Saturday 21 April 2018

Gold cup hopefuls emerge at Shelbourne

Kilgraney Master drew clear for a five-length victory over Ballymac Galway in a best-of-the-night 28.51. (Stock photo)
Kilgraney Master drew clear for a five-length victory over Ballymac Galway in a best-of-the-night 28.51. (Stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The Tom Buggy-owned and trained Kilgraney Master earned a place in the forthcoming Best Car Parks Gold Cup when producing an impressive performance at Shelbourne on Saturday night.

He had looked the class act on the card and he duly delivered with an authoritative display in winning the solitary AAO contest of the night.

He hit the front on the first bend and drew clear for a five-length victory over Ballymac Galway in a best-of-the-night 28.51. The run surely entitles Master to a crack at the forthcoming Gold Cup.

Bagenalstown trainer Buggy had a double which was set up by Master's half-brother Kilgraney Dynamo when winning in 28.97.

Another trainer in double mood was Tara handler Ian Reilly as he turned out Conors Blake to win in 28.75 and then gained a quick follow-up as Shaneboy Denzel won the seventh contest in 28.66. The Gold Cup also awaits these two trackers.

Down at Limerick the GOBA Awards Night featured some fine racing with the Johnny Waters Memorial being won by Faithful Linda in 29.51 (.40 slow). The winner is owned by the Patsy Richardson and she got up close home to beat Knockbawn Buddy by half a length.

Garrett Barry's Satire made it four on the trot when winning the Micro Stainless 550 by a length and a half from Milesian Wave in 30.87.

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