Saturday 21 April 2018

Six wins from ten races at Waterford for local owners

CO. WEXFORD owners took Waterford track by storm on Saturday night last when recording no less than six wins from the ten races.

The track was running in hot order and there was none faster than the Philip Lynch and Michael Cullen (New Ross)-owned 'Toker Turbo' ('Droopys ScolariCiaras Turbo') who was recording his sixth win when flying out of his favourite trap one draw to scoot clear down the back, having little difficulty holding 'Ohio Captain' in a flying time of 28.35.

'Toker' is fast becoming a punter's favourite as his card reads six wins, six seconds and two thirds from 15 starts - a very nice return indeed.

Just two spots behind was the ninth race winner 'Thats Forbidden' ('CrashGreat Plan') owned by the I'm A Dog Syndicate and trained by Liam Butler Snr.

'Forbidden' also flew out of trap one and raced to an impressive win in a scorching 28.37, his fourth win from 13 starts and a big personal best in his short career.


Race eight, the final of the Purple and Gold A4 Stake for €1,000, saw the unbeaten 'Kingsmill Ace' ('Top Honcho-Lunar Vacation'), owned by John and Aidan Roche (Barntown), justify the hot favourite tag when getting to the front at the first bend and going clear down the back.

However, 'Courtwood Ben' was cutting him down with every stride in the home straight, but 'Ace' did enough to score by a length in a good 28.68 for his fourth straight win which is a tremendous statistic. 'Ballinclare Eze' ran on well to take third in this competitive race.

Race two, an A4, saw the Thomas Colfer-owned 'Bannow Bruce' ('Top Savings-Fois Gras') put his good early pace to full use from his trap one draw to lead and go away to score well by four and a half lengths in a useful 28.98, for his third win from 20 starts.

Wexford owner Peter Nolan enjoyed a nice win in race three when his 'Jades Gem' ('Droopys Scolari-Ma Ma Blue') recorded her third win.

She tracked cleverly to go up the inside at the first bend and go away to score by three lengths in 29.20. 'Jades Gem' is trained by Barntown man Eamon Moore and this was an impressive success.

Then in the tenth race trainer Nick Turner from Coolcotts in Wexford produced 'Happy Hermit' ('Royal Impact-Happy Moments') to score a fine trap to line win, his fifth, holding the finishing run of 'Kanasef' by three lengths in a fast 28.63.

At Thurles the second round of the prestigious Tipperary Cup took place and 'Ballinaboola Boss' kept Wexford's interest alive when taking heat four for owner Niamh Murphy, getting to the front approaching the third bend before going on to score in 29.09 for his seventh career win.

This son of 'Droopys Maldini-Blackstone Joy' is right in the mix going into the next week and his progress will be watched with considerable interest.

On Friday night at Newbridge the John Atkinsonowned 'Leahs Impact' ('Royal Impact-Leahs Lady') won his heat of the Track Supporters' A1/2 550 when coming home strongly off the last bend to score going away in a good 30.26.

This was his fifth win and he is also in contention for outright honours.

Monday night of last week at Enniscorthy saw another good run from the unbeaten ' Roseville Gold', owned by Tom O'Donnell and Gavin Byrne and trained by Pa Gordon.

This son of ' Ballymac Maeve-Roseville Becky' once again proved a different class in the unraced final when scoring in a superb 28.88, and it will be interesting to see where he goes next.

The John Spracklinowned 'Moreton Marauder' continued his recent good form on Sunday night at Clonmel when he scored a nice six-length win in 29.02.

This son of 'HeadboundTons Of Fun' is proving a nice money-spinner and is really catching the eye with his impressive performances of late.

Another dog that is in good form at the moment is 'Ballarue Plan' ('CrashGreat Plan') as he won his second sprint final in a few weeks, the first race of the B.E.A.M. meeting at Kilkenny track on Sunday night, taking the €600 prize for owner Breda Kennedy (New Ross).

The victor is trained by Liam Butler Snr. who made it two winners from two runners over another fruitful weekend for the Liam Mellows Park, Wexford, man with strong roots in St. Martin's country.