Peter Farrell

After sponsoring a fine event down in Limerick in recent weeks, Gerard Hutton has kindly stepped in to sponsor Clonmel’s Guys and Dolls stake and the fastest of the Epic Hero Leger Winner A3/A4 opening round last night was the Declan Byrne trained Mays Blackstone.

Owned by May Aylward, Mays Blackstone is still learning her trade as a May 19’ whelp but she looked a prospect after winning her debut race in 28.89 at Waterford. Without success since that outing, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Blackstone Angie was back in the winner’s enclosure last night with the fastest of the opening round, 28.84. Quickly into stride from trap two, it was one-way traffic from the off as the talented youngster extended her lead throughout to run out a comfortable eight and a half length victor. An early marker that she will take a bit of stopping in this €1500 to the winner stake. (16.42 sec)


Next best on the clock came in the opening heat of the night as Mulcair Joe produced a career best effort to land the spoils. Owned by Pat McNamara, Mulcair Joe was swiftly into stride wearing the red jacket and he showed the superior early pace to lead early on. Maintaining a strong gallop thereafter, the son of Droopys Jet - Mulcair Raven stayed on well in the latter stages and was two lengths better off at the winning line. The time was a fast 28.92. (16.37 sec).

Prior to the performance of Mays Blackstone in heat five, Declan Byrne scored in heat two also as Toe Knee Hawk (Droopys Nidge - Coolavanny Ella) made a winning return to racing. Off since Christmas, Toe Knee Hawk had to settle for second place entering the opening turn as Ratchies Foxrock showed first from trap one. However, running a fine second bend, Toe Knee Hawk took over wearing the black jacket and from here, he ran out a comprehensive, four length winner. The time was .1 slower than the opening heat with the clock stopping at 28.93. (16.26 sec).

It certainly was a night to be out and gone at Clonmel and in heat four, Nodgos Pet pinged out in front to score for owner Denis Morrissey. Breaking well from trap four, Nodgos Pet, who won an opening round heat of the Rural Hawaii Unraced, showed the superior early foot to hold all the aces into the opening corner. A class above her rivals throughout, the daughter of Droopys Sydney - Blastoff Fizz claimed a six and a half length win at the line. The time was 29.14. (16.40 sec).

There was an identical time recorded in heat six as Silk Cut Sally also made every post a winner to run out an easy scorer. Owned and trained by Maurice Organ, Silk Cut Sally has some decent form around Youghal but returning to Clonmel last night, she was smartly into stride from trap five to record a 2.84 sectional. In full control rounding the opening corner, the daughter of Skywalker Puma - Bottle of Banter was never under any threat as she came home eight and a half lengths clear. The time was 29.14. (16.37 sec).

The remaining heat of the night was landed by Bing Wild (Droopys Sydney - Bing Sveta) for owner Vincent Morris. A young July 19’ whelp, Bing Wild was chasing a third win from just the eight starts and he was quickly away to pace up the rail from trap one. A closely run contest down the back straight with Strike Force also getting involved, Bing Wild held off the advances of the aforementioned Strike Force to win by a length and a half. The time was 29.53. (16.63 sec).


Elsewhere on the card there was a nice debut performance from Belvedere Prince (Droopys Jet - Leevalley Dancer) in a race three, a novice 300.

Owned by Susan O’Sullivan, Belvedere Prince struck the front early from trap one and the impressive blue showed fine early dash on the run to the opening corner. Tracking well between bends, it was all one-way traffic from Belvedere Prince thereafter and he duly stormed up the home straight to win by over six lengths. The time was a good 16.44.