Peter Farrell

The final of the November ON3 Unraced 525 was the highlight of last night’s Clonmel card and after winning on debut in impressive fashion, Mallogs King maintained his unbeaten record for Sean Drohan.

With €625 up for grabs to the winner, Mallogs King would have been hot order to land the spoils but he had to play second fiddle to Kilkenny Eclipse in the early stages. Checking up at the second bend, Mallogs King looked to have plenty on his plate if he was to make it back-to-back wins. However, showing fine dash down the back, Mallogs King, a son of Droopys Sydney and Droopys Flavour, took command between the bottom two bends and from here, he drew clear to land victory. Crossing the line three and a half lengths clear of Serenity Bruno in second, the time was a 29.54 .20s.


Elsewhere on the card there were a couple of doubles for Paraic Campion and Graham Holland and it was in the opening race of the night where Violets Hill got Campion off to a flier.

Seeking a first career win for owner Osmond Bennett, the April 20’ daughter of Magical Bale and Road Queen came away well from trap two and she followed Margarets Blue into the opening corner. Bumping ensued at this point and it was Violets Hill who took control off the second turn and she never looked back thereafter. Running out a three and a half length winner over Cashen Biddy in second, the time was 29.64 .20s.

The double was completed for Paraic Campion in race eight as Dee Bee Duke claimed a first career win in good style. Owned by the Dee-Bee-Flyer-Syndicate, the May 20’ son of Ballymac Vic and Dee Bee Duchess was quickly into stride from six and he made every post a winner in coming home a length clear of Reality Belle in second. The time was a 29.41 .20s

Graham Holland was another trainer to land a double on the night and it was Riverside Beau who got the ball rolling in race five. Another seeking a first career win, the son of Clonbrien Hero and Slippery Thema was out with the washing early on as he trailed the field but he delivered a powerful finish to soar past his rivals and claim a half length victory over Dromana Lee in second. The time was 29.25.

The double was completed in the concluding race of the night as Oreo Into Orbit bounced back from an unlucky defeat last time out. An extremely well-bred son of Droopys Jet and Riverside Honey, Oreo Into Orbit came away well wearing the blue jacket and he opened a sizable lead entering the back straight. It was one-way traffic thereafter for Rachel Holland’s charge as he stayed on well to seal a three and a half length win over Robinhill Lady in second. The time was 29.22.


The fastest time of the night was recorded in race seven, the Kilsheelan A1 525, as Ardnasool Chase came from off the pace to land the spoils.

After coming up against a hot winner last time out, Ardnasool Chase looked the one to beat in race seven but he was sluggish into stride from trap six in his attempts to double his career tally to two wins. However, showing big speed to get back on terms, the Cathal McGhee-owned son of Ardnasool Jet and Droopys Esther picked off his rival and got up in the shadows of the winning line to record a short-head victory over Hullaba Lulu in second. The time was a good 29.21 .20s.


There was a lot to like about the winner of race two, a novice 525, as Kilkenny Hawk ran out a comfortable winner for owner David Evans.

A December 19’ son of Kilkenny Desmond and Lemon Isabella, Kilkenny Hawk boasted an unbeaten qualifying campaign coming into the race and he proved a class above his rivals as he won with ease. It was Silk Cut Loco who came away best of all from trap six but KIlkenny Hawk displayed a big early dash from one and he scraped the paintwork of the rails to take control rounding the first. From here, the heavyweight tracker opened a lead of seven lengths within a matter of strides and he maintained this powerful gallop all the way to the winning line. A very impressive winner, the time was a slick 29.36 .20s and it should be noted that this is the first litter from sire Kilkenny Desmond and it's great to see a young dog, who was clearly very fast during his time on track, getting his chance at stud.