The punters got the better of the argument in the quarter-finals of the Kirby Memorial Juvenile Stake at Limerick, with the favourites winning the first three heats and a strongly fancied second favourite on the mark in the other qualifier.
Star performer was Vancouver Shea as he maintained his unbeaten record in the competition with a trap to line success in the first heat. He led all the way to win by five lengths from Native Chimes in a fastest of the session 28.40. Ivy Hill Blitz also qualified for the semi-finals.
The Pat Buckley-trained Bentekes Bocko led all the way and held off Jaytee Barracuda by half a length in 28.65, with Borsalino third.
Liam Dowling's Coolavanny Pet produced a wonderful effort as she railed tightly to overtake the fast-starting Rathnasare Champ in the last stride for a short-head victory in 28.68.
The last of the heats was another thriller, as the Peter Cronin trained Cometwopass was all out to hold off Higher Level by half a length in 28.75.