Track record smashed as Rumble and Boy scorch home in Laurels
The action was fast and furious in the second-round heats of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park on Saturday with the track record being smashed twice, by Farloe Rumble and Curious Boy.
Owen McKenna's Farloe Rumble had been promoted to favouritism for the classic following a brilliant run in defeat in the opening round but a trap four draw was far from ideal in Heat 4.
Yet Farloe got away very well and proceeded to make all the running as he won by seven and a half lengths from Leave At Dawn in 27.92, two spots better than the old record.
Curious Boy had been the star performer of the opening round and the sprightly veteran turned on the style yet again in Heat 6. He was led early by Gyp Rosetti but shot past him to take it up into the opening bend and then stormed home, leading home Gyp Rosetti by four and a half lengths in 27.85 an improvement of a length on the newly set record.
These two dogs now look the dominant forces in this classic but there were other smart runs with Ian Reilly's Quietly leading all the way for a half-length victory over strong-staying Borna Candy and Droopys Ford in 28.13.
There were also flying efforts from Paul Hennessy's Mucho Macho Man as he won in 28.20, while the other heat winners were Greenane Rocco in 28.35, Must Be Jack in 28.28, Civility Counts in 28.38 and Twilight Tear in 28.43.
The BoyleSports Irish Derby was launched in style as Laughil Duke produced a persistent performance in winning the Trial Stake at Shelbourne.
He missed the kick and was then shut off by Swords Ace when challenging at the third bend. But Michael O'Donovan's flying machine got going again and won by half a length from Vivaro Swift in 29.80.
This was Laughil Duke's fifth win on the trot and he must have realistic prospects of emulating his half-brother, 2014 Derby hero Laughil Blake.
Paul Hennessy's Mynewbestfriend was fastest over the 525 yards when leading most of the way for a two-and-a-half-length verdict over Daytona Blue in 28.46.
Graham Holland had a treble on the night with Skywalker Archie in 28.50, Sidarian Riva in 28.69 and Highview Event in 29.74 (550). The final of the Novice 750 was won by Dolores Ruth's Razldazlwestwood as he clocked 41.81 in beating Tyrap Dragi.