MINT AND BILIBONG GO FAST AT SHELBOURNE

MINT AND BILIBONG GO FAST AT SHELBOURNE

Ian Fortune

There were some eye-catching displays at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night.

The track was once again in immaculate condition and the series of runs from start to finish highlighted the fact.

Honour of going fastest was shared by promising trackers Tullymurry Mint and Strides Bilibong as both posted a rapid 28.42. In victory, Tullymurry Mint was bringing his tally to two wins from two starts following an impressive 21.28 victory around Dundalk on debut.

Trained by Damien Maginn for Eamon Maginn, the son of Ballymac Eske and Badminton Baby shot from the outside box and never saw a rival. Opening up a clear advantage down the back straight, he eventually cruised home seven lengths to the good over Rallying Knight.

BILIBONG DOMINATES

Alan Brazier’s Strides Bilibong set the standard in the second round of the igb.ie A3 525.

Flashing from trap two in the opening heat, the Sharon Hunt trained son of Jaytee Jet and Farranrory Fay was dominant, eventually racing to a seven and a half length victory over Paradise Ava in 28.42.

AVA TOO STRONG

Blackstone Ava was too strong for her rivals in the second heat.

Thomas Hasson’s son of Droopys Roddick and Mysterious Ways was second into the turn but took a bump before entering the back straight in third.

Monroe Scelig set the pace but was flanked at the third turn by Blackstone Alva and Lodgefield Diva. The latter was forced to check on the inside of the track and Blackstone Alva shot to the front before easing away to beat Tyrap Fergage by three and a half lengths in 28.73.

RANGER DIGS DEEP

The final heat saw Pat Devaney’s Darbys Ranger (Superior Product/ Hidden Bud) getting the better of Gortkelly Nestor after a protracted battle.

The pair raced side by side into the turn and little separated them throughout. Gortkelly Nestor hit the front before the final turn but Darbys Ranger came again to lead late for a head verdict in 28.81.

CUT AND RUN

Elsewhere on the card Noeline Bray’s Cut And Run posted a fast 28.44 in the penultimate race.

Left with room to race on the outside of the track, he struck the front before the turn and proceeded to make every inch. The Ollie Bray trained son of Skywalker Puma and Royal Mission took the verdict by seven lengths from Abbeyville Oscar.

ICON LOOKS A NICE TYPE

Brendan Matthews introduced a nice puppy in the second race on the card with Imperial Icon making every inch to score in 28.73.

A son of Good News and Toms Delight, there was plenty to like about the January ’19 whelp as he raced to a three length verdict over another nice type in the form of Reckless Lucy.

FINE RUN FROM GIANT

Racing opened with Financial Giant producing a career best effort for Beatrice Steiner.

The son of Azza Azza Azza and Dollar Dolly displayed fine early speed to race clear and, despite coming back to his rivals in the closing yards, held on to win by a length and a half in 28.77.