Skylight Blake produced one of them real special performances in Youghal on Monday night.
Trained by Nicky Walsh for the Skylight-Syndicate, the son of Laughil Blake and Starcash Annie brought really strong form to the A1-A2 contest, but this was a sensational winning display.
The open class sprinter showed his usual massive early gears and he went around the opening corners in top clear. Powering into the third corner, he set a new sectional record, recording an unbelievable 15.44. The previous record was 15.53 set by Skylight Blake so that tells you how good this was.
Kerryroad Butch ran a cracker to close the winner down late on, but the winning performance was just beautiful to watch. Crossing the line, in 28.71, it was a magnificent display to win by three lengths.
Connections had earlier scored with Skylight Jet, with the well-supported 9-4 chance overcoming plenty of trouble in running to win the A5 event, in 29.89.
MAKE THAT 14 FOR WITCHES
The very classy Witches Phoenix brought her winning tally to fourteen with another magnificent display in race eight, an A0-A1.
Owned by Liam Twomey, Lisgoold, she was sent to traps as the 7-4 market leader. After railing well to turn third around the opening corners, she was always going to take plenty of holding. Dunbar Delta set a scorching early pace, but the powerful winner loomed large approaching the final corners. Staying on strongly, she beat Knockacrump Oz, by two lengths, in 29.02.
IN OTHER RACES
Shephard made the most of the rails pitch to take the tenth, an A2, for Pat Moloney, Garryvoe. The 6-4 market leader posting a fine 29.06 after taking control soon after the second bend. Three lengths back to Hollyhill Beller.
Called in from the reserves, Trumpers Dalo completed a hat trick of straight successes when taking the fourth, in a career-best time of 29.15. Owned by Shane Ronayne, Mallow, the 5-4 shot broke in front and he moved three clear of Dotty Lue to halfway. The impressive winner increased that lead to four at the winning line, a strong all-round performance to land the spoils.