'Fuerty' emerges as a new star at Shelbourne
Fuerty Sue emerged as the unlikely star performer from Shelbourne Park on Saturday night as she won a heat of an A1/2 Stake in a brilliant 28.44.
But it was also a night which started on a disappointing note for the supporters as English Derby winner Jaytee Jet didn't turn up for his scheduled pre-racing trial spin. Trainer Paul Hennessy decided not to risk the dog in light of the bad weather of recent days but he is reported to be okay to commence his 2017 campaign in the Best Car Parks Gold Cup next weekend.
Fuerty Sue is trained by Gerry Melia for the Cross-Country Boys Syndicate and was making it two wins from three outings as she totally outclassed the opposition in the fifth race on the programme.
She flew from traps and was always in command as she raced to a six-and-a-half-length victory over Allen Lynx in 28.44. The other semi-final of this stake was won by Allen Sherman in 28.82.
It was a mixed night for trainer Hennessy who saw his young dog Away Jet enhance his great racing record as he won an A1 525 in 28.56. But the night ended on a very sad note for the Kilkenny trainer as Kilara Rex had to be carried from the track after sustaining a serious injury when leading into the third bend in the concluding AAO.
The race was then won by Pauline Quinn's Drumsna Legend which finished like a train to grab a short-head verdict over Coolavanny Mason in 28.74.
In the absence of Jaytee Jet, the fastest trial was returned by the Graham Holland-trained Proud Graham as he followed up his recent impressive sprint victory by covering the 525 yards in 28.34. Another fast trial saw the Stephen Townsley-owned Droopys Punk stop the clock in 28.38 when beating Droopys Smasher by six lengths.
Select Stakes winner Riverside Oscar clocked 18.78 for the sprint distance when leading home Vancouver Colin by half a length.