BALLYBOUGH CHAMP (6-4) ran out a most deserving winner of the €4,500 Deadly Kennels Open 750 final at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.
The 6-4 second choice of the punters came away well from trap five and the Murt Leahy-trained runner was in pole position early on.
Owned by Pat Carroll, the impressive winner came into the final unbeaten and he had to dig deep throughout as favourite Magical Poppy was showing a lot of pace after getting away to a poor start. Ballybough Champ stayed on strongly throughout and he crossed the winning line with a length and a half to spare over Magical Poppy, in 41.76. Almighty Paddy kept on best for third, two lengths behind the runner-up.
A massive thanks to Garry Hannon for sponsoring this great event.
IN OTHER RACES
In the seventh of the night, Courtmac Duffy caught the eye when scoring in 28.28 for trainer Johnny Linehan and owners the Billy-John-Jack-Syndicate.
Showing massive back straight pace to lead, the 2-1 shot galloped strongly to the line to win, in a very fast, 28.28. (A1)
Mulcair Jet recorded back to back winning performances in the closing race for Pat Mcnamara. Applying front running tactics to great effect, the 3-1 winner was always in cruise control as he clocked a fantastic 29.66 in the A1 550.
Ashgrove Moana delivered a career best performance in the fifth as the 6-4 favourite broke quickly and the Eimear Finn owned runner went on to make all the running in great style. Strong throughout, the 6-4 favourite stopped the clock in 28.39.