Droopys Wyatt remains unbeaten over six bends after a dominant display at Kilkenny on Friday night as he set the standard in the opening round of the TP Weadick Open 725.
The remaining heats saw Be A Hero and Burnchurch Lad come home in front, while defeindg champion Ripley Lad also secured his passage to nest week’s second round.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for 2019 champion, Redzer Ardfert. In what was his comeback outing, the brilliant stayer found serious traffic and could only finish fifth.
Droopys Wyatt the standout performer, however. After a superb six bend debut at Shelbourne Park in his most recent outing, Eamon Ryan and Emmet Cronin’s son of Laughil Duke and Droopys Sylvia quickly made it two from two over extended trips.
Fastest into stride, the Robert Gleeson trained Droopys Wyatt was soon in control and he quickly put daylight between himself and the chasing Cardi Duke. Glenlara Rosa stayed on well after early traffic to grab second on the line but Droopys Wyatt was a mile clear and he took the verdict by eight and a half lengths in 40.95 (rated .10 slow). Cardi Duke was a head away in third.
HERO TOO STRONG
Be A Hero took the opening heat when coming through to lead before the fifth turn. Aayamza Dream attempted to follow him through the gap but it closed at the wrong time.
Trained by Mick English for the One-O-One Boys, Be A Hero was well off the pace in the early stages but so too was Aayamza Dream.
In contrast, Hello Vickie set a strong gallop out front but she was to run out of steam in the second half of the contest. Be A Hero, on the other hand, started to motor as they hit halfway and he shot up the inside of his rivals into the fifth turn to take over. Once doing so the son of Pat C Sabbath and Highview Jayne eased away to score by two and a half lengths in 41.38. Aayamza Dream also finished fast to take second with Sinfonia another four and a half lengths adrift in third.
JET PIPS LAD
Burnchurch Jet posted the same time as Be A Hero in the second heat, outstaying the defending champion Ripley Lad.
The latter led from the opening turn, avoiding Florican Velvet who hit the deck and badly hampered Redzer Ardfert.
Burnchurch Lad turned close, however, and always had the leader in his sights. Michael Cullen’s son of Droopys Jet and Blackstone Angie made his move in the closing stages, reeling in Ripley Lad to score by three parts of a lengths in 41.38. Minnies Kursk was a further three and a half length away in third.
T.P. WEADICK OPEN 725
Semi Final Draw
1 DROOPYS WYATT
2 GLENLARA ROSA
3 REDZER REGERA
5 MINNIES KURSK (M)
6 KEVINSFORT TIGER (W)
1 AAYAMZA DREAM
2 ROSSBEIGH JIM
3 BE A HERO
4 BURNCHURCH JET
5 CARDI DUKE (M)
6 RIPLEY LAD (W)