Imperious Honey the toast of Shelbourne
Once again Ballydoyle Honey was the star turn at Shelbourne on Saturday, producing a terrific performance in winning her semi-final of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 in a fast time of 32.10.
Ballydoyle Honey overtook her litter sister Samiya on the final bend in the first semi-final to win by three and a half lengths. Tynwald Rodney grabbed the third qualifying place behind Samiya when holding Vulturi by a neck.
In contrast, Laughil Duke had a nightmare experience in the second semi where a late surge saw him grab third place to qualify for the final.
All looked rosy for Pat Guilfoyle's charge as he chased outsider Blenhiem Cracker to the bend. But Laughil became the meat in the sandwich between Blenhiem and Slippery Snowy down the far side and dropped back to fourth.
The Paul and Shane Duffy-owned Blenhiem Cracker kept on strongly to register a 25/1 shock in 32.58, two lengths from Highview Apollo.
Laughil Duke got up to pip Slippery Snowy by half a length. The Trio in this race paid €942 for a €1 stake!
Ballydoyle Honey is assured of trap six, which will be ideal for the Graham Holland-trained bitch. The inside loving Laughil Duke and Highview Apollo will be running from traps five and four.
Meanwhile, the Owen McKenna-trained Offshore Bound posted a brilliant time of 29.38 in the first round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick. He won by two and a half lengths from Tyrur Tommy. Next best was Save The Don which overcame a slow start to win Heat 9 by five lengths from Skywalker Rory in 29.50.