Sunday 25 February 2018

Tipoki repels irish raid

There was no joy for the Irish in the final of the English Derby at Wimbledon on Saturday as the Charlie Lister-trained Bandicoot Tipoki swooped late to grab a half-length victory in 28.57.

Toomaline Jack, the Irish-trained favourite, looked sure to collect when he challenged Lyreen Mover into the third bend. However, the dogs bumped and there was further crowding in the straight as the field tightened up.

Bandicoot Tipoki took advantage and came with a big run on the inside to win from Lyreen Wonder, with the Fraser Black-trained Krug Ninety Five getting up late to claim the third prize a short head back.

Meanwhile, Owen McKenna's Tooquicktoocatch was fastest (28.52) as the opening round of the Irish Oaks drew to a close at Shelbourne Park. Her time was nearly equalled 15 minutes later as Clearview Kelly posted a career-best 28.53 to win Heat 14.

Dalcash Dvinsky led from the start to win Heat 15 in 28.61, while the progressive Triangle Beyonce also did little wrong when making all to win Heat 11 in 28.63.

Ferdia Bound justified red-hot favouritism in the opening semi-final of the Barrys Tea Open 750 at Curraheen Park as he maintained his unbeaten record in the event in 41.74.

Sean Meaney's Cooladerry Fizz opened her account over six bends when holding off the fast-finishing Kerryroad Baba to prevail by a neck in 41.75.

Irish Independent

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