Limerick hosted a twelve race meeting last night and there were a number of very nice performances, none more so than Meduza in the concluding race of the night.
Jointly owned by John Meelam and Sean Ryan, Meduza (Good News - Jaytee Osprey) has always been a smart type and if you look through her card, she has a host of smashing runs to her name. Trained by John Byrne, Meduza was stepping down in grade last night to contest the A1/A2 525 in race twelve and she proved a cut above the rest with a trap-to-line display. Quickly into stride from trap four, Meduza soon cut to the rails and took a three length lead into the back straight. Extending her advantage at this point, Scarty Yank emerged as the biggest threat, although still five lengths adrift heading into the bottom two corners. The latter did make solid progress in the final fifty yards but the bird had already flown and Meduza comfortably crossed the line two and a half lengths clear of Scarty Yank in second. The time was a very slick 28.62.
The second race on the card was a novice event which was landed in brilliant fashion by the Stuart Welford owned Palatine Oscar.
A dark brindle son of Droopys Sydney - Palatine Diva, Palatine Oscar had qualified in smartly prior to his first start last night and he was swiftly into stride wearing the red jacket. Showing terrific early dash on the rail, Palatine Oscar, trained by John O’Sullivan, stretched clear into the back straight and it was evident that he was never going to be under any threat. Staying on strongly in the closing stages, Palatine Oscar soared across the line to win by over four lengths from Jumeirah Zara in second. The time was a fine, 28.90.
IN OTHER RACES
Firestorm Xena was chasing three wins on the spin in race three which was a 350-yard contest and she sealed victory with ease for owner Donncha McNamara. Building up a nice strike rate, Firestorm Xena came away well from trap one and outpaced her faster-starting rivals to lead into the opening corner. From here, it was a straightforward night’s work for this consistent sort as she crossed the line two lengths clear. The time was 19.15.
There was another nice display in race five, an A5/A6 525 event, as Ocean Hugo recorded a first win since landing a debut success back in October. Owned by Tom Fitzgerald, Ocean Hugo broke smartly from trap four but it was his determination at the opening corner which ultimately, sealed victory for the son of Laughil Blake - Ocean Olive. Swooping the opening turn, Ocean Hugo dominated his rivals thereafter and he crossed the line over seven lengths clear to stop the clock in a good, 29.01.
The 29-second barrier was breached in race seven which was the Talking Dogs A4/A5 525 and it was Ducking & Diving syndicate-owned Double Pay (Laughil Blake - Beeves Rock) who emerged victorious. Seeking a first career win, the July 19’ youngster was quickly into stride from trap five and he didnt break stride as he swooped the opening bend clear. Holding a three length lead at the 350-yard box, Double Pay maintained a strong gallop throughout and he had the same distance in hand over Speedie Bella at the winning line. The time was a slick 28.96.
In the very next race, the Jack Duff owned Well Boys got off the mark in what was the Upcoming Con & Annie Kirby S5 350. As the hare approached it was Well Boys who showed the field a clean pair of paws as the daughter of Ballymac Bigmike - Greenisle Athena took a comprehensive lead into the opening turn. From here, Well Boys powered up the home straight and crossed the line three clear of Hawkeye Panther in second. The time was 19.12.
Ballynoe Queen hadn’t endured much luck in her past few starts but she got back to winning ways in race ten, an A4 525. Jointly owned by Liam Hayes & Thomas Ryan, a level break saw Ballynow Queen emerge from the pack and after tracking well early on, the daughter of Superior Product - Liosgarbh Ene drew clear down the back straight. Maintaining an excellent gallop thereafter, Remembethetitan came through for second but Ballynoe Queen was five lengths better off at the winning line. The time was 29.12.