There was a very popular winner of Friday's closing race at Youghal track, with Adrath Albert winning the final of the Ned Flynn Memorial Unraced Stake, which carried a winner’s prize of €1,000.
The event was sponsored by John Coleman and a large crowd gathered at the track for the feature race on the card. It looked a very hot contest and all the money prior to the final was for Rian Crotty's Gonzo. However, it was Burgess Macy who led around the opening turns and the Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly-owned runner looked in control heading down the back straight.
Soon five lengths clear, the daughter of Good News looked the most likely winner. Ardrath Albert, who is trained by John Kiely for Richenda Kelly, Youghal, began to mount a serious challenge on the home turns. Showing strong staying power, the easy to back 6-4 chance delivered a strong late run and the exciting July youngster went on to win by a length, from the Burgess runner, in a best of the night, 29.24.
Race sponsor John Coleman making the presentation to Seamus Curran after Ardrath Albert's impressive victory in the final of the Ned Flynn Memorial Unraced Stake. Also included are the Flynn family, along with friends and supporters
OSCAR BACK TO WINNING FORM
Knockglass Oscar bounced back to winning form with a superb winning performance race four, an A2 event, at Youghal track.
Owned by Martin Murphy, Ladysbridge, the winner was in front early and the 9-4 shot quickly moved six clear. Corrin Susan made late gains to get within a length and a half, in 29.48.
In race two, Druids Just So took up the running at the opening corner and the John Brennan-owned runner Dungarvan went clear to record a wide margin success.
The 9-4 joint-favourite coming home with eight lengths to spare over Jim Joe, in 29.59, winning the A4.
The kennel of John Brennan doubled up when Druids Say What produced a great run to get off the mark on the third time of asking in race 10, an A5. Vicks Surprise ran on well for second, with the winner holding on by half a length, in 29.50.
Following up on last week’s victory, Some Ambition, who is trained by Patrick Cullinane, came out on top in race six, an A4.
In front after the second corner, the 5-2 winner then kept on gamely to fend off the staying-on Ginger Ale, by half a length, in 30.02.
THREE STRAIGHT WINS
In-form Conna Pinpoint made it a hat trick of straight success with a great front running display in race seven, an A1.
Showing fine early pace, Matthew Noonan's runner came home with half a length to spare over Corrin Padjoe, who was bidding for four straight wins, in 29.64.
IN OTHER RACES
In front at the third corner, Hold On Johnny impressed with a strong winning run to record a ninth career victory in race eight, an A3. Owned by Karen Milling, Cappagh, the 7-2 chance was two and a half lengths clear of Coolanga Twirl, in 29.64.
Seaview Origi was a well-backed winner of the opener, an A6. The even-money favourite winning in 30.24, for the Walsh brothers, Ring.
The Walsh brothers made it a double on the night when Seaview Ollie made all the running to win race 11, an A3, in 29.69.
Geelo Tango made all to win race nine, an A7, for the Geelo-Racing Syndicate. The 7-2 chance, winning, in 30.36.
Quickest into stride, Rollaway Bob made all the running, in race three, an A5. Owned by John O'Connell, Cobh, the 9-4 second choice of the punters kept on well to beat Carefree Prince, who missed the kick early. Three lengths between them, in 29.77.
Mias Harrison, trained by Kevin McLean for owners Jimmy and Edward Farrell, Clonmel, got the better of Canvas Tipp, to win race five, an A6, by a length and a half, in 30.47.