Thursday night racing returned to Shelbourne Park last night and Francie Murray took the opportunity to unleash a potential superstar with Rannoch Moor posting a sensational fastest of the night 28.26 in the opening round of the Dublin Unraced ON2 525.
It was clear from the opening yards that Howard Wallace’s son of Taylors Sky and Leezie Lindsay was going fast as he raced away from some well bred rivals in the style of a greyhound with a big future.
He continued to pile on the pressure down the back straight and proceeded to hit the line nine lengths clear of Glory Kilara. The latter actually ran well in defeat, overcoming early traffic to take second. This was all about the winner, however.
Rannoch Moor won’t be two year of age until April and is clearly destined, given natural improvement, to dine at the top table in his chosen profession.
A ROANNA DOUBLE
To highlight the quality of the run, next fastest was Roanna Jodie in the opening heat as she clocked 29.08, in turn initiating a fine double for Adrian Maher and Robbie O’Neill.
After qualifying in 29.33, Roanna Jodie quickly hit the front and built a clear advantage before containing the late charge of both Auxerre and Blanemore Diva by a length and three parts of a length.
Roanna Charlie, a litter brother to Roanna Jodie, later completed the Maher/ O’Neill double in Heat 3. Lolos Roger led for much of the way but Roanna Charlie got first run at that rival and forced his way to the front on the fence at the third turn. Once doing so he stayed on well to hold the strong running Martinstown Jet by three and a half lengths in 29.19.
CAMS RIDE A BUMP TO SCORE
The final heat went to Ballymac Cams.
Despite taking a hefty bump on the turn, Sonia Butler’s daughter of Ballymac Best and Ballymac Cameo was left clear into the back straight and she cruised home eight lengths clear of Badminton Conor in 29.27.