Mafi does the Magic for Leahy
Both overnight favourites survived to the final day of the National Coursing Meeting after a splendid second session at Powerstown Park yesterday.
This was coursing of the highest order and the slipping was far more satisfactory all round than on the opening day. The result was epic fare up the field with the usual talking point -- or two -- that always occur at such events.
The only leading fancy to bow out of the Boylesports.com Derby was the major pre-coursing gamble, Wilton Herald. He went out very tamely against Mailroad George in the first run through but otherwise things went very much according to plan in the dog's classic.
Adios Alonso, as short as 2/1 at the start of proceedings, was not as convincing as he had been on the first day. He disposed of Cooga Ruby handily in his first outing but then had to pull out all the stops to lead Likely Treble by a length and a half in the afternoon.
Fastest on the clock in yesterday's two rounds was Don and Ger Buckley's Mucky Eamonn as he scorched upfield three lengths clear of Mailroad George. The buckle of the day came virtually at the end of the Derby action with Donal Leahy's Mafi Magic edging out Tipoka after a thrilling battle.
At the end of the day, the betting was very wide open with Prevelence and Adios Alonso -- which clash this morning -- the 3/1 joint favourites.
The Hotel Minella Oaks also looks wide open, with overnight favourite Needham Time getting a bye in the third round, though connections would have liked her to get off lighter in that trip up field.
The major talking point in the Oaks was the second-round defeat of new favourite Intense Focus by Class Attraction and the winner was then put out by Dermot and Sheila O'Sullivan's Vacume Starlight next time to slips after both bitches went offline as Class Attraction was leading.
At close of play in the bitch classic the Ian Reilly trained Needham Time was the 5/2 favourite but with Helens Diva a close 3/1 second choice. The final day of the meeting will get under way at 11.30 this morning.