Ballydoyle Honey delivers another big show
Ballydoyle Honey produced another brilliant performance when winning her quarter-final of the Gain Christmas Oaks at Shelbourne on Saturday but, in contrast, the hotly-fancied Jaytee Dutch failed to qualify for next weekend's semi-finals of the Comerford Cakes Open 525.
It was a typical performance from Ballydoyle Honey, one of four winners on the night for trainer Graham Holland, as she came from fourth place on the back straight and produced a devastating finishing burst to win by a length and the same from her kennel companions Rural Maui and Skywalker Pearl in 28.62.
Fastest time in the stake was the 28.42 returned by Shane O'Gorman's Yahoo Perlena in winning the third heat by a neck from fast-finishing Moanteen Beauty, while the other heat winners were Brendan Matthews' Follys View in 28.59 and Reggie Roberts' Urban Gossip in 28.84.
Jaytee Dutch was odds-on for the final heat of the Comerford Cakes and looked sure to qualify when third down the far side behind Proud Graham and Razldazl Rince but he then checked wide between the final bends and ran into traffic on the run-in. He finished only fifth as the Holland-trained Proud Graham ran out an easy three-and-a-half-length winner from Razldazl Rince in a fastest of the night 28.38.
Next best was Liam Dowling's Anopheles as he returned to best form to win Heat 3 in 28.52 where he led all the way for a six-length margin over Creamery Bale and Farloe Joey. The other winners in this stake were Black Alder in 28.56 and another Holland runner Jo Jo Fantasy in 28.76.
Liam Dowling's Ballymac Bonnie emphasised her status as the leading stayer in training by returning the fastest time in the heats of the Track Bookmakers Marathon at Harold's Cross on Friday when winning easily from Old Gold Bars in a fast 58.01.
But her reward is a very difficult semi-final draw on Friday where four of her rivals are either Kerry neighbours or former kennel companions. She should, however, make it through without much bother.