Ruth closing on double
Published 18/07/2011 | 05:00
DOLORES RUTH is on the verge of completing a double in the Champion Stakes.
Despite the fact that her reigning champion Makeshift was narrowly deprived of a place in the final, two of his half- brothers won their heats on a memorable night at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Following his disappointment when unluckily eliminated from the English Derby quarter-finals when a red-hot favourite to land that classic, Razldazl Jayfkay bounced back to top form as he won the second semi in a best time of 29.90.
He led all the way and held off the strong challenge of Colorful Champ by a length.
Jayfkay's litter brother Kingo had earlier won the opening heat when getting up late to beat Tyrur Domingo by half a length in 30.12. The final heat saw James Robinson's 7/1 outsider Uncle Eoin fly out of the traps and enjoy a trouble-free journey in beating Broadstrand Lad by seven lengths in 29.93.
Fastest time of the night was returned by Seamus Whelan's Piercestown Sand as he won the opening heat of the Champion Plate by half a length from Shelbourne Geoff in 29.82. The other heat winners were Graham Holland's Meadow Bank Owl in 30.12 and Conor Fahy's Tyrur Henry in 29.90.
It was a truly memorable weekend for Ruth as she also won the final of the Corn Cuchulainn with Fleeting Image at Harold's Cross on Friday night.