'Sand' storm gains verdict for Whelan
Winner of an All-Ireland hurling medal with Wexford back in 1968, Seamus 'Shanks' Whelan reached another sporting pinnacle at Waterford on Saturday when Piercestown Sand gained a dramatic victory in the €13,000 Red Mills Masters.
What made it ultra special was the fact that Whelan bred, owns and trains the son of Ace Hi Rumble. Indeed, he had another comrade, Piercestown Con, in the final.
The race was dictated by the first bend bump which Piercestown Sand gave the leading Sparta Maestro. The latter then produced a huge finishing burst but the photo showed that Piercestown Sand had held on for a head verdict over Sparta Maestro in 29.61.
While the local runner was denied in the Waterford final, the local runner came good in the final of the Michael Fitzpatrick Oaks at Newbridge. The Jerry Melia owned and trained Nikitas Scut saw off the late run of Tyrur Monica in 28.58.
Favourite Broadstrand Lad made no mistake in the final of the Tyrur Kennels Open 575 at Curraheen.
John Linehan's charge was never troubled as he won from Knockane Rebel in 31.23.