Veteran SarahJo the Barry champion
Liam Dowling's terrific first half of the season continued at Curraheen Park on Saturday when his Ballymac Sarahjo justified favouritism when winning the Barry's Tea Open 750.
Just a month short of her fourth birthday, Sarahjo is running as well as ever and she was always in control in the decider. She was challenged all the way by Glenloch Boy but was too strong at the finish and ran out a three-length winner from Glenloch in 41.59. String Of Pearls did her best running late to finish a length and a half third.
The likelihood is that Ballymac Sarahjo will now contest the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Shelbourne provided she doesn't come into season before then.
There was an upset in the final of the Kasko Novice Stake final at Thurles, where the favourite Magical Logan totally fluffed the start. Ned Lennon's Luminous Horizon flew from traps and was always clear as he won by four and a half lengths in 29.09. Magical Logan made up a lot of ground to finish second ahead of Mane Mane.
Entries for the Irish Independent Laurels will close today and the first-round draw will be made tomorrow morning.