HELEN'S BAY owner John McLaughlin enjoyed a terrific victory at Shelbourne Park on Saturday when his bitch Slip The Genie landed the €5,000 Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 final.
The only female in the line-up, Genie was a close third to the bend behind Kokoro and Ringtown Snowy.
She kicked on at the second bend but had to dig extremely deep to contain the persistent challenge of Ringtown Snowy by half a length in 31.12. Gizmo Classic, 9/4 favourite, came in a three-lengths third.
McLaughlin, who has a real gem in this young daughter of Blackstone Gene, said: "In her last 13 races she has never been out of the first three. The 575 is probably a little short for her.
"She has won over 750 yards and appears to stay well, so the Corn Cuchulainn would be an obvious target."
Aidan Denton's Enniscorthy racer Kereight King gave another glimpse of his huge potential when winning a semi-final of the Tyrur Big Mike Open 525 in 28.38. He led from the first bend but was pushed all the way by Hot Pursuit before winning by a length.
In the other semi-final, Graham Holland's Murralli Junior went past Climb A Tree at halfway and went on for a four-length margin in 28.58.
Both finals were captured by Ulster kennels, with Dungannon's Paddy Corrigan turning out Hillcroft Champ to win the Tyrur McGuigan Open 525 in 28.59 from Priceless Pilot.
There is no racing tonight but the action will resume with a meeting scheduled at Harold's Cross tomorrow.
Number of the day
50,000 – the guaran-teed pool in euro for the Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot next Saturday night after the weekend €33,000 pool failed to be won.
How did you get on?
Our initial article on January 5 recommended Slip The Genie as an ante-post bet for the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575. Did you take the advice?