Barry Drake

Twitterstorm was the undoubted star on Monday night’s card in Youghal as he posted a facile success in the mini-open race.

Trained by Mark Drinan for Ronan Barry, the strong runner turned close this time and the writing was on the wall. In front by halfway, he stretched out well to beat Slaneyside Shep by six lengths in a brilliant 28.90 on a testing track.


Dunbar Delta bounced back to winning ways in the A4.

Trained by Kevin McLean for the local Woolf Tones Syndicate, he led along the inside at the first turn, moved a couple clear down the back, and held the late rush of Speedy Diamond in 29.62.


Hollyhill Lolo was called up from the subs’ bench for the A3 and made the opportunity count. Caoimhe Gubbins’ bitch didn’t have the clearest of runs but showed great determination to get up late for a narrow success, in 29.76.

Experienced tracker Knockglass Oscar brought his tally to 18 with a smashing display in the A2. Martin Murphy’s dog was in front early, passed leaving the back, but battled back bravely to deny Curragh Sky by half a length, in 29.61.

Thomas Mansfield’s Murleys Reel produced a customary strong finish to take the night’s second A4. Oldstager Beatbytheboro gave it a real go from the front but was unable to resist the winner’s late charge, which resulted in a two-length win in 29.57.

There was a thrilling finish to the A2 in which Witches New York prevailed to notch a seventh career success. Edel Twomey’s dog moved into third place down the back and produced a sustained effort to get up in the shadow of the post for a 29.73 success.

The Twomey family later completed a double when Witches Alaska also left it late before prevailing in the A4. Jovial Dash set a strong gallop but succumbed to the late power of the winner, who stopped the clock in 29.65.