Skywalker Puma on a roll
SKYWALKER PUMA had his first race since winning the Irish Derby when contesting the first round of the Irish St Leger at Limerick and he didn't disappoint as he produced the best time of the round.
The writing was on the wall at the second bend where Skywalker tracked Shaneboy Alley. He had to battle to overhaul the impressive Shaneboy but was too strong off the final bend and raced past to win by two-and-a-half lengths in an excellent 29.57.
There were a few other outstanding runs, with Graham Holland's Murralli Junior leading all the way to beat hot favourite Tibetan Skies by three-parts of a length in 29.59, while Oaks winner Milldean Tally returned from a lay-off and romped home four lengths in front of Head For Fame in 29.61.
Gowran trainer Paul Hennessy rattled off a fine heat treble with Money Talks in 29.92, Priceless Sky in an excellent 29.68 and veteran Droopys Comedian in 30.00.
Undoubtedly, the surprise of the night was the defeat of Sparta Maestro in the ninth heat, where he lost ground on the opening bend after a bump and ran on late to be a three-length second behind Robert Gleeson's strong-running Ardkill Star in 30.00.
At Shelbourne, Peter Cronin's Jacksallstar led all the way in a Puppy Open to win by seven-and-a-half lengths from Rockchase Reem in a sensational 28.29.
Milldean Panther had a solo trial before racing and clocked a modest enough 28.82 after losing his hind legs on the first bend. He will be visiting the vet tomorrow for a check-up.