.
Also on Friday night were the semi finals of the Lee Strand Charity 550 at Tralee and both heats went to the fairer sex as Happy Endings and Musical Dawn continued their fine run of form.
Not for the first time, Musical Dawn posted the fastest time of the round and the stage is now set for a thrilling final this weekend.
The two semi-final winners have obvious claims, but the big finishing Droopys Hip Hop will also attract plenty of support and would be difficult to contain if turning close to the pace.
It's a busy time for the females. Not only is the Puppy Oaks in full flow at Shelbourne Park, but Limerick will host the final of the Holmes, O'Malley, Sexton Solicitors Oaks on Saturday.
Priceless Lassie and Madams Babe both recorded 28.41 in their respective semi-finals, while Cloon Glory won the other heat in 28.55.
All three heat winners may have to be on their toes in the decider, however, as the Robert Gleeson-trained Slippery Hanna has been handed the best draw in three.
Tonight's action at Harold's Cross could provide a tough test for punters.
There are certainly very few jumping off the card, but for those with patience the finale could offer the greatest hope of picking a winner.
Blacksmith Ace has won around the Cross in the past and if producing anything close to his best he would take some stopping in the A3 contest.
Capable of going up fast, Blacksmith Ace is chosen to make all.
A race earlier, Titanic Lass has been given a chance to add to her tally.
Although not the most prolific, the early paced bitch looks a likely leader and in a race of this nature an early advantage could prove decisive.