Peter Farrell

With €900 up for grabs, the final of the ‘Maurice & John Leahy Memorial Novice 525’ was the feature event at Galway last night and anyone who took advantage of the ‘Barking Buzz’ app would have witnessed a terrific performance from Paradise Prince.

Owned by Sean Meade, Paradise Prince had some fine trials in his book prior to debuting at Galway last week and despite going down to a two length defeat, the promising pup showed lovely dash to progress safely in second. The son of ‘Good News - Paradise Summer’ made no mistakes last night however, and sent to traps the 4/5 jolly, he was quickly into stride to surge to front early doors. The red jacket was in full force down the back straight and despite the best efforts of Foxwood Jon Jo in second, it was going to take a monumental effort to overhaul the leader. Staying on strongly, Paradise Prince scored by three and three parts of a length to record a blistering estimate of 28.69.


The semi finals of the ‘Bumblebee Kyne Enjoying Retirement A7 525’ also took place last night and Paddy Burke accounted for both of the semi finals with Bumblebee Malory and Bumblebee Love.

Litter comrades, Bumblebee Love (Ballymac Vic - Bumblebee Rosie) went quickest in the second semi final with a trap to line performance. Trained by Paul Burke, ‘Love’ was well away wearing red and made every post a winning one as she tracked well to record a comfortable two and three parts of a length victory. The time was a decent 29.49 for the 5/2 shot.

Prior to that, Bumblebee Malory showed some fine battling qualities to record a fourth win from just the five starts. Well away from trap five, ‘Malory’ held off the persistent Wilbrook Freeway by a narrow neck to record a time of 29.78. The winner returned a red hot 4/6 favourite.


Elsewhere on the card, the semi finals of the ‘Bull Run Bolt @ Stud 525’ took place and Annaghdown Star was the standout performer for owner, Stephen Dillon.

Showing glimpses of his talents in previous starts, Annaghdown Star (Ballymac Vic - Rocken Pearl) upped the ante last night with a personal best from trap two. Well away from blue, ‘Star’ took up the running at the opening bend and stayed in charge for the remainder of the contest. Over four lengths too hot for his rivals, the time was an impressive 28.85.

In the second semi final, Dunmahon Jet (Romeo Recruit - Droopys Frizz) got back to winning ways for trainer, Patrick Norris for the first time since July 2019. Fast away wearing the stripes, ‘Jet’ got to the front and despite surrendering the lead at stages, he showed good determination to battle back to the front. Another Fawn played a part in second but Dunmahon Jet held strong to record a fast 28.96.