Peter Farrell

Galway hosted a twelve race, all graded affair last night and Croaghill Annie was the star of the show as she followed up victory in her last outing with a career best performance for owner Patrick McDonagh.

After coming from off the pace to record 29.12 on her last outing, the signs were there that Croaghill Annie could go considerably faster and this so proved in race nine as she took an absolute flier from trap four to lead early on. Even at this early stage the writing was on the wall for the opposition as the normally fast finisher was stretching out impressively down the back straight. Trained by John McDonagh, Croaghill Annie hadn’t dipped under the 29 second barrier thus far in her career but that was to change as she stormed up the Galway straight to see off nearest challenger, Creevy Tiger by three and a three quarter lengths. The clock stopped at 28.76 on a going of .20s. A huge effort from the daughter of Laughil Blake - Croaghill Girl.


Not too far away on the clock was a regular to notching quick times as Fast Fit Limit made it back to back wins at Galway for owner John Quinn and trainer Martin Fahy.

Fresh off a 28.75 winning performance last time out, it was business as usual for Fast Fit Limit as he stalked the leader for the majority of the race until pouncing late. Moderately away from trap four, it was a case of ‘Deja Vu’ as Fast Fit Limit tucked in behind Tradesman for the majority of the contest and similarly to last time, the son of Over Limit - Fast Fit Misty collared the longtime leader close home. Crossing the line a two lengths clear, the time was a slick 28.81 .20s.


There was a very smart performance in the third race of the night as Rockmount Dizzee bounced back from debut defeat to land a sprint contest in impressive fashion.

A very young June 19’ whelp, Rockmount Dizzee had qualified well but was luckless in his first start over the standard trip. However, dropping back down to two bends certainly paid dividends for owner Shane Flanagan as his charge proved too hot to handle. Swiftly into stride from trap four, the son of Laughil Blake - Rathmeehan Holly showed fine gears into the opening corner and never broke stride rounding the bottom two bends. In clear daylight, Rockmount Dizzee flew up the straight and crossed the line three lengths better off than Gunner Leno in second. The time was a rapid 19.10 .10s.


Paddy and Paul Burke notched a double last week at Galway and their purple patch continued with another nice double last night with Bumblebee Maria and Bumblebee Hibbs both scoring.

Bumblebee Maria was first up in race four and the daughter of Rio Quattro - Paradise Maria made it back to back wins. Well away from trap three, ‘Maria’ had a fine buckle with Firestone Jet for large parts of the race but she showed superior stamina in the closing stages and despite the best efforts of Heathlawn Bluetom, Bumblebee Maria crossed the line a half a length in front. The time was 29.67.

The double was completed in race ten as Bumblebee Hibbs (Superior Product - Curious Thinking) benefited from traffic up front to stay on best of all and claim victory. Despite breaking well from six, Bumblebee Hibbs lost a lot of ground rounding the opening turn due to his wide running style and had plenty on his plate heading down the back straight. However, trouble up front and some smart tracking from Bumblebee Hibbs culminated in him sweeping to the front late on and claiming a three length win. The time was 29.65.


The final race of the night was an exciting contest as Pinnacle Abbie (Laughil Duke - Maries Legacy) came out on top for owner Michael Costello.

It was Campclone Blaze who broke bets of all from trap four and the latter took control rounding the opening turn with Pinnacle Abbie a close second. Scraping the paintwork down the far side, Pinnacle Abbie joined the leader and the duo had a ding-dong battle approaching the penultimate bend. However, the inside line proved crucial and it was the red jacket of Pinnacle Abbie who came out on top as she crossed the line a length and a quarter ahead of the fast finishing Olly Rodick in second. The time was a decent 29.12.

Orbsen Ash made it three wins from three starts last night as landed a 350 yard contest for owner Tom Kelly.

It was Corrandulla Brae who flashed from trap three but was quickly joined by Orbsen Ash heading into the opening corner and after going for a daring run up the inside, the son of Droopys Jet - Scala Masie was rewarded with the lead rounding the bottom two corners. Extending the lead thereafter, Orbsen Ash maintained his unbeaten record as he crossed the line four and a half lengths to the good. The time was 19.51.