Ian Fortune

Clearway Kayla produced the standout performance at Shelbourne Park on Friday evening as she ran out a facile winner of the opening semi final of the Painstown Kennels A1/A2 NB 550.

Pat Gormley’s daughter of Droopys Sydney and Caragh Kayla had endured a bumpy ride in the opening round but there were no such problems on Friday.

The David Murray trained bitch broke smartly from the inside box and was soon in complete control. Pulling right away down the back straight, she emerged a very impressive seven length winner in a rapid 29.76. Tsali Jack came through for second, while Fast Fit Limit was the third qualifier, some three and a half lengths further adrift. 


The second heat saw the father and son team of Timmy and Tommy O’Donovan send out Lockdown to record his third career victory.

The son of Laughil Blake and Miss Mini Marvel made the most of the longer run up to the lead on the turn.

Once doing so he opened up a race-winning advantage before holding on for a two and a half length success over the fast-finishing Mays Blackstone in 30.17. Ballyhale Ron was a further length away in third.


The opening round of the Bull Run Bolt @ Stud 575 provided some fine action on the undercard with a couple of very impressive heat winners.

In terms of the clock, none could match Donald O’Neill’s Cricket Bell as he displayed a clean pair of heels to his rivals. Stretching clear on the long run to the turn, he never looked like wavering and the son of Iso Octane and Coolemount Bally ran out a comfortable five and a half length winner over the saying on Warzone Rosie in 31.48. 


Mydras Kim was next fastest, coming home clear in Heat 6 in 31.65.

Moira Costigan’s charge led from the second bend and eased right away to eventually cross the line seven lengths clear.


Brian Robinson’s Hather Daisy was a very impressive winner of Heat 5 as she overcame early crowding.

A bad fifth as they entered the back straight, the daughter of Hather For Matt and Hather Two Bake flew home to lead in the closing yards for a two length victory over Manalishi Blitz in 31.79. Keep an eye out for Hather Daisy in ‘Stayers Corner’ in the future. She looks as though she would certainly appreciate a step up to six bends.

Deadly Endeavour finally opened his account in Heat 3. Owned by the Whos Doin The Talkin’ Syndicate, the son of Good News raced prominently before asserting down the back straight. He went on to contain Ballymac Deb by four lengths in 31.71.  

The remaining heats went to Valegro and Elsie The Cooper. Maurice and Paula Heffernan’s Valegro moved to the front early in the back straight and held the advancing Urban Blaze by a half length in 32.08.

Eleanor Turner’s Elsie The Cooper forced her way through on the fence at the corner to lead down the back straight. She was all out in the closing yards but held off Boynepark Case by a short head in 32.04.