Early Pace gains Robbie a select victory
How often has it been proved that early pace is half the battle? Well, the final of the Gain Dog Nutrition Select Stakes proved the accuracy of the theory once again at Waterford when Lughill Robbie left his rivals for dead in the early stages and never looked in any subsequent danger.
Runner-up in the BIF Produce Stakes at Clonmel in May, Lughill Robbie was fast into stride from trap six and never saw another rival. He was chased from the bend by Kingsmill Manuka and won by three lengths from Kingsmill in 28.56 with Swithins Brae two and a half lengths third.
The winner is trained by Graham Holland for Larry O'Rourke and he is likely to figure in the entries for next Saturday's Night of Stars.
That meeting's entries close this evening at Shelbourne and entries were flowing in over the past few days. The card will be finalised tomorrow.
Top performance at Shelbourne was the 28.50 run from the Owen McKenna-trained Holycross Lad in winning the AAO tenth race. He blitzed the opposition to the bend and won by two and a half lengths from Bakery Lane in 28.50. The Night of Stars 525 looks his target.
The Brendan Matthews-owned and trained Innocent Times qualified for the ECC Puppy Derby final at Towcester when finishing third in the second semi-final on Saturday.