Ian Fortune

The only final up for decision at Shelbourne Park on Friday was that of the A5 525 and Tom Egan’s Abbeyville Bobby (Abbeyville Tipp/ Abbeyville Pearl) made the most of a perfect draw on the fence to dominate.

The August ’16 whelp was never threatened as he led throughout to eventually see off Likeable Ruler by two and a half lengths in 29.16.


Ravenswood Jols and Pats Advice justified favouritism in the semi finals of the A2 525 with both emerging comfortable scorers.

Gerry Barber’s Ravenswood Jols was one of the hottest favourites of the night in the opening semi and she dominated throughout to eventually beat her litter brother Biko Raven by two and a half lengths in 28.92.

Fifteen minutes later Pats Advice, trained by Sean Devlin foir Brian and Tony Walsh, went faster leading early to eventually come home clear in 28.68. The son of Aero Majestic and Skymas was too good for his rivals once getting loose and he stretched right away to score by eight and a half lengths.


Elsewhere on the card Knight Prince and Noplacelikehome won the semi finals of the A3 525. Remarkably both wore the red jacket and clocked an identical 28.71. Leonard Kinsella’s Knight Prince was first in action and he shook off the early challenge of Ballydoyle Buzz to lead early in the back straight.  

The Ollie Bray trained son of Kinloch Brae and Royal Highflyer went on to see off the late challenge of Berties Blake by two lengths.

Noplacelikehome, owned by the C & C Partnership Syndicate, looked a nice type in the second heat as he repelled the persistent challenge of Drumdoit Bermuda. A brother to last weekend’s Coronation Cup winner Antigua Rum, Noplacelikehome forced his way to the front on the turn, bumping Drumdoit Bermuda in the process.

This proved decisive and the son of Droopys Jet and Basket Of Trumps maintained a strong gallop throughout to hold the renewed late challenge of Drumdoit Bermuda by a neck in 28.71.