Ian Fortune

The racing surface at Shelbourne Park was clearly in wonderful condition on Friday evening with each of the eight four bend race winners posting a career best effort, including a couple going a half second better than their previous best.

The track was rated .10 fast for the opening half of the card with the latter races rated .20 fast. Fastest of the many fast winners was Skyblues Joe as he posted a sizzling 28.31 (.20 fast) in the sixth race on the card, one of three winners for Paul Hennessy who also scored with Priceless Squire and Priceless Jet who happened to post the second fastest time of the night.

Skyblues Joe never saw a rival. S.P Smyth’s son of Skywalker Puma and Skywalker Alice flew from the inside box and was always in command before going on to record a comfortable three and a half length victory over the eye-catching Choctaws Chokfi.

Priceless Jet would surely have gone even faster only for finding traffic on more than one occasion. Ravenswood Mango led from the turn but was always under pressure once Priceless Jet slipped around second. 

Despite being halted a couple of times as he tried to pass on the outside, priceless Jet had enough in the locker to come again on the run in. Staying on strongly, the promising son of Droopys Jet and Ravenna took over in the closing yards to score by a length in 28.37 (.20 fast).

The opening leg of Hennessy’s treble came in the third race with Bryan and Kathleen Murphy’s Priceless Squire coming through to deny long-time leader Razldazl Mya. At the line Priceless Squire had three parts of a length in hand in 28.53. 


Neilus O’Connell also continued his superb run of form when sending out both Clodaghs Legend and Patricks Machine to win for owner Siobhan Burke.

The pair won in similar fashion, breaking fast to make every yard.

Clodaghs Legend took the A2 seventh race. She repelled the challenge of Brazilian Ghali into the third turn before powering up the straight for a five length verdict over Highview Novel in 28.53.

Patricks Machine won the ninth race by the same margin. He too flashed from traps and never saw a rival as he ran out a comfortable five length winner over Cut And Run in 28.39.


Deadly Do Lago made an impressive six bend debut in the Novice 750 eighth race.

Representing the Garry Hannon/ Karol Ramsbottom alliance, the son of Scolari Me Daddy and Bellmore Pebbles flew from trap four and soon built a clear advantage.

Blanemore Dara did close rapidly in the second half of the contest but Deadly Do Lago was never under any pressure as he coasted home five and a half lengths clear in a fast 41.46.


The well-bred Drumdoit Barney also made a winning debut over the extended 750yd trip in the Novice 750 fifth race.

Owned by Rebecca Porter and Alan Byrne, the son of Good News and Our Pebbles was never too far off the pace but came through in the closing yards to win by two and a half lengths from Antigua Bullet in 41.98. The winner, a November ’18 whelp, clearly has plenty of improvement to come and could make a talented stayer in time.

Droopys Ezra claimed a third career victory for Murt Leahy and Michael Hickey in the fourth race. Never far off the pace she was too strong for Super Vic in the closing stages as she raced to a two and a half length success in 28.76.

Tony and Lorraine Howard’s Olympic Sparrow took thee second race. The Sean Devlin trained son of Jaytee Dutch and Olympic Gorgeous reeled in long-time leader Jaxx And All to win by three parts of a length in 28.79.

Racing commenced with Cabra Mane making all in the A3 opener. Kevin O’Kane’s son of Kinloch Brae and Cabra Smokey raced on to a four length victory over Baba Ganush in 28.77.