STAMINA is Droopys Saffy's strong point and the Navan-based fawn bitch brought that out in taking the £1,000 David Cross Memorial 575 at Drumbo on Saturday night.
Rounding the first two turns, the 6/4 joint-favourite was any price as Monleek Force cut out the early pace, chased by Westward Bound. But once the latter, the other 6/4 chance, burst clear down the far side, it looked like another success for Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown.
However, Saffy produced a great burst of pace approaching the third bend and entering the final stretch came home strongly up the inside, going away for a comfortable three and a half lengths victory from Bound and the running-on Barnish Peter in 31.57 seconds.
There was ample compensation for the McKeown kennel as they had two good winners in Blenhiem Tricks and Boley Lass.
Tricks clocked a fine 28.71 in taking the second semi-final of an A2 event (525), leading all the way in landing odds of 4/6. It was the same price for Boley who just got up to deny Clondoty Leona and the fast-trapping Whitefort Dell by half a length and a short-head.
The other A2 semi-final went to the Darren Ferris-trained and Carrick-based Lemon Donal (28.83) a consummate winner from Ballygranne. The kennel is double-handed in Saturday's final with Donal's litter sister Lemon Kelly, third behind Blenhiem also in the line-up.