Sliabh Liag is a big Oaks prospect
Having gone close in both the Juvenile Derby and Comerford Cakes finals, Karol Ramsbottom's flying young bitch Sliabh Liag produced the star show at Shelbourne on Saturday as she won an open semi-final in a brilliant 28.49.
The Gavin Johns owned bitch flew from trap three and left her rivals for dead as she won by seven-and-a-half lengths from Blueberry Diva. Trainer Ramsbottom hopes she comes in season shortly in order to be ready for a crack at the Irish Oaks in May.
Another big run on the night was the 28.55 from Paul Hennessy's Priceless Blake in the other semi-final.
Newinn Lester was a hot favourite for the final of the Gain Kindness Mini Open, but a flying start from Ger Barber's Ravenswood Hugo spoiled the party. He led all and held off Newinn Lester by half a length in 28.55.
Newinn Lester's trainer Graham Holland had better luck when Wolfe, owned by Marian Moloney, landed the odds when flying around for an easy 28.52 success over Stall De Engine.