'Mason' out of luck in Scottish final
The Irish challengers enjoyed no luck in the final of the Scottish Derby at Shawfield on Saturday with Coolavanny Mason doing best as he finished second behind impressive Dorotas Woo Hoo, WRITES MICHAEL FORTUNE.
The Irish dogs weren't the best away as the two outsiders Knockard Spring and Azzurri Genesis led up but Coolavanny improved up the inside and bumped with Azzurri on the bend. He was then forced to check wide but led early in the back straight.
But the Charlie Lister-trained Dorotas Woo Hoo was now in full stride on the outside and he shot the third bend and went on to win by nearly four lengths from Coolavanny in 28.77. Good News had no run and came in fifth.
Buckley had a winner on the undercard as Jumeirah Larry was an easy winner of an Open 480 while at Towcester there were ten Irish runners in action in Derby Trial Stakes.
We had a 1-2-3 in the third trial stake with Liam Dowling's Ballymac Belle running out an impressive winner from Peter Cronin's Frankies Lady with Brian Divilly's Crafty Trivage third.
That was the solitary Irish winner but virtually all our runners missed the start and will benefit from the run around the track.
The semi-finals of the Riverside Oscar Open 525 were run at Curraheen Park and fastest qualifier for next Saturday's final was Philip Lynch's Toker Forest as he led all the way to win by a neck and the same from Coolavanny Pet and Killinan Rosie. The other semi saw Noel Walker's Fast Fit Alex beat Fleetwood Lee and Rockybay Rover in 28.34.