DORIS DELIVERS IN LIAM BRUSSELS DECIDER AT GALWAY

DORIS DELIVERS IN LIAM BRUSSELS DECIDER AT GALWAY

Peter Farrell

Peter Farrell

The final of the €1,400 to the winner Liam Brussels Memorial 525 was the highlight on last night’s Galway card and it was Croaghill Doris who landed the spoils for Patrick and John McDonagh.

Heading into the decider, Concrete Man was the warm favourite as he bid to maintain his unbeaten record in the stake but after leading for the majority of the contest, he was unable to fend off the fast-finishing Croaghill Doris. Breaking smartly from trap four, it was Concrete Man who, despite drifting wide on the run-up, took charge and opened a clear lead heading into the back. Sitting four lengths adrift in second at this point, Croaghill Doris was making steady improvement as she was shifting through the gears nicely approaching the bottom two bends. In full flight with fifty yards remaining, Croaghill Doris, a daughter of Pat C Sabbath and Air Support, finished with a flurry to storm past Concrete Man and cross the line a length clear to land the spoils. The time was a smart 29.11 .20s and victory in the feature was to cap off a brilliant night for connections as they also sent out Croaghill Linda to win race five. Running out an eight and a half length winner, she posted a smart 29.11 .20s.

EXCEPTIONAL MAGS

Aside from the decider, there was a real eye-catching performance in the AO/A1 525 contest as Grangeview Mags posted a stunning 28.69 .20s

Owned by Michael Hogan, the October 18’ whelp was without a win since September but it was a performance worth waiting for as she blitzed a good class field to win in style. Running from trap four, Grangeview Mags meant business from the off as she blew the lids down to take a commanding lead over Dixie into the opening corner. From here, it was a routine night’s work for the daughter of Droopys Jet and Blastoff Khalesi as she crossed the line three and a half lengths clear of Dixie in second. The time, as mentioned, was an exceptional 28.69 .20s, a huge effort from Hogan’s charge.

IN OTHER RACES

In race four, Blacklabel Ger ran to a fine victory for joint owners James and Niall Egan. Running in a 550-yard contest, the fawn daughter of Ballymac Best and Killinan Baby took control at the opening corner and she set a good gallop throughout to come home three and a half lengths clear of Flyaway Home in second. The time was a slick 30.20 .20s.

In race eight, Crokers Princess (Pat C Sabbath - Killeen Princess) made every yard of the running to score for John Croker. Only a March 20’ whelp, Crokers Princess broke well wearing the blue jacket and from there, she made every post a winner to come home a length and three parts better off than Blakemount Lotto in second. The time was 29.06 .20s.

In the final race of the evening, Rallying Knight produced a masterclass of front-running for Paul Conlon as he sealed a seventh career win. Now classed as a veteran tracker, the son of Kinloch Brae and Sheer Classic clearly maintains plenty of ability as he bolted from trap five to make-all. Crossing the line seven and a half lengths clear of nearest rival, Flyers Iniesta, in second. The time was a rapid 30.18 .20s for the 550-yard trip.