Saturday 18 November 2017

Wexford owners leave big mark on Waterford

THE EAGLES Dare Syndicate are enjoying a great winning streak with their nice bitch 'Miss Bouquet' ('No Tail Told-Archaton Rosie'). This June '09 lady has hit a rich vein of form, winning her last four starts.

Her latest was on Saturday night last at Waterford when she stormed away with the second semi-final of the Suirview Kennels 730 Stake in a fast time of 40.54. Murt Cashin is the handler and is doing a fine job as she recently won a 600 yards final at Enniscorthy and will be hard to beat in the final.

Indeed, Co. Wexford owners made their mark right through the card as the David Jordan (Ashfield Drive, Wexford)-owned 'Archaton Blaze' ('Archaton Pine-Ardera Spice') took his heat of the A2 Stake when getting the better of another Wexford dog, 'Ballycowen Finn', trained by Anton Butler, who went on down the back, 'Archaton' battled back in the straight to beat him by a length in a good 28.79, making it two wins from two starts.

Trainer Nick Turner was on the mark in the next heat when 'Cruisen On True' ('Royal Impact-Coco Nikita') led and made his good early pace count when going clear to score snugly in a good 28.83, his fourth career win from 14 starts.

Anton Butler also got 'Telex Storm' through when finishing third in his heat, and Thomas Colfer's 'Bannow Bruce' also got through to the next round when he was second in the last first round heat.

The John Duggan Memorial A3 TriDistance reached the semi-final stage, and there will be a four-runner Co. Wexford representation in the final as it was a one, two, three in the second semi-final. 'Jades Gem', owned by Peter Nolan (Davitt Road, Wexford), recorded a hat-trick of wins when breaking fast from her trap three box and leading all the way, but was all out to hold the Dermot Flynn and Tommy English-owned 'Tagalong Mikel' by a short head, with 'Seagrave Sam', owned by Richard Walsh Snr., in third. The time was 30.15 (550 yards).

'Jades' is trained by Barntown handler Eamonn Moore and there will be another Moore in the final as Liam and Colm Moore's 'Fleeting Mist' finished well to get up for second spot in the other semi-final.

The final is over 575 yards it should be an interesting one, with the early pacers trying to hold the staying types. Owners Colm and Liam Moore had a nice win on Friday night when their 'Fleeting Wind' ('Royal ImpactArchaton Queen') got up on the line to score by a short head in 29.32 in race three, making it a very productive weekend for the Barntown family.

Gorey owner Cecil Willoughby had a nice win in race ten on Saturday night when his 'Clover Cruiser' came through off the last bend to score in a good 28.87. It was the sixth win for this son of ' Royal Impact-Clover Petal'), and he is trained by Maria Byrne.

As I mentioned last week, 'Piercestown Con' had a great chance of reaching the final of the Irish Sprint at Dundalk. Unfortunately, 'Con' missed out by a neck for the third qualifying spot in his semi-final, but certainly ran very well in this hot competition where the margins are very tight.

Two good winners were recorded at Newbridge on Saturday night also, firstly in race four when John Atkinson's 'Leahs Impact' ('Royal ImpactLeahs Lady') scored a good win in this A1 race when coming to the fore at the third bend to score nicely in a good 28.80.

Two races later the Brendan Murphy (Ferns)-trained ' Jayos Pride', owned by the Rag and Bone Syndicate, scored his first win from five starts when recording a useful time of 29.19.

There was a nice run by the Joan O'Connor and Ciara Neville-owned 'Whitefort Benny' on Thursday night last at Enniscorthy.

This son of 'Whitefort Bear-Whitefort Dili' was scoring his fourth win and in a good time of 28.97.

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