Thursday 19 July 2018

Foley evens favourite for Laurels glory

'Earlier Rockybay Rover got through in third place in the first semi, where the Johnny O'Sullivan-trained Native Chimes was an impressive winner in 28.14.' Stock photo
'Earlier Rockybay Rover got through in third place in the first semi, where the Johnny O'Sullivan-trained Native Chimes was an impressive winner in 28.14.' Stock photo

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Kieran Lynch achieved his dream when his two runners qualified for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels final in Saturday's semi-finals at Curraheen Park, and his Rockybay Foley has been installed as BoyleSports' even-money favourite to claim the €30,000 classic.

Rockybay Foley gave a sparkling performance when flying from the traps in the second heat and he posted a brilliant 28.00 clock when beating Clearly Written by three lengths, with Away Jet getting through for his second Laurels final.

Earlier Rockybay Rover got through in third place in the first semi, where the Johnny O'Sullivan-trained Native Chimes was an impressive winner in 28.14.

Despite being regarded as badly drawn in trap five Native Chimes went up smartly and just took the bend from Nice Mystery. Once Native Chimes got into the back straight he asserted and powered clear for a four-and-a-half-length margin over Nice Mystery, with Rockybay Rover third.

The opening betting list has Rockybay Foley as the evens favourite and they then go 5/2 Native Chimes, 5 Rockybay Rover, 7 Clearly Written, Nice Mystery and 16 Away Jet.

Graham Holland had a 1-2 in the final of the Champion Puppy 550 at Shelbourne when Lenson Blinder got up late to beat his kennel companion Clona Blaze by half a length in 29.75, while Burgess Paddy was a length and a half third. The winner is owned by Len and Pat Ponder.

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