Tas once again the Kirby star turn
Ballymac Tas was once again the star performer in the semi-finals of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday night, and her litter brother Ballymac Syd also qualified to give Liam Dowling a strong hand in the €80,000 decider.
Herecomesdahoney took a flying start in the second semi but Ballymac Tas displayed courage and impressive pace to get up the leader's inside on the bend and she then pulled clear for a four-length victory over the early leader in a brilliant 28.27. Antigua Rum ran on well to be a further length third.
Earlier Ballymac Syd had once again made things difficult when breaking slowly and he had to run the wide outside all the way before qualifying in second behind Toolmaker Josie.
Trained by Robert Gleeson, Toolmaker Josie was a 7/1 chance in his heat but he displayed top-class tracking when coming from third place down the back to take the lead on the third bend and he then won by two lengths from Ballymac Syd in 28.63. Deadly Storm made it through in third.
Ballymac Tas will be favourite for the final but she has a difficult draw in three.