Benalmadena Roxy appreciated the drop in grade and set a strong standard in the opening round of the Boylesports S3 Bitch 525 at Kilkenny on Friday evening.
Stephen Pennel’s talented daughter of Dorotas Woo Hoo and Cabra Roxy took up the running early and predictably powered clear of her rivals to eventually come home almost ten lengths clear of Ring My Bell in 29.08.
LARK NEXT FASTEST
Next fastest was Karlow Lark as she made every inch in the penultimate heat. Sent to traps a 6-4 chance, Henry Kelly’s daughter of Droopys Jet was never under threat s she saw off Bingomary by seven lengths in 29.21.
David Hanlon was on the mark with his promising youngster Muffin in Heat 4. Boasting some useful Mullingar form, Muffin was too sharp for her rivals as she dominated throughout to score by a length and a half from the dead-heating pair of Airmount Sofia and Redzer Ruinart in 29.28.
Pat Sinnott’s Blackstone Balad claimed her first win of the year in the opening heat, hitting the front as they turned for home before going on to see of Fortunate Duo by four and a half lengths in 29.38.
Emily Macken’s Brynoffa Gem got back to winning ways in Heat 3, leading from the start before containing Hasty Sal. The daughter of Confident Rankin came home a neck to the good in 29.53.
Our Mille stayed on best of all to win the final heat for Tom White and Mathew Ryan. The daughter of Droopys Sydney hit the front in the closing yards to beat Autumn Zara by three parts of a length in 29.50.
JOEY BOOKS HIS DERBY TICKET
Fresh from his success in the SIS A1 525 final a week earlier, Trap Joey (Droopys Jet/ Mt Heaton Daisy) continued his superb runoff form to book his ticket for the Boylesports Irish Derby by claiming the Derby trial stake on the undercard.
Never far off the pace which was set by Hartford Master, Karen Murphy’s Trap Joey stayed on strongly to score by three parts of a length from the early pace-setter in 29.16.