Buckley duo set a strong gold cup pace
Cappawhite trainer Pat Buckley grabbed the headlines in the first round of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday with the two fastest winners.
The pace was set by Borna Gin, which had been fourth in last year's Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby and on this evidence is going to be a major player this season.
He chased Dorotas Del Mar before hitting the front approaching the third bend. Borna Gin then raced clear for a five-length margin over Dorotas Del Mar in a very smart 28.45.
The second Buckley winner was the Niamh McKenna and Ally O'Connor owned Pennylane Lucky, which led Rathnasare Champ on the bend but shook off his challenge at the third bend and won by five-and-a-half lengths in 28.62.
Race of the night was the duel between Kilgraney Master and Jaytee Yankee. Tom Buggy's Kilgraney led from the first bend but he was closely pursued by Jaytee. The latter's final surge saw him get up to force a dead heat with Kilgraney in 28.73.
The other heat winners were Declan Byrne's Moorstown Bobby in 28.64, Murt Leahy's Ballybough Murt in 28.73 and Graham Holland's Fantasy Joey in 28.64.