Madison's class secures spoils for Buckley
PARADISE Madison was again the king of Shelbourne on Saturday night after another brilliant performance saw him add the Shelbourne 575 to the Champion Stakes which he won at the same venue last summer.
This latest success was totally deserved as he went through the competition undefeated and actually untroubled. Probably his main threat was an inflamed metacarpal, which had seen him receive treatment every day last week.
However, he stripped fit and well on Saturday and again displayed his terrific power and class as he raced home a three-and-a-half length winner from the admirable Vulturi in 31.42.
The time may appear slow, but the track had taken a battering from torrential rain and was officially 60 spots slower than it was the previous weekend.
Shopping Basket was an absentee due to coughing and Vimmerby made his usual flying start to lead up with outsider Whaoo Wheoo and Paradise Madison. They were virtually inseparable into the bend, but Paradise now made his winning move up the inside and he nosed ahead passing the sprint box.
Vulturi followed him through at a distance of two lengths and that's how it remained down the back straight.
Indeed, Liam Dowling's Vulturi ran a huge race in defeat and held Paradise to two lengths as far as the third bend.
From this point, though, Paradise really opened up and he stretched clear up the straight to enjoy a three and a half length margin over Vulturi with Sidarian Lisa staying on strongly late to finish third.
Dave Buckley, who owns the dog in partnership with Sean Meade, expressed his delight yesterday: "I was thrilled for him after having such an unlucky year in 2013. We kept it quiet about his metacarpal problem. But he was treated every day and there was never any doubt about his participation. He ran very well and he is absolutely bouncing this morning.
"We will now give him a week off, but will then start galloping him again. I doubt if he will go to Wimbledon and obviously the Ladbrokes 600 is one event that could be on his itinerary".
The three first round heats of the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stake served to illustrate that there are some fine young prospects in the competition. Paudie Ryan's Jackal Frampton the fastest winner. The son of College Causeway hit the front on the first bend in Heat 2 and went away to win by six lengths from Razldazl Pacino in 28.78.
Graham Holland's Sidarian Blaze gave another solid performance as he also took the opening bend and went clear to win by three lengths from the slightly unlucky Deanridge Pennys in 29.15.
In the other heat Tim O'Donovan's Focus On Carlow produced a career-best effort as he flew from traps and won by three-and-a-half lengths from Tyrur Arthur in 28.99.