SPECIAL SAMANTHA LANDS GALWAY UNRACED

SPECIAL SAMANTHA LANDS GALWAY UNRACED

Peter Farrell

The final of the February Unraced ON2 525 was the feature on last night’s Galway card and Droopys Samantha backed up her opening round win with another very impressive display.

Owned by Sean Dunphy and trained by Robert Gleeson, after clocking an estimate of 28.93 in her first qualifying trial around Youghal, it was clear that Droopys Samantha had the potential to be top-class. Stepping out for her first start last week, the well bred daughter of Out Of Range - Droopys Natalia took up the running down the back straight to win by two lengths in 29.20. However, that was merely a taster of what was to come. A four dog affair in last night’s decider, Droopys Samantha broke smartly from trap two to outpace her rivals early on and take a two length lead into the back straight. From here, she extended her advantage down the back as Hazelhill Kelso emerged the nearest threat in second. Rounding the penultimate bend and the classy bitch still had several lengths in hand and despite Hazelhill Kelso running a huge race in second, Droopys Samantha stayed on well to score by two lengths crossing the line. The time was a very 28.86 .20s. There is much more to come from this bitch going forward but keep an eye for Hazelhill Kelso who also has a big future.

EXCHANGE WINS AGAIN

Exchange Three is quickly becoming something of a track specialist around Galway track and he obliged once again in race eleven, an A3 525.

Owned by Michael Carey, Exchange Three had won two of his last three starts at Galway prior to last night and seeking his a brilliant eleventh win, he duly sprung from trap six to lead early on. Sweeping the opening bend clear of Mollrose Annie, the son of Droopys Jet - Miss Lochdeise quickly stretched his advantage down the back and he had clear daylight over the field. Heading for home and despite his gallop shortening in the final few yards, Exchange Three held form to score by one length from the fast finishing Flyers Iniesta in second. The time was a good 29.14 .20s.

SPEEDSTER EXTRA MAKES IT FIVE FROM SIX

There was a notable performance over the 350-yard trip in race seven as No Extra made it five wins from his last five starts at Galway.

No Extras is in the form of his life of late and despite winning over the standard four bend trip back in November, it is since being dropped back to the sprint where he has really excelled. Jointly owned by Bertie Treacy and Robert Moloney, No Extras was once again polished at traps as he showed terrific early gears to lead early on. Rounding the opening turn without breaking stride, the son of Belles Direction - Percys On Fire tracked expertly thereafter to fly up the home straight and record the win. Two lengths clear of Me And Jack at the winning line, the time was a swift 19.18 .10s.