LAURELS finalist Droopys Hamish returned to winning ways with a magnificent performance at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.
Trained by Johnny Linehan for owners the Kieran-Ryan-Syndicate, the powerful performer produced one of his best starts to soon lead. Once he slipped around in front, it was just a matter of how far. Showing plenty of pace up front, he cruised home to a four and a half-length success from recent winner, True Lady. A flying 28.45 winning performance.
Dustys Bandit, for the kennel of Philip Rhodes, returned to his very best form when taking the open sprint.
Flying into the opening corner, it was soon all one-way traffic upfront as he went on to score, in a fabulous, 17.48, four lengths clear of Cronody Tadhg.
TWOMEY ON DOUBLE FORM
Trainer Liam Twomey recorded a double in the opening round of the Curraheen Park A2 stake.
The opening heat going the way of Witches France, who was last heading into the opening corner but getting a dream run along the fence, he then took over at the head of affairs. Two lengths clear heading into the second last corner, he stayed on strongly to beat the running on Nowurmovin, by four and a half lengths, in 28.73.
The double was complete in the fourth and final heat when Witches Sydney came from well off the pace to land the spoils.
Near last heading into the opening and after taking a bump at the opening bend, she had plenty to do. Thistimetom was setting the early pace with Simply Clever just in behind. The winner had at least six lengths to make up heading down the far side but powering home, she came home a length and a half clear of Simply Clever, in 29.15.
Mohane Vicky delivered a classy performance to take the second heat with plenty to spare.
Cormac Davern's runner was quickest from traps, just making the corner in front, she then pulled clear down the far side. A six and a half-length success over Gilti Bonnie, in 28.78.
STRONG RUN FROM THE ROCKET
Killenaulerocket came out on top in heat three, for trainer, David Flanagan and owners, Jack-Russell-Syndicate.
Making eye-catching headway heading down the back straight, the winner slipped through along the inside to take up the running. From there, the outcome was never in doubt as she kept on gamely. At the line, she was two and a half lengths clear of Gringos Blake, in 29.10.