Trend sets a red-hot Comerford 525 standard
Saturday's bumper card at Shelbourne lived up to expectations with a series of brilliant performances over the 13 races.
The star of the night was Hot Trend, which posted a flying 28.10 as he won his second-round heat of the Comerford Cakes Open 525.
Hot Trend is owned by event sponsor Peter Comerford and Tony Moore; the pair also won last year's event with Black Alder. In winning Heat 3 by four lengths from Tyrur Hugo Hot Trend was completing a quick double for trainer Owen McKenna, who had won the previous heat with the hitherto unlucky Viber.
Hot Trend flew to the corner and his 28.10 run puts him atop the Comerford table, but there are any number of dangers in this star-studded stake.
Viber was winning the first race of his career as he led all the way to foil Treblesforshow in 28.51.
Pat Buckley's Droopys Wilbury put last week's defeat firmly behind him when he got away smartly in the final heat and ran out a three-and-a-half-length winner from Toolmaker Metro in 28.35.
This was the second leg of a Buckley double as his Droopys Almond had won the opening heat with a blistering 28.31 as he led home Bull Run Bolt by a length and a half.
Deanridge Milano in 28.45 and Good News in 28.47 were the other heat winners.
Graham Holland's Ballinakil Clare was the hottest favourite of the night and she produced the fastest time in the Gain Christmas Oaks as she led all the way for a five-length margin over Tyrur Blondie in 28.24.
The bitches were in top form and there were 28.32 runs from Liam Dowling's Ballymac Belle as she won the opening heat and Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess as she got up late to win by a length from Skywalker Pearl.
The other heat winners were Peter Cronin's Frankies Lady in 28.41, PJ Fahy's Tyrur Gene in 28.85, John Linehan's Droopys Harbour in 28.35 and John Fox's Philidora in 28.88.