'Cabra' shock as 'Magic' and 'Music' sparkle
The shock of the night at Shelbourne on Saturday was the elimination of the favourite Cabra Hurricane from the Best Car Parks semi-final but the heat winners Droopys Alice and Music Toour Ears maintained their unbeaten records in the competition.
In the first heat Cabra Hurricane missed the start and was badly baulked on the opening bend. There was no way back for him.
Meanwhile, John Linehan's flying bitch Droopys Alice again broke fast and led all the way for a three-length verdict over Bakery Lane in 28.73, with Holycross Lad third.
In the other semi-final Music Toour Ears broke fast and led up but Garryvoe Noah flew up and did a terrific first bend which saw him leading into the back.
Garryvoe appeared set for victory when leading by three lengths at halfway but he faded on the run-in and Pat Guilfoyle's Music Toour Ears got back up to snatch a short-head victory in 28.47, with Jaytee Tornado qualifying in third.
It was quite a night for Guilfoyle and it ended with last year's Derby runner-up Magical Bale making a most impressive 2019 debut when leading all the way for a four-length margin over Drive On Tipp in 29.64.
He now goes for the Ladbrokes Easter Cup in advance of an English Derby bid.
The National Meeting commenced at Powerstown and the favourites to land the classic after the first run are Boylesportsmagic and Newinn Fifi.
Trained by Liam Dowling for John and Liam Boyle, Boylesports Magic flew upfield for a five-length victory over Skellig Skinner.
Owen McKenna's Newinn Fifi had five lengths in hand of Elegant Wonder.