Good News story makes sweet headlines
It seems that a new star jumps to the fore at Shelbourne Park every Saturday and this time it was Good News that turned on the style as he won the opening heat of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 in a sizzling 28.13.
The Sandra Guilfoyle-handled Good News was led off unsold after a €43,000 bid at the Unraced Sales and he showed why he is so highly rated.
He got his best start yet and led up from market rival Droopys Wilbury and Drive On Tipp.
The race was effectively decided as Droopys appeared to miss a stride off the second bend and the gap was up to four lengths.
Good News raced on to win by four lengths from Droopys Wilbury with Drive On Tipp a two length third.
Pat Norris' Bull Run Bolt produced a powerful run in the second heat as he took over from Graceful Trend off the second bend and ran on in his usual strong manner to win by three and a half lengths from the progressive Tyrur Hugo in 28.27, with Graceful Trend finishing third.
Owen McKenna's Hot Trend overcame an early fright to impressively win Heat 3 in 28.52.
Hot Trend was moderately away but was then crowded and was only fourth to the bend as Michelito led into the back. However, he got a lovely run on the corner and moved to the front down the back, going on to win by two and a half lengths from Michelito ,with Droopys Almond in third.
There was another brilliant run in the final heat from Peter Cronin's Swithins Brae as he shot the opening bend and then drew right away for a most impressive seven and a half length victory over Jaytee Samurai in 28.24 with Viber in third.
Liam Dowling's Coolavanny Pet was the star of the Gain Christmas Oaks when winning in 28.22 .
The other heat winners were Kilgraney June 28.53, Witches Belle 28.48 and Droopys Harbour 28.38.
Dowling's Ballymac Matt produced a real five-star effort when winning the first heat of the Hegarty 575 in 30.87 .
Kilara Rex won the other heat in 31.02.