NUMEN SETS STANDARD IN KILKENNY A3

NUMEN SETS STANDARD IN KILKENNY A3

Ian Fortune

Beaming Numen set a strong standard in the second round of the Kilkenny Track A3 525 on Friday night, posting a time some three lengths faster than the next quickest heat winner.

The Willie Connelly trained son of Ballymac Best and Droopys Mazda made a decisive move at the second turn in the final heat.

Slippy Sophie set the pace into the turn but stayed to the middle of the track. Beaming Numen went up in second but cut for the fence to take up the running as they hit the back straight. Once going to the front there was never any doubt the result.

Chris Connelly and Corona Ryan’s youngster stretched on to emerge a comfortable three and a half length scorer over the staying on Lemon Tossy in 29.10.

SHELLY DICTATES

Allowdale Shelly was the next fastest heat winner when dictating from the start.

The Paraic Campion trained daughter of Droopys Jet and Allowdale Nokia displayed the best early speed from trap five to hold a narrow lad into the bend.

The chasing pack were never far away but the leader kept digging in up front. Fortunate Duo emerged as the nearest pursuer, coming from the back of the pack to close on the leader but Allowdale Shelly held on to score by a neck in 29.31. Fortunate Duo was second with Lemon Tilda third.

GIRL MAKES EVERY YARD

Gavin O’Mahoney’s Storys Girl (Droopys Jet/ Balymac Scala) posted a rapid 4.23 sectional in the opening heat to make every inch.

The Murt Leahy trained youngster displayed superb early dash to set a strong gallop into the back straight and she built a decisive lead.

Hollyhill Davy gave chase passing halfway but Rathduff Warrior also flew home to get involved. In a desperate finish Storys Girl held on to see off the advancing duo of Rathduff Warrior and Hollyhill Davy by two short heads in 29.32.       

ELSA STRIKES THE FRONT LATE

The remaining heat saw Lemon Elsa (Ballymac Vic/ Lemon Belle) come home in front for Sarah and Gillian Eardly.

The race to the bend was particularly tight with Shady Murt, Lemon Elsa and Pookies Seville all challenging. Shady Murt stayed tight to the fence to move to the front but Lemon Elsa was soon in chase.

She got the better of Blackstone May to go second into the third turn before making her move. Showing real fluency around the last two bends, Lemon Elsa challenged and headed the early pace-setter to emerge a length scorer over the staying on Blackstone May in 29.52. Shady Murt was a head away in third.