Monday 23 October 2017

King's tough draw after demolition job

Class was written all over Kereight King's fantastic performance as he flew to a 27.82 victory over Camas in the second round of the SIS Live Gold Cup final at Shelbourne Park.

It was the second fastest time ever for the 525 yards at Shelbourne but that doesn't tell half the story of Kereight King's extraordinary demolition job on a top-class field.

Aidan Denton's dog absolutely flew from traps and was five lengths clear of the brilliant Derby finalist Camas off the second bend.

From there, it was total domination and the committed inside runner crossed the line with five and a half lengths to spare over Camas.

King's reward is a tough draw in the second semi-final, where he will have to run from the three box with two fast starters on his inner and the other three second-round winners on his outer.

Fastest in the other heats was Paul Hennessy's Hot Pursuit – he got up in the very last stride to pip Isabels Boy in 28.28.

In the final heat Frances O'Donnell's Ardfert Thunder got up late for a neck verdict over Priceless Sky in 28.33.

The other heat was also an exciting affair, with Money Talks leading for most of the journey until collared by the Robert Gleeson-trained Stay Thirsty and beaten a neck in 28.62.

Skerries trainer Marie Gilbert had three finalists in the Swords Prince A1 525 and ended up with a 1-3 as Allen Master hit the front on the final bend for a two-length margin over Milan Castle in 28.66, with Airport Captain in third.

There was a terrific run in an Open 550 from the Aidan McVeigh-trained Homeless Boy as he led all the way for a five-length margin over North Bound in a very fast 29.36.

Number of the day 1

17Winners in the Pick 6 Intertrack Jackpot. The pool reached €42,234 and the 17 winners received €1,863.20 each.

Number of the day 2

84The likely final number of entries for the Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick, with the draw to be made tomorrow.

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