Ian Fortune

There were some fine displays at Shelbourne Park on Friday night on a track that was clearly in fine order.

Fastest run for the standard trip came in the third race with Domestic Arrow making the most of an ideal draw on the fence, in turn initiating a double for Marie Gilbert.

The son of Head Bound and Kingsmill Honey flew into the turn to make every inch for a facile five and a half length verdict over Go On Jacko in 28.55.

Marie Gilbert later completed the double in the A3 fifth race as Badminton Conor reeled in Burgess Maxi to claim a second career victory in his third career start. Steering a middle path throughout, Badminton Conor joined the early leader into the third turn and outstayed her on the run in to hit the line two lengths to the good in 28.59.  

Neilus O’Connell sent out Blanemore Dara to emerge a good winner of the seventh race over the 575yd trip. Only third around the turn, Blanemore Dara improved to go second down the back straight before pouncing on the run in. Heading Yours Truly up the straight, Blanemore Dara eventually score by three and a half lengths in 31.21.

Racing ended with the well-bred Doolin Princess opening her account for Pat Buckley and Austin Whelan. Despite moving off the fence in the early yards, the daughter of Barcia Bale and Droopys Smasher made every inch. Ballydoyle Bee and Glenlaara Rosa did stay on strongly but Doolin Princess wasn’t going to be denied and she hit the line with a length to spare in 31. 41.

Shady Dot set the tone in the opener, posting a career best 28.65 for Barry Roche as she came home two lengths clear of Sparkling Paddy.

The Tina McGrane trained Sweetheart Deal looked a bright prospect in the second race just fifteen minutes later when coming home clear in 28.57. At the line, the daughter of Zero Ten and Crinkill Rita had almost five lengths in hand.

Ropewalk Bhoy continued the fine run of form of Liam O’Rourke when coming through to win the A2 fourth race over 550yds. Never too far back, the son of Laughil Blake and Ravenswood Emily charged to the front at the third turn and then eased away to beat the staying on Wicket Keeper by a length in 29.87.

Pennys Kai arrived late and fast to add to his tally in the A2 ninth race. Trained by Paul Hennessy for the O’Rourke–Kenny–McCreevy Syndicate, the son of Kinloch Brae and Rathbride Rocket came through the pack to lead in the closing yards for a neck verdict over Grove Bob in 28.79.

Tommy Woods’ Lord Boomerang (Pinpoint Maxi/ Razldazl Beth) was too strong for Brazilian Ghali and Biko Raven in the A2 sixth race. Moving with menace into the third turn, Lord Boomerang made his move as they hit the final turn and eventually eased away to beat Brazilian Ghali by three and a half lengths in 28.79.

Murt Leahy and Billy O’Keeffe were on the mark in the A2 eighth race as Ballyadams Focus got the better of the always prominent Skyblues Joe by a neck in 28.95.