Saturday 18 January 2020

'Stac' and 'Petsy' reach Oaks final

An Stac maintained her unbeaten record in the competition. (stock photo)
An Stac maintained her unbeaten record in the competition. (stock photo)

Ian Fortune

An Stac and Ballymac Petsy will go into next weekend's final of the Christmas Oaks after the pair impressed in the semi-finals at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.

In victory, An Stac maintained her unbeaten record in the competition although the headlines went to Ballymac Petsy as she posted the slightly faster time. Both bitches made every inch in their respective assignments and only .02sec separated them on the clock.

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Sonia Butler's Ballymac Petsy faced what seemed a tricky draw in five but, after a fast start, she was soon in command.

Te Amo turned second and looked a serious threat but there was no stopping Ballymac Petsy and the young daughter of Ballymac Best raced on to a length verdict over the fast finishing Jaytee Sienna in 28.45.

The opening heat saw the Francie Murray-trained An Stac digging deep to contain the late charge of Battle Cry. In a driving finish, An Stac clung on to win by the minimum margin in 28.47.

Favourite backers were left to lick their wounds at Cork where odds-on chances Ballyhimikin Jet and Black Parachute both suffered defeat in the semi-finals of the John Slyne Memorial 575.

Razldazl Peaky lowered the colours of Ballyhimikin Jet, leading early to win by two-and-a-half lengths in 31.00, while Witches Ethiopia won the second heat in similar style.

Black Parachute did run on strongly after a slow start but was still well adrift of the winner at the finish. Witches Ethiopia posted 31.07.

On Friday night, Are Nagini made virtually every inch to win the €5,500 Shelbourne Marathon. The daughter of Over Limit saw off Jetstream Moment by two-and-a-half lengths in 58.74.

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