ARDRATH PEARL was the star performer in Curraheen Park on Saturday night, the daughter of Droopys Roddick and Ardrath Scarlett recording a 13th career in the seventh, an AA0.
In fine form in recent times, the 5-2 winner came out running and she stormed around the opening turns in front. Cash Ready was within touching distance early on and he showed plenty of pace on his return to racing action. However, it was all about the classy winner as she galloped powerfully to the line. That's four wins from her last six outings, four lengths clear of Cash Ready, in a fantastic 29.57.
STRONG PERFORMANCE FROM BUCKS
In the following race, an A0, Churchtown Bucks returned to winning ways.
Trained by Denis Fitzgerald for owner Mick Crotty, the 2-1 second choice of the punters produced one of his better starts to lead early. Once in front, he was always going to take a great deal of beating. Sweep The Yard made good late progress, but the winner was two and a half lengths clear, in a smart 28.38.
SEVENHEADS ROCK BACK WITH A BANG
In the fourth, an SS0 Sprint, Sevenheads Rock made the most of a great opportunity.
Trained by Graham Holland for John O'Regan, the short priced 4-6 favourite was in front before the opening corner and he pulled away to beat Watch Out Girl, by four and a half lengths, in a lively 17.58.
IN OTHER RACES
In the opening round of the Bull Run Bolt At Stud A2 575, Knight Supreme (3-1) went quickest for Lorraine Moore. In front early, he showed plenty of all-round pace to deny the gallant Oh Hokey Pokey. A length the difference, in 31.16, with seven lengths back to Aherla Scott in third.
Next best on the clock was Shinnagh Jet, who scored for Jeremiah Murphy. A 6-1 outsider, he showed sizzling early gears to storm clear. Jirano Concorde made late gains, but the winner still had three and a half lengths to spare, in 31.24. Ballydoyle Razor was third, seven and a half lengths back.
Our Sydney took the opening heat at odds of 4-6, making it a double on the night for trainer, Pat Kiely. Owned by Babs Kiely, he broke best and then went on to lead all the way. Balterio was within a length and a half with four and a half lengths back to Carefree Tipp in third.