With the ‘Con & Annie Kirby Memorial 2020’ not too far away, last night’s Limerick card featured the final of the ‘Upcoming Kirby Unraced 525’ and team Guilfoyle look to have unleashed another potential star as Magical Buddy ran out an easy winner of the €800 to the winner feature.
A ten length winner on debut, Magical Buddy went to traps the 4/6 favourite to frank the opening round form and the young July 18’ pup duly bounced from trap two to dictate the pace into the opening corner. It was nip and tuck around the first couple of turns with both Rathin Snowy and Tiermana Storm not too far off the pace. However, within a matter of strides, Magical Buddy had put daylight between himself and the rest of the field as he opened a strong four length gap down the back straight. It was a formality thereafter as the Alice & Dan Guilfoyle owned black went about his business in superb fashion to come home over seven lengths clear. The time was a slick 28.88 for the well bred son of ‘Skywalker Puma - Skywalker Alice’ and expect more to come in the coming months from the Pat Guilfoyle’s future star.
VALOR MAKES A WINNING RETURN
Leg three of Limerick’s ‘Super Six’ races was also down for decision on the night and Boylesports Irish Derby semi finalist, Ballydoyle Valor made a winning return to action after a Winter break.
Sent to traps the 13/8 second favourite behind Cabra Firmino, Ballydoyle Valor boasted an eye-catching 18.41 sprint trial at HQ in preparation for his return so it was hardly surprising to see the black fly out of trap one to take the initiative. Drifting wide on the run-up, Ballydoyle Valor showed the better of the early pace to turn the opening corner a couple clear of the strong running Ardfert Rooster in second. It was always going to be a difficult task for the chasing pack to get back on terms with ‘Valor’ thereafter and this proved the case as the son of ‘Kinloch Brae - Fear Emoski’ stayed on strong in final 50 yards to hold off the fast finishing Ardfert Rooster in second. Cabra Firmino meanwhile, never really got going early on and had to settle for bronze as the clock read a smart 30.00.
SHEEDY THE SELECTION IN FEBRUARY UNRACED
Getting the card underway were three semi finals of the ‘February Unraced ON2’ and the pick of the three went to Newinn Sheedy in the last of the three.
Owned by the formidable Larry O’Rourke and trained by Graham Holland, this was a straightforward task for Newinn Sheedy as the September 18’ whelp came away fast from trap three. Making an early dart to the rail, the blue took a three length lead into the back straight and the writing was already on the wall for the chasing pack in behind. The result never in doubt, the son of ‘Coolavanny Jap - Newinn Boddles’ claimed a near eight length success, in a fast time of 28.94. The winner returned the 4/6 jolly.