The final of the College Road A6 550 was the highlight of last night’s Galway meeting and Ballyrean Rogue followed up last week's success to land the spoils for Joe Kelly.
Leading from trap to line last week, Ballyrean Rogue was expected to deploy similar tactics in the decider and he broke even sharper from trap three to take a commanding lead into the opening corner. The son of Newhall Missile - Notimetotalk held a healthy lead down the back straight and despite Port West Honey eating into his advantage in the closing stages, Ballyrean Rogue had enough in the tank as he crossed the line a length and a half clear to claim the €650 first prize. The time was 30.59.
BELIEVER STORMS TO VICTORY
Martin Fahy is in the midst of a purple patch at present and he sent out Believer (Droopys Cain - Bewitching) to land a 575-yard event in race nine.
Owned by Kerril Wade, Believer was out with the washing in the early stages as she occupied fifth place approaching the opening bend. However, making steady progress throughout, it was full steam ahead for Believer midway down the back and she stormed past her rivals to secure a three parts of a length success. The time was a swift 31.64 as Ballyea Scrutiny claimed second.
CAREER BEST FOR BRANDY
There was another off-the-pace performance in race seven as Millrose Brandy (Ballymac Matt - Laughil Linda) produced a career best display in landing an A2 contest.
Owned by Ger Cremin, Millrose Brandy was forced to play second fiddle to Puck Out in the early exchanges and it was the latter who dictated the pace for the majority of the contest. However, staying on best of all in the second half of the race, Millrose Brandy upped the ante in the run for home and he was two and a half lengths better off at the winning line. The time was 28.95.
WELCOME WIN FOR PAGE
The other notable run on the night came in race ten as Turn The Page (Droopys Buick - Flandys Hawkeye) led from traprise to record a second career win.
Turn The Page is a former 28.82 winner around Limerick but having found wins hard to come by since, Tom Flanagan’s charge got back to winning ways from trap four. Trapping best of all, Turn The Page opened a healthy advantage early on and he maintained a decent gallop all the way to the line. One and a half lengths clear of the fast finishing Hanover Power in second, the time was 29.01.