For the third or fourth week in a row, Friday’s card at Shelbourne Park threw up some wonderful performances.
The feature race was the final of the Talking Dogs TV A2 525 and Generous Energy made the most of an ideal draw on the fence to lead home his rivals in the €2,000 decider.
The son of Ballymac Matt and Overtwoher was unbeaten through the early rounds and he made it three from three in fine style, despite making his slowest start of the competition. In contrast Hold Fire Now broke fast on the outside but his lead was short-lived.
Owned by the Eddie Hackett Led Dream Killers Syndicate, Generous Energy flew up the fence to assert and, once doing so, it was all one-way traffic. As those in chase clashed on the turn, Generous Energy opened a race-winning advantage.
Blastoff Harry emerged as the main danger and, despite closing to the line, he could never get back on terms. Generous Energy ran out a length scorer in 28.84.
A SUPERB RUN FROM MOR
Fastest run of the night came from the lightly raced Craggan Mor.
A January ’19 son of Top Honcho and Leezie Lindsay, Craggan Mor displayed real pace to emerge a facile winner of the A3 second race. Showing good early speed for Francie Murray and Howard Wallace, the fluent mover quickly shot clear of his rivals before coasting to a twelve length victory over Rathmeehan Rollo in 28.36.
PACEY PAT IMPRESSES
Next fastest was Glenquain Pat as he displayed superb early dash to assert at the turn in the A1 fifth race.
Owned jointly by Liam Kirley and Damien Cunningham, the son of Pat C Sabbath and Glenlee was never under any pressure as he ran out an impressive four and a half length scorer in 28.51.
EMMA WINS WELL OVER SIX BENDS
There was a fine effort from Jet Stream Emma as she made every inch to win the D3/D4 750 despite the persistent challenge of Rossbeigh Jim.
Trained by Paul Kiely for Mike Freshwater, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Jet Stream Babs flew from trap two and was always in front before seeing of her rival by a length and a half in 41.82.
LEMON AND MIKEY SCORE
The semi finals of the IRGT A2 Bitch 525 saw Highview Lemon (Jaytee Jet/ Highview Daisy) and Mikeys Gift (Vimmerby/ Coney Cashen) come out on top.
Highview Lemon was always prominent for Paddy and Gerry Merriman before getting the better of the persistent Innfield Jasper for a length verdict in 28.79.
Mikey Whelan’s Mikeys Gift won in similar style, racing prominently before taking up the running into the third turn. From there she repelled the late charge of Cranley Snowdrop by a length and a half in 28.67.
NO STOPPING HERO
Elsewhere on the card, Next Stop Hero looked a very nice type for Jerry Melia and Una O’Sullivan in the A2 seventh race.
The son of Greenwell Hulk and Next Stop Dublin broke fastest from four and quickly moved into a clear advantage. Billis Tudor gave chase throughout but there was no denying Next Stop Hero as he raced to a three length victory in 28.55.