Wednesday 22 November 2017

Paradise falls short in night of surprises

The College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup first round saw the three hot fancies beaten in the opening session at Shelbourne Park.

Biggest upset was the defeat of Paradise Madison in the second heat, but his lack of a prior run had an effect. He was third to the bend where he took a hefty bump. He ran on strongly and finished third behind John Linehan's Droopys Adler in 29.67.

Ballymac Vic was another favourite to bite the dust in Heat 3. He was tardy at the start and always struggled to get to fast-starting Money Talks. Paul Hennessy has been preaching his ability for some time and was vindicated when Money Talks flew from traps and gamely held off Ballymac Vic by a length in 29.80.

It was the first of a great double for Hennessy who was back after Hot Pursuit's win in Heat 5. A flying start was the main recipe for victory as he won by five lengths from Skywalker Legend in 29.88.

Aidan Denton's Kereight King came back to top form, winning the opening heat in 29.83, flying out of traps en route to a four-length success over Camas Crash.

Anthony Rooney's Colmcille Olly led all when holding off other hot tip Tyrur Sugar Ray by a neck in 30.00, while the concluding heat saw Graham Holland's Jimmy Boy edge out Tyrur Justin by a short head in 30.08.

There was thrilling fare in the semi-finals of the Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick, which resulted in victories for Kisses For Cloda and Roxholme Bully. Both heat winners displayed big early pace in their contests.

Dan and Clodagh Butler's Kisses For Cloda flew to the corner and left a strewn field in his wake in the first heat where he ran out a five-length winner from Droopys Banner in 28.45, with Melodys Gamble also qualifying for the final in third.

Owen McKenna's Roxholme Bully outpaced his rivals to the corner in the second heat and held the big run of the bitch Royal Diva by a couple of lengths in 28.37, with Oran Maestro some three lengths third. At Cork, the Kudos Supersprint final was won by half a length by Bulmers Baby in 17.58.

Irish Independent

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