Glowing Exile made it the perfect two wins from two career outings when winning last night's opener at Youghal track, the final of the €700 Y.T Supporters Club unraced stake.
The reserve Philipstown Bid took them along for most of the way, but the 1-2 favourite, who is owned by Andrew Lynch, Cappoquin, finished really strongly and went on to score, by half a length, in 29.64.
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Gonzo showed exceptional pace to land a few decent bets in race eight, an A3. Just making the corner in front, Rian Crotty's well-backed 6-4 winner then took off.
Flying down the back straight, he quickly put the race to bed. Powering up the home straight, the exciting June puppy came home with five and a half lengths to spare over Ardera Wee Sal, in a top-class 28.88.
TOP CLASS FROM PONGO
Slaneyside Pongo produced another smart display in race seven, an A0/A1.
Derek Kehoe's runner, a 2-1 winner, showing serious gears to win, in 29.07. Ardrath Pearl caught the eye in second, just a length and a half behind.
IN OTHER RACES
Race two, an A4, went the way of Coolanga Twirl, for Benny Deady, Midelton. Third heading down the back, the 2-1 winner showed plenty of staying power to just get the better of the running-on Nualas Buick. A length between them, in 29.70.
Race three was over in a matter of strides as Jim Joe broke best and led early. He normally does his best work in the closing stages so once he led it was game over. Pat Moloney's 2-1 favourite proving three and a half lengths too strong for Canvas Lilly, by three and a half lengths, in 29.69.
Backed from 2-1 into 6-4 on track, Mrs Will battled well to win race four, an A2, for Kevin McLean, Clonmel. On top in the closing stages, the winner scored in 29.70.
Dunbar Ace made all the running in race five, an A5, for Michael O'Callaghan, Carrignavar. A 5-2 chance in the ring, he won easily, in 29.91.
Corrin Susan came from last to first in race six, an A3, for Danny Kelleher, Fermoy. The 2-1 market leader coming through the field to beat Ballyhimikinhero, by a length, in 29.64.
Our King Reece was an impressive winner of race nine, an A5. Owned by Thomas O'Mahony and Damian Varian, the 11-2 shot winning in 29.80.
Pendys Mia, trained by John Hickey for Penny Brohler, Cork, made it back to back wins in race 10, an A4. Battling well to win, in 29.74, at odds of 3-1.
Bohermore Style caused an upset in race 11, an A3. Finishing well, the 10-1 outsider got up in the final stride to win, in 29.61, for William Kearney.
Burgess Mary took the closing race for Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly. Taking over late on, the 2-1 shot went on to win by two lengths, in 29.90.