Punters punished in Kirby heats
It wasn't a night for the punters in the quarter-finals of the Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday when all four favourites bit the dust and the long-odds fancy Riverside Leo failed to reach the semi-finals.
Top run of the night was the all-the-way success of Graham Holland's Herecomesdahoney in the last heat as he flew out of the traps and won by three lengths from Spoofer in 28.30 with the favourite Ballymac Tas qualifying in third.
Tom O'Neill was thrilled with the running of Antigua Rum as he came through the field to win the third heat in 28.39 from Tullig Footpad and Ballymac Syd.
Surprise of the night was the 10/1 victory of the Michael O'Donovan-trained Deadly Diamond in the second heat where he held off the favourite Toolmaker Me Dad by a length in 28.70. Grangeview West was third.
Robert Gleeson had better luck when Toolmaker Josie hit the front early in the back straight in the second heat and won by six lengths from Rattling Conor in 28.54.
Riverside Leo didn't show his normal big early pace and he was baulked on the second bend.