Out of luck in recent weeks, Thunder Blue bounced back to winning ways when taking Youghal's seventh on Monday night.
Backed from 11-8 into even-money, the strong market support was justified with an impressive winning performance. Brave at the opening bend, the Kevin McLean trained runner just had enough early pace to slip around in front. Soon clear, the son of Droopys Sydney was winning for the ninth time. Witches Sydney did stay on well for second, but she was still two and a half lengths adrift of the winner, in a top-class, 28.89.
DARCY COMES OUT ON TOP
Race eight, an A2, produced a very exciting finish with Canvas Darcy just getting the verdict over Slaneyside Fern who was powering home along the outside of the track.
Railing well around the opening turns, Jerry Kelleher's runner was always just doing enough in front. In a tight finish, the 7-2 shot held on to beat the well-backed favourite. A short head the margin, in 29.22.
IN OTHER RACES
Witches Dallas made a winning return to racing action in the closing A3 contest. A strong stayer, she found herself in front early, but she was forced to pull out all the stops to deny the gallant Dee Gee Chris, by a length and a half, in 29.22, for trainer Liam Twomey.
Ballyduff trainer Fechin Mullen was on double form. In the fourth, an A5, Stunning Sparky took up the running and at the opening corner and the 6-1 outsider kept finding in front. At the line, he was three and a half lengths clear of Ballyegan Max, in 29.61.
The double was completed in the following race, an A6, as Blitzn Rebel won the early lead and from there, it was plain sailing. Sent off the 7-1 outsider of the party, he pulled clear to win easily, in 29.64.
In the tenth of the night, Slaneyside Pogo (9-4) tracked beautifully around the opening turns before powering home to win the A2, in 29.20, for Derek Kehoe.