The highlight on last night’s Limerick card was the three semi finals of the ‘Michael Tobin Memorial Tri Distance’ and after a brilliant first round display from Doolin Princess, the classy bitch put in another excellent performance last night to gallop into next week's final.
Trained by Pat Buckley for owner Austin Whelan, Doolin Princess couldn't have been more impressive in the opening round as she clocked 29.77 for the 550 leg and the step up to 575 certainly hasn't caused any issues. Pinging from trap one last night, the talented daughter of ‘Barcia Bale - Droopys Smasher’ quickly took the ascendancy and was to put a major marker down for the 600 yard final next week. Displaying huge gears down the back straight, Doolin Princess stayed on effortlessly close home to claim a seven length victory over Bargain Devil in second. The time was a super fast 31.06, just a length and a half off the track record.
MARY DOUBLES UP
Indeed, Pat Buckley will be doubly represented in next week's decider as Glengar Mary landed the second semi final in decisive fashion.
Owned by Kenny Glen, Glengar Mary (Pat C Sabbath - Beaming Coyote) is another who ran a cracker in the opening round as she recorded a fine 30.01 for the 550 yards. Only a September 18’ whelp, she is certainly heading the right direction for connections and she was quickly into stride from trap three to lead last night. Setting a strong pace down the back straight, her rivals simply could not cope with the intensity shown in front and she ran on strong to record a ten length victory over Sporry Majestic in second. The time was another fast, 31.13.
HANNIBAL NOTCHES TENTH WIN
In the opening semi final of the night, Hannibal got back to winning ways to record his tenth career victory for owner Declan Beary.
A winner of three on the trot at HQ just before the lockdown, Hannibal looks to be returning to that kind of form as he was quickly into stride from trap three to lead early doors. Once in front, the son of ‘College Causeway - Sink The Pink’ was always going to be a tough nut to crack and this so proved as he ran out a convincing four and a half length winner. The time was a decent 31.54.
JUMEIRAH SEALS BUCKLEY TREBLE
Prior to sealing two of the three Michael Tobin Memorial Semi finals, Pat Buckley was in the winners circle again as Jumeirah Master made a winning start to racing in race six.
Owned by Jimmy Buckley, Jumeirah Master was the 4/6 market leader and after slotting into second place early on from trap three, the son of ‘Droopys Jet - Jumeirah Lolls’ took control on the back straight and stayed on well thereafter. Claiming a two and a half length success, the time was a slick 29.01 and there is more to come from this fellow. Anhid News is also one to keep an eye on as he was noted finishing well in second.
ROLLY ROLLS IN
There was an extremely impressive performance in race eight as the Kathy Scalon owned Ballyelan Rolly produced a sensational performance to record 28.58.
A son of ‘Laughil Blake - Ballyelan Comet’, Ballyelan Rolly had to settle for second in his opening race but he dusted himself down and flew around Dock Road last night on his re=apperance. Fast away from trap three, ‘Comet’ was always in command and the result was never in doubt as he romped to a near nine length success. The time was a scintillating 28.58.
Tullovin Duke was highlighted a few weeks back after recording 28.87 on debut at Clonmel and his litter brother Tennessee Waltz made his first appearance last night and put in an equally impressive display.
Owned by Michael O’Heidhin, Tennessee Waltz was sent to traps an even money shot wearing the red jacket and he was quickly into stride to take control early. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, Braveheart Billy tried hard in second but was unable to reel in the leader as the son of ‘Good News - Tullovin Fire’ held on by half a length. The time was a swift 28.80.
Elsewhere on the card there was a double for the Kelly kennels as Gurtnacrehy Tom and Gurtnacrehy Bale both made winning starts to their racing careers.
First up was Gurtnacrehy Tom (Laughil Blake - Tyrur Jennamarie) in the opening race of the night. Heading to traps the 8/11 jolly, the James Kelly owned black led from start to finish as he recorded a two length victory to clock 29.38.
Later in the card, in race five, litter brother Gurtnacrehy Bale followed suit with a more dominant display. A 5/4 favourite in the betting, ‘Bale’ flew from trap five as he to made every post a winning one, eventually coming home six lengths better off the nearest rival in second. The time was 29.29.