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Sizzling Tavern sets pace

THE first round of the Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels threw up plenty of talking points and the major one was the failure of the traps on Friday night. The result of this was that three of the heats could not be run and these will be staged at a special session at Curraheen Park tonight (7.47).

Admission will be free and the draw for the second round will be made immediately afterwards.

Star of the round was Craig Kelly's Moes Tavern as he produced sizzling early pace to win Heat 9 on Saturday in 28.17. If he can keep going to the bend in this manner, he will take all the beating.

One that could beat him, though, is the Ronny Wuyts- trained Rockchase Bullet after a brilliant run in Heat 12. He was very slowly away but flew up to take the lead off the second bend and went on to win by four and a half lengths in 28.38.

Other impressive winners were Mines A Pint in 28.46, Sede Vacante in 28.27, Razldazl Rioga in 28.43 and Newlawn Tock in 28.42.

The semi-finals of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial Open 600 produced two exciting races at Shelbourne on Saturday as Larry Dunne's Slippery Bob went on to win by a length and a half from Droopys Harvey in 32.73.

Then Pat Gordon's Airforce Roger produced a huge burst of pace down the back in the second heat and he won by a neck from Razldazl Barack in 32.65.

David Jordan's Archaton Linda was fastest in the heats of the Droopys Stud Munster Oaks at Waterford when winning in 28.38.

Irish Independent