BRETON AVRIL THE STANDOUT PERFORMER IN THE CORK CUP

Barry Drake

Breton Avril, trained by James O'Regan for Richard Garnham, produced the performance of the night in Curraheen Park on Saturday night. 

After overcoming early crowding to win in the opening round, this was much more straightforward as the classy sort came away smartly and went on to make all the running.

Wink Woosh was alongside on the outside heading into the opening corners but the winner took control heading down the back straight. Showing serious pace upfront, Breton Avril maintained a strong gallop all the way home and at the line, he was two lengths clear of Wink Woosh, who himself ran a fine race. The winning time a quick 28.36. Rockybay Rusty stayed on for third, three and a half lengths behind the runner-up. 

EXPLODED FROM TRAPS

In the opening heat, Gortkelly Nestor exploded from traps and Andrew Murray's runner went on to make all the running in superb style.

It's never easy from the wide outside, but once he slipped around the opening turns in front, he really opened up. With smart Kilkenny form in the book, it was no surprise to see him win easily, in 28.51. Triangle Ricardo was five lengths back in second, with a further length and a half back to Tilly Blue in third. 

STRONG RUNNING WINNER IN FRONT EARLY

It was all one-way traffic in third heat as Churchtown Bucks, trained by Denis Fitzgerald for Mick Crotty hit the ground running and sailed around the opening corners in front.

Kicking clear down the back straight, the race was soon over as a contest. There was crowding in behind at the opening bend, but it made little difference as the winner was firmly in control. Dualla Prince got second, eight lengths back, with three-quarters of a length back to Ballinabola Bolt, in 28.53. 

SMART WINNING RUN

The fourth and final heat went the way of Coolavanny Bundi, who is trained by Mark O'Donovan for M.A.Bandurak.

Flying from traps to lead, it all changed soon after the opening corner as Mohane Rosa took over. In a great battle to the third corner, Coolavanny Bundi showed great courage to take up the running once more. Finishing the stronger, the winner came home seven lengths clear of Mohane Gent, in 28.71, with a length and a half back to Ballyhimikin News back in third. 

IN OTHER RACES

In race 11, an A1, Clona Skye impressed when winning for trainer Graham Holland and owner Kevin O'Brien. Showing impressive early gears, the February puppy caught the eye with a stunning 28.41 winning performance. 

Race three was over the hurdles with Rorys Saab running out a very convincing winner for Brendan Kenny. That's four straight wins now and a winning debut over the hurdles, a smart 29.05 winning run.  

Race four was a D3 700-yard race and Mydras Dawn ran out a wide-margin winner for Moira Costigan. In front before the opening corner, he went about three in front to wining line for the first time. Moving clear from the turns for home, it went down as an excellent display, winning a really smart, 41.83. (750).