'Rumour' and 'Enya' take classics
Another massive crowd turned out for the final day of the national meeting at Powerstown Park in Clonmel yesterday and it ended with the classic honours going to the kennels of Kevin Barry in Rosegreen and Liam Dowling in Ballymacelligott.
There were a number of shocks through the day but the eventual Derby and Oaks winners, Rumour Has It and Ballymac Enya, were among the favourites from the start.
Rumour Has It, owned by Bernie and Basil Holian, met the Brendan Matthews-trained Huntingtown in the final of the BoyleSports Derby but the latter was struggling all the way and Rumour Has It had it easy.
Liam Dowling's Ballymac Enya had been impressive right through the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks and in the final her rival was the Brian Divilly owned, trained and bred Crafty Perfecto. Ballymac Enya was again strong in the final where she led all the way to take the turn by a length and a half .
The Dan Brassil-trained Ahamore Wonder was an easy winner of the Champion Dog Stake. Gerry Holian's classic double didn't materialise but the Athenry handler landed three of the top prizes with the Tara Guiney-owned Blades of Honour winning the Champion Bitch, while the Swedish-owned Wi Can There and the Portlaoise bitch Laurina won the Consolations.