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Friday 23 February 2018

Frisky on the mark in Comerford decider

Trainer Gerry Melia and Scottish owner John Shannon teamed up again to claim the Comerford Cakes Open 525 final at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night. (Stock photo)
Trainer Gerry Melia and Scottish owner John Shannon teamed up again to claim the Comerford Cakes Open 525 final at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night. (Stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Having previously combined to win the 2014 Gain 600 with Greenwell Hulk, trainer Gerry Melia and Scottish owner John Shannon teamed up again to claim the Comerford Cakes Open 525 final at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.

Their dog Frisky Luck was actually displaced as favourite by Coolavanny Sam but in the race Frisky Luck was supreme. He just held off Ballymac Twitter to the opening bend and then resisted the challenge of Coolavanny Sam into the third corner.

From that point he raced clear to win by four and a half lengths from Ballymac Twitter in 28.46 with Coolavanny Sam another two and a half lengths third.

Unfortunately the members of the Shannon family couldn't make the journey from Scotland due to the death of a close friend. Plans for Frisky Luck's future have yet to be finalised.

There were a few brilliant runs in the second-round heats of the Gain Christmas Oaks with Barney Mooney's Mrs Chippy posting the fastest time of 28.57.

But the most talked-about performance was that of the young John Linehan-trained star Droopys Ant as she overcame a poor start and a first-bend hammering to win the second heat in 29.18.

Pat Kiely's Droopys Lagoon came from behind to win a tight opening heat in 28.95 while the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Ruby landed the other in 28.87.

Irish Independent

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