Wednesday 21 August 2019

Bookies the big winners on Night of Stars

Huge crowds braved the elements at Shelbourne (stock photo)
Huge crowds braved the elements at Shelbourne (stock photo)

Michael Fortune

Not even the foul weather could ruin the occasion at Shelbourne, where a huge crowd braved the elements to enjoy a terrific Night of Stars gala meeting. The bookmakers had the largest grins, though, as they enjoyed result after result and the crème de la crème was the defeat of the Derby and Oaks champions in the last two races.

Ballymac Matt was a 4-5 favourite to win the BoyleSports 550 but he was outpointed on the night by the veteran Paradise Silva. The latter made probably his fastest start and the 14-1 outsider led up comfortably from Ballymac Matt and Skywalker Hero. Once in front, Paradise Silva is impossible to beat and the Pat Buckley-trained star raced on to win by two lengths from Ballymac Matt in 30.22. Ballymac Matt will now have a long break while Buckley announced that Paradise Silva has run his last race and is retired.

Ballydoyle Honey was 1-2 to win the concluding Ballymac Stud 600 but she wasn't the best away and was third into the back behind Ballyhooly Henry and Cable Bay. She finished third behind Tom O'Neill's impressive winner Ballyhooly Henry in 33.23 which had Cable Bay two and a half lengths behind in second.

The first favourite to oblige was Ronnie McKeown's Catherines Drico which led all the way to win the Banner 350 by three and a half lengths from Jumeirah Hope in 18.81. Another market leader, Vulturi, landed the Track Bookmakers 750 in all-the-way fashion for Liam Dowling and Javier Jarne, beating Priceless Lassie by two and a half lengths.

Larry Dunne's Slippery Fred came through to lead between the final bends in the BIF 525 on his way to a three-and-a-half length victory over Lenson Sanchez in 29.09. Pat Dalton's Tradition won the Ted Hegarty 850 by 10 lengths from Ribble Atom in 48.12 while Shane O'Gorman's Yahoo Perlena was a length-and-a-half winner from Skywalker Rossa in 28.85 in the Support Wimbledon Bitch 525.

Brendan Matthews' Leave At Dawn beat Laughil Duke by a length and a half in 31.51 in the Droopys Nidge 575.

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