Ian Fortune

Monday’s action at Enniscorthy saw the introductions of some bright prospects in the opening round of the Whitewood Kennels ON2 Unraced Stake.

Not for the first time at the south eastern venue, George Roche was the man to follow as he recorded a fine double with litter comrades Ballymac Captain and Ballymac Velvet.

Ballymac Captain went fastest of the night, when emerging a comfortable winner of the second heat. The son of Ballymac Matt and Madabout Hannah was a 4-6 chance ahead of the off and he moved to the front in the early stages before going on to see off Maireads Brandy by two lengths in 29.16.

His sister Ballymac Velvet was an even easier winner, although she didn’t go as fast. Dominating throughout after a fast start, the November ’18 whelp eased clear to eventually cross the line five and a half lengths to the good in 29.52. Pinewood Dubh was second.

The round kicked off with an incredible heat where Travelin Man was a mile off the pace before being left in front at the third turn as the front three were involved in a major pile up. Travelin Man was really motoring at that point after early traffic problems but he couldn’t believe his luck with the leaders were stopped to a walk and he flew up the fence to go clear. Staying on well, John Kearney and Peter Davis’ son of Piercestown Sand went on to score by twelve lengths in 29.84. Metric Kafu emerged in second.

Karlow Mac came out on top in Heat 3. Second in the early stages, the son of Droopys Jet and Karlow Ming joined and headed the long-time leader Mild Sound at the third turn. From there he eased on to see off the same rival by four lengths in 29.52.

Larry Byrne’s Metric Roma was too strong for her rivals in Heat 5. Luminous Roberto set the pace for much of the way, but Metric Roma always had the leader in her sights. Staying on strongly, the daughter of Tarsna Havana and Metric Myra came through to score by a length and three quarters in 29.88.

The final heat of the round saw Blakeys Bullet provide the Bruiser Boys Syndicate with another winner on Irish soil. Despite meeting traffic problems in the early yards and being forced to check stride on more than one occasion, the son of Bruisers Bullet and Droopys Achieve still had the pace and power to come through in the second half of the contest to score.

Moving second before the third turn, Blakeys Bullet ran up the rear of the leader, Piercestown Kiwi at the third turn but quickly regathered momentum and really powered up the straight to take over and emerge a seven length winner in 29.92. Don’t be surprised if the winner goes considerably faster next week, while his future could lie over further.