'Davy' seals Buckley's Kirby Hat-Trick
Droopys Davy justified his position as odds-on favourite when scoring a hugely emphatic victory in Saturday's final of the €80,000 Kirby Memorial Stake at Limerick.
A huge crowd thronged Limerick Stadium and they were served up a massive performance as Droopys Davy completed a remarkable hat-trick of Kirby successes for trainer Pat Buckley, successful in the last two years with Droopys Roddick and Bentekes Bocko.
Droopys Roddick went straight from the Limerick event to contest the English Derby and he only narrowly failed to land that final when just beaten by fellow Irish runner Jaytee Jet.
Droopys Davy will attempt to go one better than Roddick as he will travel out with the rest of the Buckley team this week to contest the English Derby which is likely to commence on Thursday week. On current form, he is going to be a massive player in the Towcester event.
In Saturday's final Droopys Davy, which is jointly owned by Mark Gilbert and Michael Dunphy, wasn't the best away from six but Blue East headed inwards from trap-rise and Davy then pounced on the bend. He shot ahead and the race as a contest was quickly over.
He won by six lengths from Da Head Hunter in a sizzling 28.10 and it was two lengths to Slippy Cian in third. Also at Limerick the Quick Park Oaks final was won by the Pat Guilfoyle-trained Cabra Angel as she beat Ballinakil Clare by four-and-a-half lengths in 28.49.
The final of the Healthcare & Transport Services Oaks at Shelbourne was won by the John Linehan-trained Boom Time as she came late to win by a length and a half from Coolavanny Ella in 28.63. Rural Aloha was another length back in third.