Ian Fortune

It may have been a low key affair at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday but there were a couple of very notable runs, none more so than that of Portloman Flash as he posted a rapid 28.29.

John Donnelly’s son of Lenson Panda and Fork Lightning had impressed on debut at Mullingar in July before suffering a couple of defeats at HQ.

He returned to wining ways in emphatic fashion. Holding a narrow lead from the turn, he began to turn the screw as they hit the third turn before powering right away up the home straight. By the line he was eight and a half lengths clear and was still striding out majestically. It’s hard to know where he will end up but it will be exciting to see him in action over further in the future.


There was plenty to like about the display of Winetavern Larry as he made a winning debut in the second race, in turn handing Skywalker Tuco a first winner at Shelbourne Part as a sire.

The Francie Murray trained youngster, who is just the third runner for Skywalker Tuco, was always in charge as he flashed from traps to make all.

A son of top class bitch Skywalker Alice, the March ’19 whelp dominated before emerging a six length winner in a fast 28.52.


There is simply no stopping Liam O’Rourke at present and he added another hattrick to his tally with Southside Bandit, Ballymac Dior and Montauk.

Southside Bandit looked a promising sort in the opener, when coming home well to collar long-time leader Cosimo Salah to lead late in 28.94.

Ballymac Dior won in a far more straightforward manner. A half sister to Ballymac Cooper, Riikka Huoman’s daughter of Vulturi and Ballymac Scala was never threatened after a fast start and she cruised to a comfortable two and a half length success in 28.76.

Montauk completed the treble for O’Rourke in the penultimate race when getting the better of Biko Raven after a protracted battle. At the line the pair were separated by a short head in 28.77.