SPIRIT UPSETS THE ODDS IN PETER MAGNONE SEMI FINALS

SPIRIT UPSETS THE ODDS IN PETER MAGNONE SEMI FINALS

Peter Farrell

The two semi finals of the Peter Magnone Memorial A4 525 featured on last nights Limerick card and it was More Spirit who upset the odds to post the quickest clock of the two semis.

It was Sporry Anna who went to traps the odds-on favourite at 4/5 but after not breaking as fluently as in her most recent start, she found herself with plenty of work on her plate rounding the opening turn. In contrast, it was Ann O’Donnell’s More Spirit who was first to show from trap four and the heavyweight son of Mall Brandy - Bell Walk set upon making every post a winner. Trained by Sean De Burca, More Spirit set a strong gallop throughout and despite the powerful Yanky Matt representing a constant threat throughout, More Spirit held firm to seal a half length victory. Yanky Matt booked his ticket into next week’s final in second, while Sporry Anna was nine and a half lengths further back in third. The time was a good 29.07 with More Spirit returning an 11/4 market chance.

DANNOS LEAVES IT LATE

The second semi final saw Dannos Diamond make it back to back wins for Colm O’Connell.

Straight Talking got off to a flier from trap three and Leo Kelly’s charge, a 15/2 shot in the market, opened a three length lead heading into the back straight from Dannos Diamond in second. Setting a smart gallop down the back, Straight Talking was showing no signs of any let up as both Dannos Diamond and Castleivy Sid gave chase in behind. However, Dannos Diamond was gearing up for a challenge off the final turn and the son of Ballymac Vic - Zari Frankie finished at speed to chin the leader on the line. A neck separating the duo, the time for the 9/4 market leader was 29.33 as Castleivy Sid took the third qualifying position back in third.