Bows Hill Tiger took the headlines at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night, producing a superb display of front-running to capture the RCÉ Novice 750.
Andrew Weldon’s well-bred son of Sh Avatar and Dundrum Pearl was razor sharp at boxes, leading to the turn.
Clonmullen Gaga and Glencloy Spark gave chase from the start but Bows Hill Tiger always seemed to have their measure. Maintaining a relentless gallop throughout, the November ’18 whelp eased away on the run in to record a three lengths victory in 42.05. Glencloy Spark got the better of Clonmullen Gaga to take second spot.
There were a couple of superb displays towards the end of the card with Essentialservice standing out as the most impressive of these.
Trained by Orla Kelly for Ronan Buckley and Donal Stenson, the son of Sidarian Blaze and Droopys Fane was only third into the turn but displayed real pace and track craft to force his way to the front down the back straight. Once doing so the February whelp ran right away in the closing yards to post 28.60, seeing off Ronnies Flyer by five and a half lengths.
RODDICK RALLIES TO WIN FINALE
Racing ended with Kittys Roddick claiming a fifth career victory in fine style.
After a flying start, the Keith Powell trained daughter of Droopys Roddick and Marwood Brae set a strong gallop. She looked under serious pressure to the third turn, however, with Droopys Dude moving upsides and into the lead as they turned for home. Kittys Roddick dug deep and rallied to strike the front again in the closing yards. William Stacey’s charge took the honours by a neck in 28.74.