Clonmel hosted a ten-race, all graded affair last night and it proved a fruitful night for both Kathryn Ryan and Graham Holland as the duo notched a double for their kennel on the card.
It was Longview Helen who got the ball rolling for Kathryn Ryan in race three, a 300-yard contest. Chasing a second career win, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Sarahs Turbo broke well from three but it was her lightning turn of early speed which caught the eye to lead. Claires Queen proved a constant threat in second but as they straightened for home, Longview Helen pulled out all the stops to cross-over a length too strong. The time was 16.66.
The double was completed in emphatic fashion in race six, an Open/S2 330-yard sprint by Longview Jack. Chasing back-to-back wins after a mighty impressive 16.21 last time out, the son of Laughil Blake - Sarahs Turbo, a brother of Longview Helen, smashed from traps to lead the field a merry dance early on. From here, it was a procession victory for Longview Jack as he stretched clear to record a seven length win over Watch Out Girl. The time was a superb 16.15.
Another to land a double on the night was trainer Graham Holland and the first of his runners to cross in front was the Kevin O’Brien-owned Newinn Harrow.
Only a March 20’ whelp, Newinn Harrow was still chasing a first career win prior to last night despite some eye-catching displays. Slowly into stride from trap four, the son of Droopys Buick and Coolavanny Pearl had plenty of work to do as he occupied the rear of the field in the opening exchanges. However, making steady progress down the back, Newinn Harrow tracked expertly to avoid trouble and he finished at speed to chin Brave Yank on the line. Half a length separating the duo, the time was 29.08.
The double was complete for Graham Holland in the very next race as Bockos Newman ran out a good winner. Owned by Beverley Lochead, the December puppy was also chasing a first career win and he came away racing from trap one to dispute the early running with Cant Stop Busy. Entering the back straight and Bockos Newman showed his class as he railed brilliantly to open a healthy advantage on his rivals. From here, he stuck to his task well and the son of Kinloch Brae and Singing Hen had two lengths in hand over Lillys Vera at the winning line. The time was 28.94.
CLASSIC CHICK FASTEST
The fastest of the night over the standard trip went to Classic Chick as she claimed race five in comfortable fashion.
Owned by Trevor Power and trained by Jimmy Power, Classic Chick was fresh off a decent win at Waterford last time out and she made it a quick-fire double for connections as she produced a fine display throughout to score by four lengths from Code Jackal in second. The time for the daughter of Droopys Buick and Code Jackal was a fast 28.84.
IN OTHER RACES
The 29-second barrier took a bit of bashing all evening and Tullovin Olive got the ball rolling in the opening race of the night as she blitzed the field. Owned by Michael Ryan, Tullovin Olive rocketed from trap four to take an already healthy lead into the opening bend. Drawing clear thereafter, the daughter of Ballymac Best and Killinan Baby stayed on well to cross the line four and a half lengths clear of Billys Rascal in second. The time was 28.90.
Knockard Rory also dipped under 29-seconds in the following race, an A4 525. Owned by Tom Barrett and trained by Patrick Barrett, Knockard Rory was a good winner last time out and he brought his tally to three wins from four starts with another comprehensive victory. Flying from trap six, the son of Laughil Blake and Collop Rise dominated throughout to win by five and a half lengths from A Forgotten Man in second. The time was 28.99.