Friday 24 May 2019

'Jet' and 'Prince' rule roost

Stock picture: Sportsfile
Stock picture: Sportsfile

Michael Fortune

Two classic finals were staged over the weekend, with Ardnasool Jet retaining his Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk while Clonbrien Prince gained an overdue first major success when easily landing the Gain 600 at Shelbourne.

The Cathal McGhee-trained Ardnasool Jet made every yard of the running at Dundalk and held the persistent challenge of Cabra Hurricane by three parts of a length in 20.97.

The plan now is to go for the Bresmed Northern Derby at Sheffield.

Clonbrien Prince went to traps a 9/2 chance for the Gain 600 decider, but the race was as good as over following the first bend where his main rivals were in the wars.

As Clonbrien led up, Lenson Blinder and Skywalker Rafa bumped on the bend and suddenly Kay Murphy's dog was eight lengths clear.

From there, Clonbrien was in command and he ran out a three-length winner from kennel companion Lenson Blinder in 32.24.

Ballymac Tas was once again the star performer in the Kirby Memorial at Limerick as she won by three and a half lengths from Worseforwear in 28.23.

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