The first round of the €1,400 to the winner, ‘Bumblebee Kyne A2/A3 550’ took centre stage at Galway last night and despite the best efforts of Storm Jorge, Bumblebee Daitni and Springwood Mouse turned in two quality performances.
Bumblebee Daitni was first up in heat two and he went boxes a 6/4 favourite to land the spoils for owner, Paddy Burke. Not known for his flying starts, ‘Daitni’ was quickly into stride from a plumb draw on the rails and disputed the early lead with the improving, West Bank in trap three. However, scraping the paintwork around the opening corner, the Paul Burke trained, Bumblebee Daitni quickly put daylight between himself and West Bank as he stormed up the rails to take a commanding lead into the penultimate corner. Chasing a seventh career win, the stiff 550 yards wasn’t going to cause this fellow too many problems and the son of ‘Superior Product - Curious Thinking’ came into his own late on to pull clear up the home straight. Claiming an extending five and three parts of a length victory, the time, in difficult conditions, was a good 30.59.
In heat three, Springwell Mouse posted an identical time to Bumblebee Daitni as he made a winning start to his racing at Galway.
Chasing a fourth win in five starts, the consistent daughter of ‘Skywalker Puma - Springwell Watsy’ has an excellent strike-rate and going to traps the 5/4 favourite, an eleventh career victory was expected from the Galway attendance. Springwell Mouse was well away from trap four and despite being slightly outgunned by her more early paced rivals early on, Denis Hannon’s bitch tucked nicely in behind heading into the back straight. Some four lengths behind Cloneyogan Blaze heading into the penultimate corner, this race was far from over as Springwell Mouse began to make serious progress in second and she duly delivered a flying finish to get up in the shadows of the post. A three parts of a length winner, the time was 30.59 and there should be more to come from this bitch in the coming weeks.
TWO FROM THREE FOR FRENCH
In the opening heat of the night, French Deluxe made it two wins from her last three starts for her winning connection, Francine Jestin.
With the hare approaching, it was Caislean Roddick and Astro Abby who showed the early gears to contest the lead into the opening corner. French Deluxe meanwhile, was at the rear of the field rounding the opener but tracked expertly to tuck in behind and seal her position on the rails. The proved decisive for the daughter of ‘Vite Max - French In Black’ as she maintained her position on the rails and flew up the home straight to chin both Portumna Hero and Astro Abby, on the line. Recording a neck victory, the time was 30.73 for the 3/1 market chance.
WILLIAM LANDS RAFFERTY DECIDER
Elsewhere on the card, the final of the ‘Rafferty Family A4/A5 550’ was also up for grabs and with a first prize of €800, Sarahs William sealed the win.
Owned by Bill Pardy, Sarahs William was slowly away from trap three but benefited from some early traffic to claim third position around the opening corner. Rising Turbo showed the way down the back straight but the challengers were lining up approaching the penultimate turn with the lead changing hands on several occasions. However, Sarahs William was finishing best of all and the son of ‘Droopys Cain - Locnamon Sarah’ stormed home to claim a four length win. The time, after a messy affair, was 30.92 and Thanks are extended to the Rafferty Family for their sponsorship of the event.