Thriller as Duke edges Honey in record time
Just seven days on from Ballymac Matt's tremendous BoyleSports Irish Derby triumph, Shelbourne Park again rocked to sensational racing as Laughil Duke just got ther better of Ballymac Honey in their eagerly awaited heat of the Mulvaney Memorial 600.
Just a head separated them at the line as both dogs absolutely smashed Sparta Maestro's well-established 32.10 record.
Both got away fast but Laughil had the call to the bend. His tighter tracking saw him forge a seemingly winning three-and-a-half-lead by early in the back straight, but now Ballydoyle Honey was getting into her territory. She closed the gap steadily and looked set to join the leader off the final bend until drifting wide.
It wasn't over yet as Ballydoyle rallied strongly in the straight and just a head separated them at the line, with Honey's litter brother Slippery Snowy some four lengths third.
The winning time of 31.91 was an improvement of 19 spots on the previous mark.
The other three heats also produced some stirring action.
Ballydoyle's litter sister Samiya saw off Ballyhooly Henry by a gradually closing half-length in 32.19 while Budgie Bypass was six and a half back in third.
Even faster was Gerry Merriman's Highview Apollo as he flashed out of traps in the opening heat and won by a very convincing three-and-a-half lengths from the staying near veteran Vulturi in 32.15 and it was then six lengths to Blenhiem Cracker in third.
The other heat saw Peter Cronin and Terry Corden combine to win it with Tynwald Rodney which showed his appreciation of the step up to 600 yards when coming home a clear cut four lengths in front of Swords One in32.41.
Robert Gleeson, trainer of Samiya, had the first leg of a double when Droopys Latina confirmed the impression made on his previous outing as he came from behind to win by five lengths from Coolykereen Fire in 28.05
Owners of top middle distance performers are reminded that entries for the prestigious Kerry Agri Business Irish St Leger at Limerick close today.