Ian Fortune

Saturday’s card at Shelbourne Park was pretty low-key in comparison to most weeks but there was still some quality fare on offer including the feature race, the final of the Barking Buzz App A0 575, which provided a wonderful finish as Kildallon Pearl held on the advancing Sinfonia.

Noreen Weir’s Kildallon Pearl broke smartly from trap four and set a strong pace into the turn but she was always under pressure once Sinfonia managed to enter the back straight in second. The David Murray trained Kildallon Pearl is a strong runner, however, and she ran right to the line.

Sinfonia did fly up the straight to close but Kildallon Pearl (Droopys Sydney/ Mags Image) dug in to hold on by a head in a very quick 31.07. Allforthebest stayed on strongly to finish just two lengths adrift in third.      


Not for the first time in recent months, Gerry Holian had a tremendous night sending out an impressive brace of winners including the ultra-impressive Crokers Spirit.

The young son of Scolari Me Daddy and Boleys Ace gave a clear indication he is a greyhound to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Making a fast start from trap two, he shot up the fence to open a clear advantage over his rivals into the turn. Maintaining a powerful gallop throughout, the September ’19 whelp eventually saw off Awesome Blue by thirteen lengths in a brilliant 28.18.


Buttsys Best was a most taking winner of the A2 second race over 550yds as he initiated the Gerry Holian double.

The son of Ballymac Best and Killeacle Tammy was slowly into stride but relished the longer run to the turn as he displayed great early dash to take up the running approaching the corner.

Showing real fluency around the opening two bends, the Buttsys Bucko Syndicate owned brindle quickly put the contest out of the reach of his rivals. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, Buttsys Best went on to beat Valentia Royal by six lengths in 29.85.


Murt Leahy was on the mark with Dark Devil as he dictated throughout to win the high-class penultimate race on the card in a rapid 28.29.

Jim Langton’s son of Ballymac Vic and Bull Run Ballad flew up the outside of the track to lead both Fast Fit Paddy and Burgess Glengar.

The chasers did all they could to close the gap into the third turn but there was no let up from Dark Devil. The talented black continued to roll out front before coming home two and a half lengths clear of Fast Fit Paddy.


There was a desperately tight finish to the fourth race with Gilbert Anderson’s Bull Run Norris claiming his first win of the year as he rallied to repel the persistent challenge of Razldazl Monarch.

The Pat Buckley trained Bull Run Norris found himself with room to race in the early yards and the son of Bull Run Bolt and Tullowmac Java took full advantage, quickening to the front before the corner.

Razldazl Monarch turned second and this ultimately set up a tremendous finish. Bull Run Norris led by a length and half down the far side but as he steered a middle path around the last two bends, Razldazl Monarch made his move on the fence.

Joining the early leader off the final bend, Razldazl Monarch seemed the most likely scorer but Bull Run Norris wasn’t to be denied and he dug into see off his rival by a short head in 28.39.


Racing ended with Gortkelly Nestor continuing his superb run of form.

A step up to 550yds always seemed likely to suit Andy Murray’s son of Droopys Jet and Dream Queen and after a flying start from trap four, he always seemed to have the measure of the pursuing Knockboy Flight.

The latter did close on Gortkelly Nestor into the third turn but had the door closed on him. This allowed Gortkelly Nestor to charge home a length clear in a very useful 29.62. 


Highview Magnet continued her rapid rise through the ranks in the A1 third race as she dictated throughout to post a rapid 28.55.

Dolores Merriman’s daughter of Pat C Sabbath and Highview idol shot from trap two and was clear of her rivals into the back straight. Newport Diva did show plenty of pace and stamina to take second spot but Highview Magnet held on to score by two lengths in 28.55.

The Merriman clan later completed a double as Highview Secure made the most of a fast start to make all in the tenth race. Trained by Gerry Merriman for his father Paddy, the daughter of Storm Control and Highview Idol was always in the driving seat and she dug in to see off the staying on Diva Deborah by three parts of a length in 28.85. 


Patricks Machine was a thoroughly professional winner of the seventh race for Neilus O’Connell and owner Siobhan Burke.

The son of Kinloch Brae and Newinn Tesse flew from the inside draw and never saw a rival as he coasted home three lengths clear of Moanteen Maestro in 28.53. 


Knight Hurricane brought his tally to four wins from eight outings in the A1 fifth race.

Ollie Bray’s son of Laughil Blake and Royal Highflyer came away racing to contain Razldazl Mya and Waikiki Bomber into the turn.

Waikiki Bomber emerged as the main threat into the third turn, showing fine pace to challenge on the inside of Knight Hurricane but the latter drove the bend to re-establish his advantage. Razldazl Mya stayed on well to grab second but Knight Hurricane held on by a length in 28.78. 


Michael Devereux has his team in fine shape lately and he sent out Tinnock Phantom to win the sixth race on the card.

Having stepped down in trip, the daughter of Ballymac Vic and Glenlee needed to be at her sharpest and she certainly was, flashing from the inside trap to dominate throughout.

Ballygloss Teddy came home well to take second spot but there was no catching Tinnock Phantom, who went on to score by four and a half lengths in 28.71.


Racing commenced with Ask Yourself running out a comfortable winner for owners Pat Connolly and Fergal Nugent.

The Francie Murray trained son of Droopys Sydney and Exemplar came away well and displayed superior early speed to his rivals.

He was left further clear on the turn although he scarcely needed the help as he drove further clear down the back straight. Despite tying up a little in the closing yards, Ask Yourself emerged a facile five and a half length winner over Geedee Sox in 28.93.