Dog Chat: Broadstrand hits top gear
Broadstrand Lad returned to winning ways when clocking the fastest time in the semi-finals of the College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup at Shelbourne and the Cork dog is now arguably the one to beat in next weekend's final.
Contesting the opening semi-final, the John Linehan-trained Broadstrand Lad got up late to beat Makeshift by a length in 29.84, with Cian Abbey claiming the third final spot.
Dolores Ruth, trainer of Makeshift, had better luck in the second heat as Razldazl George collared Slippery Bob close home for a half-length verdict in 29.96, with Hello Ringo two and a half lengths back in third.
Down at Curraheen Park, the semi-finals of the McCarthy Insurances Oaks were run and the Paul Hennessy-trained Tyrur Tinkerbell was the star, winning by seven and a half lengths from Julia in 28.69.
The opening heat saw Fraser Black's Lady Lucielle win by two and a half lengths from Brogan Beetlebug in 28.93. The third qualifier saw Roger Dwan's Borna Client beat Ballymac Linda by five lengths in 28.83.
Saturday was a big night for the Irish at Glasgow track Shawfield, where our three dogs qualified for next Saturday's final of the Scottish Derby.
Pat Buckley's Beaming Dilemma took the opening heat by a length from Bubbly Razldazl in 28.94, with Owen McKenna's Pablo Supreme a head away in third.
McKenna's Farloe Force also qualified as he finished third behind Taylors Cruise and Westmead Grant -- which was subsequently disqualified for causing interference -- in 28.99.