Barry Drake

Liam Twomey and Pat Moloney both recorded a double on last night’s card in Youghal, the former starting off with Witches Louisa in race two. 

She showed fine early pace to take control and that proved key as she held the late dash of the favourite, Mias Sister, by half a length, in 29.78.

Witches Beijing did it the opposite way when completing the double in the A4. The power-packed bitch flew through the field to lead off the final bend before sprinting clear to win the A4 in 29.51.

Moloney’s first winner was the improving Alarm, who secure a fourth win from 11 starts. He turned second behind Slaneyside Maisy, took over at the third turn, and stayed on nicely to beat that rival by a length and a half in 29.18.

Side Tracked brought up the double when taking the A3 in fine style. He wasn’t the quickest from traps but showed his customary early dash to lead at the turn. Marlfield Best emerged as a danger but Side Tracked found plenty to score by a length and a half in 29.49.

Rollaway Bob is back on top form and John O’Connell’s dog recorded the 14th win of his career and fourth in the last couple of months when coming from behind to take the third race, an A3, in 29.67.

Mescal Cathy brought her career tally into double figures with a trap-to-line victory in the fifth race, an A4. Johnny Hickey’s veteran bitch showed she retains plenty of her ability as she scored in 29.56.

Conna Kingsroad brought her tally to 14 wins with a plucky effort in the A6. Matty Noonan’s bitch, a winner last week, led around but had to be at her most determined to stave off Tobereen View by a short head, in 29.96.

Burgess Maestro extended his perfect record to four by taking the mini-open/A1 for Julia O’Neill. The youngster missed the kick but showed pace to challenge at the first turn, from where he went on. Soon clear, he stayed on pluckily to deny Canvas Pip by a length in 29.24.

Watch Out Dan brought his tally into double figures with a fine display in the 11th race. Winning the early battle with Dunbar Delta was crucial and, after doing so, he ran on well to win in 29.46.

The opening race, a novice event, looked hot on paper and the winner, the Tadhg O’Loughlin-trained Dower Sydney, is clearly quite a prospect as he overcame early bumping to win in 29.43.