Ian Fortune

After just two career starts it may be a little early to proclaim Rannoch Moor a superstar of the future but the evidence thus far suggests he is going to be pretty special.

On Thursday night the Francie Murray trained youngster maintained the unbeaten start to his career, posting 28.65 on a slow surface on his way to a facile success in the second round of the Dublin Unraced at Shelbourne Park.

The track was subsequently rated .30 slow but to the eye it was running even slower. Despite screwing out of trap three, the well bred son of Taylors Sky and Leezie Lindsay got racing immediately and was in front after a couple of strides.

Once going to the front, Howard Wallace’s hugely promising puppy drove further and further clear to eventually see off Ballymac Cams by nine and a half lengths. It’s pretty clear Rannoch Moor has the potential to make headlines in the future.


The other semi final was also won in pretty impressive fashion. Glory Kilara got no real run in the opening round before finishing behind Rannoch Moor but he clearly learnt from the experience. Breaking smartly from trap two, Sheila Duncan’s well bred son of Droopys Jet and prolific brood Kilara Cher was never in danger.

Holding a comfortable lead into the back straight he stretched on in the second half of the contest to cross the line six and a half lengths clear of Set The Clock in 28.90. He too has a bright future and it would be no surprise to see him improving even further in the coming months.