Opening round form counted for little in the second round of the Whitewood Kennels ON2 Unraced at Enniscorthy on Monday night with three of the four heats going to dogs that failed to win last week.
The Peter Cronin Waikiki Bullet set the standard with a 29.15 return but the manner of his victory suggested he will go far faster in the coming weeks.
Slowly into stride, the son of Kinloch Brae and former top-class racer Strong Of Pearls flew into the turn to race on the heels of the leader and hot favourite Ballymac Captain. At this point he had nowhere to go and was forced to check wide losing valuable ground.
Only third into the back straight, Waikiki Bullet displayed fine pace into the third turn to move second and started to gather in the leader. Flying up the home straight, Tomas Wall’s December ’18 whelp headed Ballymac Captain before crossing the line two lengths clear in 29.15.
MAC STAYS UNBEATEN
Next fastest was Karlow Mac in the final heat. In victory he became the only dog in the stake to maintain an unbeaten record.
The J-M-H Syndicate owned son of Droopys Jet and Karlow Ming disputed second into the turn and, staying wide, largely avoided a scrimmage to turn second to Piercestown Kiwi.
Once doing so he was always going to be too strong for the leader. Taking control into the third turn, he stayed on to contain the late and eye-catching challenge of Maireads Brandy in 29.16. Swithins Bullet took third.
DENNY TAKES FLIGHT
The opening heat saw Airplane Denny make every inch. Daniel Frayne’s son of Laughil Blake and Southest Suzie broke fastest from trap three and was never threatened once clearing the opening turn.
Ballymac Velvet did stay on well to grab second but Airplane Denny came home three and a half lengths clear in 29.21.
A SOUND EFFORT FROM MILD
The remaining heat was won by Mild Sound in very similar fashion. PJ Phelan’s son of Droopys Jet and Mild Stitch hit the ground running from trap four and was soon in control.
Running right to the line, Mild Sound came home two and three parts of a length clear of the staying on Kelseys Duke in 29.24.
A SHANKS DOUBLE
There were also few eye-catching displays on the undercard at Enniscorthy. Seamus ‘Shanks’ Whelan recorded a superb double highlighted by the brilliant run of Piercestown Dove in the A3 opener.
A good winner of her two previous starts, she made it three on the spin with a six-length demolition of her rivals in a rapid 28.64.
Piercestown Gift later finished fast to win the seventh race on the card, completing Whelan’s double. He hit the line three lengths to the good in 29.08.
Oisin and Donal Kehoe ended the night on a high, sending out Tomahurra Spike to post a career best 28.84.
Leading from the opening stride he really turned on the power from the third turn to come home nine lengths to the good.