Mornington trainer Davy Reynolds seems set for a great campaign and he celebrated a terrific double at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
Reynolds took over the training of Oran Maestro before Christmas and the dog formerly known as Leamaneigh Story lived up to his huge reputation when a runaway winner of the third heat of the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stake in 28.25.
Maestro, now owned jointly by Elliott Whyte and John O'Sullivan, was foot perfect on his debut for the new connections. A slick start saw him clear into the back straight and he maintained a very impressive gallop to win by all of nine lengths from Airport Captain in 28.25.
Aoifes Hope, Tony Grassick's rising star, made it six wins on the bounce when landing the second heat in 28.71. This race was also decided at traprise as Aoifes Hope broke fast and won by three and a half lengths from Cashels Pride in 28.71.
In the other heat, John McGee's Lochkin Brave was another to make all the running as he held the late run of slow-starting favourite Slippery Robert by a short head in 29.07.
The other big star on show at headquarters was Aidan Denton's Kereight King, which scorched home in 28.30. This son of Droopys Maldini is getting stronger all the time and had the race under control from early on and eventually won by five lengths from Hot Pursuit.
Reynolds also turned out Oran Rossi to win the €1,000 Frightful Flash Kennels Open 525. She tracked Eabhas Fantasy to halfway before asserting herself to win by six lengths from Beany Tunes in 28.90.
The Pick 5 Intertrack Jackpot again defied winning. Two tickets rode on Jimmy Boy in the concluding heat, but he was involved in some crowding and could finish only third behind Priceless Pilot in 28.67.
Number of the day
70,000 That's the guaranteed minimum pool in euro that will be on offer next Saturday for the Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot after Jimmy Boy let down his two supporters in the final leg on Saturday night.