Local trainer Michael O’Sullivan enjoyed a fine double on Monday night, both of his runners making dramatic late runs to get on top.
The first leg came in the opener in which Glavin Mick, a September pup, got off the mark at the second time of asking when leading late to win in 29.57.
And it was even more dramatic for the second leg of the double as that one’s litter sister, Glavin El, put her nose in front on the line to take the A6 from long-time leader Darraghs Jet, in 29.36.
Multiple winners are not uncommon for Derek Kehoe, and he added three more to his burgeoning tally, though he had to share the spoils with one of them.
After a couple of recent runner-up finishes, Slaneyside O Dea got due reward when winning the first A4. He had to be at his most determined to edge out long-time leader Giacometti by a neck, in 29.56.
Slaneyside Mcduf took the A3 in great style. After avoiding crowding at the first turn, he quickly moved clear and raced right away to win readily, in 29.32.
Kehoe’s treble came in the night’s feature, the mini-open/A1, in which the judge could not separate his Slaneyside Fern and Joe Crotty’s fast-finishing Mega Jill, who broke the line together in 29.37.
ALL THE WAY
The early pace of Skylight Max never fails to impress, and the Nicholas Walsh-trained runner used his best asset to great effect to lead all the way in the A2.
Unrelenting to the line, he secured a sixth success with this 29.14 run.
Walsh doubled up when Seaview Lexi made the most of the drop in grade in the A3. A flying break had her clear early and, while passed at the third turn, she stayed on again to go clear in 29.22.
The terrifically game Baunfaun Rodney brought his tally to eight wins in 16 outings by taking the A2 for Henning Olesen.
In a thrilling finish with fellow last-time-out winner Witches Sydney, he earned victory by the bob of a head, in 29.27.
In the night’s second A4, the fast-finishing Stunning Pepper.
Trained by Fechin Mullen, used her customary late dash to best effect to grab glory from Canvas Pip, in 29.34.