Wednesday 18 January 2017

Holland on the double

Published 21/11/2011 | 05:00

THE first-round action in the National Puppy Stake produced further evidence of the huge young canine talent in Ireland this year.

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While Paradise Martini had posted the best time of the opening session, 28.48, he was surpassed on Saturday when Cabra Noel clocked 28.41 in winning Heat 7.

In what looked a very competitive contest, Highview Dusty led up from Dear Pa but Cabra Noel was a menacing second entering the back. He led by the third bend before running out a two-and-a-half-length winner from Highview Dusty, with Parkfield Harvey and Dear Pa next.

It was the first leg of a great double for trainer Graham Holland as his Farloe Noah made a fast start in Heat 8 and led all the way before holding off the strong challenge of Fridays Carroll by half a length in 28.66.

Heat 4 produced a real upset as the Laurence Jones-trained Hanover Laddie displayed top early pace to win in 28.49. The hot favourites Razldazl Will and Rattlin Goldstar bumped on a number of occasions in the early stages and ruined their own prospects.

Razldazl Will ran on strongly to finish second behind the three-length winner, while Rattlin Goldstar depended on the back door to qualify for the next round.

There was a popular local success in the final of the Con Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday, when Tom Fitzgerald's Ocean Crash led all the way to win by two lengths and a short-head from Saint Bernard and favourite Royal Patrol.

Irish Independent

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