vic hits champion form
Ballymac Vic is rapidly emerging as Ireland's best young tracker and he could well go off favourite for the Irish Derby if he turns in another top-flight show in Saturday's Champion Stakes decider at Shelbourne Park.
Liam Dowling's young tracker was stunning in the semis at the weekend when he broke smartly from the inside box in the third heat, moved to the middle of the track and then proceeded to open up an amazing 13-length gap over Razldazl Barack in 29.42.
That time was only seven spots superior to Droopys Jet's time in the second heat. Fraser Black's tracker asserted himself on the opening bend from Tyrur Big Mike and was never in any trouble. He raced on powerfully to win by four lengths from Sparta Maestro in 29.49.
The opening heat saw Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Bugatti also produce a powerful effort from the three box to win by three lengths in 29.53. Big-finishing Tibetan Skies came from the rear to pip Tyrur Willyjoe for second spot.
It was the second winner of the night for Ruth, who earlier provided the fastest winner in the Champion Plate. Razldazl Apollo was having only his fifth race in the opening heat but he performed mightily to win in 29.69.
Another young star, Conor Fahy's Tyrur Sugar Ray came from a bad position to win the third heat, by a length from Barefoot Duke in 29.88.
The other semi-final saw Owen McKenna's wide-running Camas come from well off the pace to snatch a short head margin over Tyrur Blanche in 30.03.