Dunne savours tasty Slippery success
Legendary punter Larry Dunne has enjoyed many fine moments at Shelbourne Park, but Saturday's meeting must go down as being extra special as he completed a 1-2 in the final of the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stake to add to an earlier winner on the supporting card.
Dunne Memorial winner Slippery Robert and earlier A2 scorer, litter brother Slippery Joe, are both handled by Robert Gleeson while Slippery Sooty is trained in Dundalk by Dunne.
It was Sooty that kicked off in front in the Dunne final, but he was joined to the bend by Aoifes Hope as odds-on favourite Oran Maestro missed the kick and was then cut off on the bend to lose any chance.
Meanwhile, Aoifes Hope kept a wide course on the opening bend and Slippery Sooty took over. Slippery Robert moved second into the back straight and he was in front just past halfway. From there, Slippery Robert was much too strong for his rivals and eased clear to win by two lengths from Slippery Sooty in 28.44, with Andthen staying on to be a five-length third.
Slippery Joe won the opening contest in 28.85 but the star of the undercard was trainer Paul Hennessy, who completed a terrific treble via Buddy Minor, Priceless Pilot and Hot Pursuit.
Priceless looks a real star over six bends after his swashbuckling performance in winning his debut 750 in 41.92.
Hennessy actually had a six-timer on the night, with Ringtown Snowy winning at Limerick and both Shes A Tornado and Locnamon Bridie chipping in at Curraheen Park
There was a major upset in the semi-finals of the Feramo D 525 at Limerick with new record holder College Maybe badly baulked on the opening bend in the second semi and she could finish only fourth behind the John O'Flynn Jnr trained Dear Pa in a smart 28.49.
The other semi was claimed by Raggletaggle Rio in 28.56.
At Cork the semi-finals of the Guinness Trophy were won by Ronnie Rumble in 29.00 and Nicken Builder in 28.57.
A white jacket?
Leading Irish stayer White Soks Roks is now an odds-on favourite to win next Saturday's £15,000 Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final at Crayford in London after posting easily the fastest time of the semi-finals at the weekend.
Declan Byrne's stayer, currently under the care of Irish-born Danny Riordan will again occupy the six box in the decider.