Bridie joins ranks of immortals
Locnamon Bridie claimed a place among tracking legends when winning the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick Stadium on Saturday.
The Paul Hennessy-trained bitch, winner of the Irish Oaks in the summer, thus emulated the mighty Romping To Work as the only bitches to complete the Irish Oaks and St Leger double.
But what was even more impressive was the style of her victory. She showed ahead from traps and led into the bend by a length from General Wolf. The latter was denied an inside route and checked wide, causing a fair bit of mayhem and ruling both Rockview Turbo and Skywalker Farloe out of the reckoning.
Locnamon was now in a clear lead down the far wide with Tyrur Sugar Ray and the favourite Jaytee Hellcat giving pursuit. The pursuers faced a mighty task with a strong stayer up front, but Tyrur Sugar Ray did well to get within three and a half lengths of her at the line as she won in an excellent time of 29.34. Jaytee Hellcat completed a 1-3 for Hennessy when finishing third.
Owned by Bill Chawke and his dad Charlie, Locnamon Bridie has won well over €62,000 since this time last year and there could be a further €10,000 on the way if she contests and wins either the Bitch 525 or the 550 at next Saturday's Night of Stars.
A decision on her participation is due today, while Tyrur Sugar Ray is likely to go for either the 575 or the 600.
It would be remiss not to pay tribute to the groundstaff at Limerick who did trojan work in having the racing circuit in such majestic condition in view of the fact that racing was in doubt due to frost until hours beforehand.
meanwhile, the fastest winner in the second round of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne was Anna Gleeson's Redwood Mick as he showed his appreciation of a change of seeding by winning the opening heat in runaway fashion in 28.30, coming home nine and a half lengths clear of Blenhiem Tricks.
Next best was Gerry Holian's Emers Superstar as he led on the first bend and then raced clear to win by five and a half lengths from Borneo in 28.40.
Graham Holland's Sidarian Blaze produced another brilliant performance as he opened a big lead at halfway before winning by four lengths from Paradise Malibu in 28.43, while Rosemary Price's Deanridge Pennys won a rather unsatisfactory second heat when beating Boylesports Hero by six lengths in 28.62.
Star British stayer Musical Gaga was officially entered for the Track Bookmakers Night of Stars 850 on Saturday night and this is now building up into one of the real highlights of what will be a terrific programme.