Noel leads Puppy charge
The Graham Holland-trained Cabra Noel is emerging as the dog to beat in the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake. On Saturday, he thrilled a large Shelbourne crowd to another exhibition as he scorched to a fastest-of-the-round 28.51.
Swift Marathon was expected to give him a real test and he did prove to be his main rival. But when Cabra Noel flew out of the inside box he proceeded to dominate the contest and raced on powerfully to win by five lengths from Swift Marathon and What A Gem.
Second fastest on the night was the Murt Leahy-trained Ballybough Hawke as he tracked Tolpuddle Steve into the back straight before unleashing his typical run and he won by four lengths from Ballymac Barn in 28.59.
Shock of the night was the elimination of Rattlin Goldstar from the final heat. He was involved in serious first-bend crowding and Carbury Cheetah shot ahead. The leader carried his challengers wide off the final bend and the fast-finishing Razldazl Will shot through the gap to win by a length and a half from Carbury Cheetah in 28.92.
The other heat winners were Hillcroft Joe in 28.65, Coolavanny Shine in 28.74 and Hather George in 29.07.
PJ and Conor Fahy enjoyed a smashing treble with the highlight being the return to top form of the brilliant Tyrur Big Mike.
After a slow start he flew to the front at halfway and won by eight lengths in 28.65. Fahy had a one-two with Tyrur Lanney and Tyrur Monica in the open 525 final in 28.71, while Tyrur Columbo won an open 575 final in 31.39.