Sub 28.60 runs are few and far between at Clonmel track but there was a huge effort in the final race of the session on Friday night as the Jim Scully trained, Ballybrazil Gun flew around the suirside circuit.
Owned by John Henebery, Ballybrazil Gun was plying his trade around Kilcohan Park prior to venturing to Clonmel but the September 18’ prospect really took off after a flying start from trap six. Posting a super-fast 2.79 split to the line, the son of ‘Kinloch Brae - Knockout Glory’ rocketed into the opening turn to quickly put this contest to bed. Stretching his advantage down the back straight, the impressive brindle powered around the bottom two bends and stayed on to record a seven length victory. The time was an incredible 28.54.
DUKE DELIVERS ON DEBUT
Elsewhere on the card there was an impressive debut performance from the Graham Holland trained, Swords Duke.
Owned by Barbara Lowndes, Swords Duke was swiftly into stride wearing the orange jacket and the son of ‘Rio Quattro - Coonough Bell’ motored into the opening corner in charge. From here, the gap opened and the chasing pack could make little inroads into the eight and a half length distance at the winning line. Clocking a brilliant 28.92, there will be more to come from this fellow in the upcoming months.
Flying starts were certainly the order of the night and Fortune Maker joined the party in race eight for owner, Michael Cremin.
Out like a rocket from trap three, Fortune Maker posted a brilliant 2.75 split to the winning line first time up and he blazed a trail into the back straight. Trained by Joan Cremin, Fortune Maker had built up ahead of steam down the back and the son of ‘Scolari Me Daddy - Fifth Gear’ had enough in the tank to cross the line in front. Four lengths clear, the time was a swift 28.82.