Locnamon Bridie caps night of drama
SATURDAY night was one to remember as Irish dogs triumphed in the semi-finals of the English Derby and Locnamon Bridie produced a remarkable performance in the final of the Irish Oaks.
Locnamon Bridie, 5/1 fourth favourite for the €25,000 Oaks decider, won in the style of a hot favourite to spark celebrations both at Shelbourne and in Charlie Chawke's Dublin hostelries.
Trainer Paul Hennessy was at Limerick but watched on screen as Badminton Girl scorched from the traps to look a likely Oaks winner.
She was three lengths in front around the corner from the favourite Borna Gem, with Locnamon Bridie about a length-and-a-half back in third.
Locnamon then produced a fantastic surge that carried her past Borna Gem by halfway and saw her track Badminton around the third bend.
When Badminton moved a fraction wide on the final bend, Locnamon was through the opening in a flash and galloped up the straight to win by two lengths from Badminton Girl in a stunning 28.23 with Melodys Diamond finishing with a flourish to be a neck third.
Meanwhile, over at Wimbledon, Droopys Jet and Ballymac Vic tightened their grip on the English Derby as they won their respective semi-finals in brilliant fashion.
The Fraser Black-trained Droopys Jet was thoroughly professional in the first heat as he shot from the traps and shrugged off the challenge of Bittles Bar by two-and-a-half lengths in 28.38, with Screen Critic also qualifying for the final. The big English hope Ballymac Eske ran dismally and finished at the rear of the field.
In the second heat, the lightly-raced Sidaz Jack put it up to Ballymac Vic when snatching the early lead and showing the way into the back.
However, the class and power of Liam Dowling's tracker won the day as he stormed to the front and raced on to win by two lengths from the strong-staying Airlie Impact in 28.29. Sidaz Jack was then a half-length third.
Unfortunately, the third Irish runner Tyrur Sugar Ray failed to qualify from this heat.
Our value recommendation Farloe Trent ran out a 6/1 winner of the €15,000 Boylesports Race Of Champions at Tralee on Friday. Pat Buckley's star powered past the defending champion Razldazl Rioga off the fourth bend for a three-and-a-half-length margin in a record time of 29.43.