Peter Farrell

The second round heats of the Paul McKenna Memorial 575 featured on last night’s Galway card and much like the opening round, Kiss An Angel dominated proceedings as she blew her rivals away in sensational style.

Owned by the Mullins-Curtin syndicate, Kiss An Angel was by far the standout performer of the opening round as she posted a rapid 31.68 but that was mere taster of things to come with the talented brindle stepping it up a notch in emphatic fashion last night. Running in the opening heat of the night, Kiss An Angel was headed early on from trap four as Cloondarone Lady showed fine early dash in the opening yards. However, the inside line was a crucial factor and Kiss An Angel soon took control rounding the opening corner to begin her pursuit of back-to-back wins. Opening up an unassailable advantage within a matter of strides, this race was firmly put to bed as the daughter of Sparta Maestro - Blundel Spark went into overdrive entering the final one hundred yards and it was a case of how far with the winning line now in sight. Storming up the home straight, the distance was twelve lengths at the line, with Cloondarone Lady the closest follower, back in second. The time, once again, was a sensational 31.48.


The second heat was landed by another opening round heat winner in Port West Salmon. Owned by Sean Hackett and trained by TJ Tynan. Slowly into stride wearing the white jacket, Port West Salmon showe brilliant determination at the opening corner to slip around in second behind Whitelaced Boots. From here, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Trout or Salmon took off down the back straight to take control at the crown of the penultimate turn. Once clear, Port West Salmon went about her business in good style, crossing the line three and a half lengths clear of Kilcormack Molly in second. The time was 32.26.

Heat three saw another opening round winner in Flyers Bob extend her unbeaten run to three wins on the spin. Owned by Colm Fitzgerald and Cathal Meaney, it was the reserve Merciful Grace who led for large parts of this contest but Flyers Bob was making eye-catching progress midway down the back straight. Swooping to the front between the bottom two bends, Flyers Bob now had daylight and the daughter of Secreto - Confey Eye quickly extended her advantage to cross the line seven lengths clear of Merciful Grace in second. The time was 31.92.

The final heat of the night was claimed by Rosshill Holly (Ballymac Vic - Leamaneigh Lisa) for owner Thomas Connor. Well away from trap one, Rosshill Holly was headed early on by Knockalton Emily but took over upon entrance to back straight. Holding all the aces midway down the back, it looked like a routine victory was on the cards for Connor’s charge despite the efforts of Dreenan Bobby, who was beginning to motor in behind and making rapid progress with fifty yards remaining. However, Rosshill Holly kept on well to cross the line three parts of a length clear of Dreenan Bobby in second. The time was 32.38.


The fastest return over the standard trip last night came in the shape of Rathmeehan May for her joint owners, John Collins and John Browne.

An ultra consistent daughter of Romeo Recruit - Rathmeehan Holly, Rathmeehan May is now in her fifth year but is still producing outstanding performances on a regular basis. Chasing a hat-trick of wins last night, Rathmeehan May came away running from trap one and took a narrow lead from Killanin Sky in second as they rounded the opening corner. Stepping it up a gear at this point however, the evergreen tracker soon galloped into a four length advantage and she held that lead all the way to the winning line. Recording an unbelievable fifteenth career win, with another fourteen second place finishes added in for good measure, the time was a slick 28.94 and based on her current form, Rathmeehan May will be adding to that sooner rather than later.