Ian Fortune

Tuesday’s card at Shelbourne Park provided some fascinating action as the second round of the Barking Buzz App A3 525 and the opening round of the Novice 750 threw up some fine performances.


It was pleasing to see the young stayers have their chance to shine and they didn’t disappoint with Brendan Matthews, in particular, sending out a wonderful double with Getawaywithit and Family Business while the remaining heat also featured a fine display from James O’Rourke’s Coolemore Buzz.

The opening heat was pretty much a procession for Getawaywithit as she raced clear into the turn before pulling further and further out of sight of her rivals. As a half sister to the brilliant stayer Towcester Story, it was no surprise to see the daughter of Droopys Cain and Precious Story see out the trip but she could scarcely have been more impressive as she ran right through the winning line, eighteen and a half lengths clear of her nearest challenger, Zaconey Anna.

She stopped the clock in a useful 42.14, but seems certain to go faster in warmer conditions in the future and is clearly a young stayer to watch in the future.


The Matthews double came in the final heat as Family Business came home fastest to take control in the latter stages.

Another with the pedigree to be a very useful stayer, the daughter of Droopys Jet and the brilliant Volcano, Family Business sat in third for much of the way behind Renasup Rita and Da Vinci Bella.

Never far off the pace, Family Business started to motor as they hit halfway down the back straight. Shooting up the fence at the fifth turn, she took over from Renasup Rita before pulling clear for a six length victory in 42.42. Have no doubt this lady stays every inch of the trip and, much like her dam, may go even further in the future.


Not to be outdone Coolemore Buzz also looked a stayer of some potential in the second heat.

Last into stride, the daughter of Sh Avatar and Killinan Reina stayed wide of her rivals to move fourth as they entered the home straight for the first time.

James O’Rourke’s May ‘19 whelp then flew up the straight to move second behind Ballygloss Mel and always looked a likely winner once doing so. Moving with real purpose down the back straight, Coolemore Buzz hit the front as they approached the fifth bend before easing right away to win by five and a half lengths in 42.34.

It was wonderful to see the youngsters getting their chance to shine over six bends and by all accounts, all three heats winners could develop into very talented stayers with all three boasting plenty of stamina reserves. They are certainly a group to keep an eye in the coming months.       


Olympic Hawk set the standard in the second round of the Barking Buzz App A3.

Shady Gigi set a strong gallop in the early yards but was headed by the eye-catching No Backstop into the third turn. He couldn’t contain the strong running Olympic Hawk, however.

Trained by Sean Devlin for Tony and Lorraine Howard, Olympic Hawk came from off the pace, charging to the front before the third turn to record a three length victory over No Backstop in 28.87.

Fast Fit Paddy went fractionally slower in the final heat when winning well for John Quinn and Declan McDonagh. The son of Ballymac Vic and Rosmult Martha actually led into the turn but was bumped on the turn. He soon found himself back in front, however.

Staying close to the fence, he moved past Badminton Brian as they entered the back straight and then stayed on strongly to score by seven lengths from Badminton Brian in 28.92.

The opening heat saw Ollie Bray’s Knight Hurricane (Laughil Blake/ Royal Highflyer) take charge in the early yards before going on to beat Ballymac Raven in 29.08.

The second heat went to Amelia Waters’ Perrys Luckypick (Pat C Sabbath/ Mays Bonus) as he narrowly saw off the renewed challenge of Lord Rusty by the minimum margin. The Murt Leahy trained Perrys luckypick took over from Lord Rusty on the opening bend and went clear doiwn the back before holding on in 29.13.