FIFTY BREAKS OWN RECORD IN FAIR WARRIOR

Ian Fortune

Just a week after breaking the long standing 400y record at Mullingar in the opening round of the Fair Warrior Sprint, Denis Crowley’s Fiftycashback lowered his own mark in Saturday’s second round as the Fraser Black trained star again displayed awesome pace to emerge a superb winner.

Despite taking a slight bump in the early yards, Fiftycashback (Laughil Blake/ Ravenswood Emily) had the pace to lead Toolmaker Paddy before the turn. Once doing so he maintained a huge gallop to the line to eventually cross the line three lengths clear of a gallant Toolmaker Paddy in 21.06. In doing so he took a further .04sec off his own track record.

XTRA IMPRESSES

Next fastest was Galtee Xtra as he returned to winning ways in the final heat.

Owned by Leonard O’Hanlon and Robert Ayres, the son of Droopys Jet and Ballymac Galtee made every inch to contain the late charge of Farranrory Megan by a half length in 21.27.

A TIGHT AFFAIR GOES TO GROUND

Denise Ryan’s veteran performer Gone To Ground emerged the narrowest of winners in the opening heat where three runners could scarcely be separated in the final fifty yards.

Financial Giant and Blame The Game went up fastest with Gone To Ground on their heels and he joined the front two on the run for the line.

The trio raced side by side as they approached the line with Gone To Ground leading for the first time on the winning line to score by a short head from Financial Giant in 21.61. Blame The Game was just a half length adrift in third.    

KILLART HOLDS ON UP THE LANE

The second heat was a messy affair with Thomas Gonoud’s Killart Lane coming out on top.

The son of Ballymac Vic and Glenlee moved to the front between the opening two bends as the front two, Double Time and Olympic Dollar clashed.

Killart Lane was also clipped from behind but continued to dictate before going on to hold a renewed effort from Double Time by a length and a half in 21.85.