NO STRANGER once again impressed around Curraheen Park on Saturday night. The Thomas O'Dononvan-trained runner was making it back to back wins at the Cork circuit.
Last heading into the opening corner, he soon made headway along the inside as Antigua Storm quickly shot clear. In the ownership of Pat Dalton and John Hutchison, No Stranger still had five lengths to make up on the leader as they approached the third corner. However, staying on powerfully, he was soon on terms and he pulled right away to win, by five lengths, in 31.42. (Open 575).
In front before the opening corner, Own Spice pulled out all the stops to deny Gaytime Milo, in the open 550, which came in race eight.
Trained by John Browne for owner Thomas O'Doherty, the in-form winner was making it four wins from her last six career outings. A fine performance to hold off the persistent challenge of Gaytime Milo, with just half a length the difference, in 29.98. (550).
SHORTEST OF MARGINS
In the previous race, also an open 550, Ballymac Wisdom scored for Liam Dowling. Kameko paced up along the inside to lead around the opening corners.
Both Ballymac Wisdom and Droopys Wyatt were chasing hard down the back straight. Railing tightly throughout, Ballymac Wisdom came through along the inside late on to lead, just getting the verdict over Kameko, by a short head, in 30.08.
The track was rated 0.20 slow.