'Piercestown Con' has high hopes in Dundalk
THE BAR One Irish Sprint has reached the semi-final stage on Saturday night next at Dundalk, and Co. Wexford is represented by the Sharon Shinkwin-owned, Ronnie Shinkwin-trained ' Piercestown Con' ('Ace Hi Rumble-tyford Blackie') who finished second in his quarter-final.
'Piercestown' has drawn the blue jacket in his semi and has every chance of making it to the final of this sprint classic. Unfortunately, Ronnie's other runner, 'Piercestown Liam', wasn't able to line up due to injury.
Things are building up nicely at Waterford track for their festival of racing night on August 25, an all-finals night, and there are some fantastic special offers like entry for four people, deal of the month, for only €20 (50% saving), or entry for two people who book online for €10 and get a burger plus a beer or wine. This is great value and initiative, and other tracks could learn from Waterford.
On track the first round of the John Duggan A3 Tri-Distance round one saw success in two of the three heats for Co. Wexford runners. Heat two saw the first Wexford winner when Peter Nolan (Davitt Road) saw his 'Jades Jem' flash out of trap two to lead and race to a clear win from 'Tagalong Mikel', owned by Enniscorthy's Tommy English and Dermot Flynn, in a fast 28.72 - a career best and her fourth win from 17 starts for this daughter of 'Droopys Scolari-Ma Ma Blue'). 'Jades' is trained by Barntown handler Eamon Moore.
Heat three also saw a Wexford onetwo as the Richard Walsh Snr.-owned and trained 'Seagrave Sam' ('College Causeway-One Late Surge') came through at the third bend to go on to beat the staying 'Fleeting Mist', owned by Liam and Colm Moore (Barntown), by two and a half lengths in a good 28.89. Both will be big contenders as the stake goes up in distance over the next few weeks.
Race six, an A2, saw the full brother of 'Jades Jem', 'Cruising On By', trained by Nick Turner, take up the running off the second bend and run on well to score in 29.06 - his tenth win from 30 outings.
There was a rare open A1 race at Enniscorthy on Thursday night last with a good first prize of €400, and it was won in great style by the Joe Devlin (Wexford)-owned 'Sauce Mechanic' who raced to a clear victory, coming home over eleven lengths to the good in a fast 28.84 to record his sixth win.
That's four of his last five races won for this son of 'Royal Impact-Leahs Lady' who is in hot form at the moment.