Dog Chat: Colourful in flying form for Red Mills
Spearhawk's romp through the Red Mills Produce Stakes came to a sudden halt on Sunday when he was bumped out of contention in the semi-final and a new favourite has emerged in the form of Colourful Bolt.
Michael Delahunty's Colourful Bolt has now made it through unbeaten and could remain so on the evidence of his latest victory.
In the semi-final, he just edged the bend from Whiteys Hawk and Spearhawk and, while the latter suffered badly, Colourful asserted and raced away for a comfortable victory in 28.55 from big-finishing St Louis Charlie and Whiteys Hawk.
Best drawn in the final is probably Uncle Eoin, owned jointly by his trainer James Robinson and leading Flat jockey Kieren Fallon. He finally got his starting right on this occasion and went neck and neck to the bend with Broadstrand Lad.
Here Uncle Eoin powered ahead and had victory sealed a long way out, winning in 28.60 by four lengths from Broadstrand with Bit View Micko a strong-finishing length third.
Uncle Eoin occupies six in the final and he will have plenty of room, with Colourful Bolt seeking the inside from his five draw. It should be another very memorable Produce Stakes final night at Clonmel on Sunday.
One of the best cards in recent years will be on offer at Shelbourne on Saturday, comprising the four second-round heats of the Hegarty Bookmakers 600, the four heats of the Healthcare & Transport Services Puppy Oaks and the four heats of the Larry Dunne Open 525.
The quality of the Puppy Oaks first round was quite astounding with all eight winners under the 29-second mark and four of them below 28.70. The third heat really stands out on Saturday, with Local Flyer, Razldazl Lily and Droopys Twirl set to clash.
The Hegarty 600 is of the usual terrific standard and the two dogs to stand out in the first round were Tyrur Domingo and Kingo, who have avoided each other in the draw.