Monday 20 November 2017

Ballymac Vic returns to action in style

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Ballymac Vic returned to action as if he had never been away on his first outing of the year at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.

Liam Dowling's outstanding tracker was a hot favourite to win an Open 525 contest, and he didn't disappoint as he flew around in 28.01.

He took up the running when heading Cabra Buck on the first bend and from there it was class and power all the way as he won by six- and-a-half lengths over Cabra Buck to show that he is fully tuned for his crack at the Easter Cup, which starts at Headquarters next Saturday.

National record holder Paradise Madison had his first 525 spin since December and he gave a rail-hugging exhibition when clocking 28.12 in a pre-racing trial.

At the same session, Tyrur Sugar Ray went around in 28.42, Laughil George in 28.47 and Holborn Junior in 28.62.

The battle for the €80,000 Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake is really hotting up.

Fastest in the quarter-finals was Paddy Hennessy's Leamaneigh Turbo, which has already bagged the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne. He was a 25/1 chance then, but he'll never be quoted at those odds again.

He absolutely scorched to the corner to open up a four-length lead on hot favourite Roxholme Bully, which had been fastest in the opening two rounds.

Roxholme lost nothing in defeat as he raced on strongly to cut the deficit by the line to a length-and-a- half in a brilliant fastest-of-the-stake 28.16.

Dan and Clodagh Butler's Kisses For Cloda again produced a huge run when winning heat four in 28.34, while the other heats were claimed by Pat Buckley's Scolari Express in 28.46 and Fraser Black's Ashford Castle in 28.35.

There was a surprise in the final of the Bookmakers Bitch Stake in Thurles, where hot favourite Borna Gem ran into severe traffic after being tardy at the start. Grace Lennon's Lacken Rua made no such mistake as she led all the way for a length-and-a-half victory over Carrowgarriff in 29.05.

Number of the day

18,750 The Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot dividend, which was won by one lucky punter at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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