Friday 23 February 2018

Awesome Hellcat lights up Leger

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Jaytee Hellcat is the new sensation on the track after his stunning performance in the quarter-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger on Saturday night at Limerick.

Trained by Paul Hennessy for John Turner, the lightly raced near three-year-old joined Hennessy for the Irish Derby, but was ruled out of that event and was held for the St Leger.

Having produced two very promising runs in the early rounds, he exploded into the big time on Saturday when he posted a track record of 29.31 for the 550 yards.

Hellcat produced awesome pace down the back where he raced past Farloe Trent and then moved clear to win by all of six lengths in a time which was an improvement of four spots on the previous mark held by Irish Derby champion Skywalker Puma.

The Leger really came to life with superb runs in all heats. Next best on the clock was Owen McKenna's Roxholme Bully and he soon hit the front and won by five lengths from Skywalker Farloe in 30.41.

Paul Hennessy had a second winner when Locnamon Bridie left her rivals standing as she won by five lengths from Stone Boy King in 29.48.

The other heat produced the finish of the night as Peter Cronin's Rockview Turbo held the late run of Tyrur Sugar Ray by a short head in 29.58.

Work tops

John McGee's Work Me Lord sprang a slight surprise when winning the final of the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup at Drumbo Park.

Atitboy just led up from China Special, but they were involved in a first bend melee and Work Me Lord hit the front and went on to win by four lengths from the unfortunate Atitboy in 28.73.

Select action

Willie Rigney regularly presents the Gain Feeds trophies following their events, but he could well be on the receiving end of the presentation next Saturday when his All About Ya will be a fancied contender in the final of the Gain Feeds Select Stakes at Waterford.

The Peter Cronin-trained All About Ya took it up from Lassa Expedition at the first bend in the opening semi-final and went on to win by two lengths from Holycross Gerry in 28.46.

The other heat saw Owen McKenna's Farloe Calvin win the dash to the bend and go on to win by two and a half lengths from Burgess Rumble in 28.56.


That was Graham Holland's achievement at Shelbourne on Saturday as he won with Garryvoe Jet, Sidarian Lisa, Holborn Catchme, Turning Tables and Mustang Messi.

Irish Independent

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