Bull Run, Clare and Matt in sizzling form
Even by Shelbourne standards, the quality of the racing on Saturday was extraordinary, with a series of top flight performances in the three competitions on the card.
The five major races were all won in devastating fashion.
Fastest on the clock were Ballinakil Clare and Bull Run Bolt, while the previous Derby champion Ballymac Matt rowed in with another reminder of his greatness.
On the value stakes the top contests were the semi-finals of the Comerford Cakes Open 525, and here the stand-out performance was served up by the Pat Norris-trained Bull Run Bolt, which rubbished the idea that he does not run Headquarters well.
Bull Run Bolt tracked the favourite Good News to the bottom bends and then stormed past to register a length-and-a-half victory in 28.10. It was a powerful effort which has established him as the one to beat in the chase for the €15,000 prize next weekend.
The other semi saw the Graham Holland-trained Drive On Tipp dash into a clear lead and he came home three lengths in front of Droopys Wilbury in 28.17, with Jaytee Samurai also qualifying for the final.
Run of the night was the 28.03 from Ballinakil Clare as she led home kennel companion Sidarian Pearl by five and a half lengths in 28.03 in the Gain Christmas Oaks first semi-final, while John Linehan's Droopys Harbour won impressively from Airmount Tess in 28.19 in the other semi.
Ballymac Matt looked as good as ever as he flew from traps in the final of the Ted Hegarty 575 and he came home four lengths clear of Tyrur Van Gaal in 30.91.
John Linehan, who trained Droopys Harbour to win at Shelbourne, also won the final of the Rockybay A1 525 at Curraheen with Drive On Razer which led all the way for a four-length victory over Alexamder in 28.69.
The heats of the Macroom 575 at the same venue were won by Boherash Ozzie in 31.38 and Black Uzi in 31.24.