WONDERFUL BERMUDA

WONDERFUL BERMUDA

Ian Fortune

The opening round of the Barking Buzz App A3 525 produced some superb racing at Shelbourne Park on Friday night with all four heats winners going well under the 29 second mark including the pace-setter Dromdoit Bermuda.

The powerful son of Laughil Blake and Our Pebbles turned close behind Ballydoyle Buzz and moved upsides to challenge around the last two bends. Owned jointly by Rebeccca Porter aand Alan Byrne, the fluent moved struck the front off the final turn to beat the long-time leader by a length and a half in 28.61.

Leonard Kinsella’s Knight Prince was next fastest in Heat 3. The Ollie Bray trained son of Kinloch Brae and Royal Highflyer hit the front early, just clearing the turn before going on to score by three lengths from Boreenmanna Hero in 28.68.

Milk Lady maintained her unbeaten record with a fine effort in Heat 2. Reeling in Milford Blake approaching the third turn, Francis Murray’s daughter of Head Bound and Milk Wood stretched right away in the closing stages to beat Olympic Sparrow by six and a half lengths in 28.76.

The final heat of the round saw Realt Rabach double his tally for Micheal and Aonghus O’Muircheartaigh. The Neilus O’Connell trained son of Razldazl Billy and Razldazl Marilyn chased Galtee Xtra into the back straight before forcing his way to the front around the last two bends. From there he eased away to beat Kilara Loch by five length in 28.73. 

ADVICE FASTEST

Later in the evening, Tony and Brian Walsh’s Pats Advice (Aero Majestic/ Skymas) went fastest in the heats of the Deal of the Month A2 525.

Taking over from Razldazl John at the third turn before going on to record a fine victory. At the line the Sean Devlin trained Pats Advice had four lengths to spare over Razldazl John in 28.63.

Ravenswood Jols returned to her superb pre-Christmas form, dominating from the start in the third heat for Gerry Barber. The daughter of Laughil Blake and Ravenswood Emily shot clear in the early yards and was never under any serious pressure as she cruised to a five length verdict over Not For Parting in 28.74.

A HAMILTON DOUBLE

Flag Raised won the other heat, in turn initiating a wonderful double for Anthony Hamilton.

The daughter of Laughil Blake and Tyrur Dicky took charge on the turn and was never headed. She proceeded to contain the persistent Biko Raven by a length and a half in 29.00.

Just half an hour later Lightfoot Faye completed the Hamilton double when showing real determination and strength to see off the strong challenge of both Beechview Elsie and Highview Leaf in the finale. Lightfoot Kaye was always to the fore, but was briefly headed into the third turn. She wasn’t to be denied, however, and stuck on grimly to lead again on the run in to record a second win on the bounce by a length and a half in 29.03.

A LODGEFIELD BRACE

Earlier on the card there was a “Lodgefield” double with Lodgefield Nala and Lodgefield Suna winning the first two races on the card.

Jennifer and David Traynor’s Lodgefield Nala (Superior Product/ Lodgefield Snap) was always close to the pace in the opener before leading from the final turn for a two length victory over Abbeyville Sean in 29.19.

Fifteen minutes later Logdefield Suna (Paradise Madison/ Lodgefield Choc) completed the double getting up in the final stride to deny long time leader Lady Biko by a short head in 29.11.